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Welcome to the Huron-Manistee National Forests

Lying between the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron in the northern half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, is the nearly one-million-acre Huron-Manistee National Forests. The Forests offer year-around motorized and non-motorized recreation opportunities. Most popular are the trails and campgrounds along four nationally designated Wild and Scenic Rivers such as the Pine, Manistee, Au Sable and Pere Marquette. 

The Forests management team of botanists, biologists, archeologists, fire, timber, and silvicultural specialists manage for health, harvest, prescribed burns and endangered/sensitive species habitat.  The HMNF is host to such species as the Kirtland’s Warbler, Piping Plover, Karner Blue Butterfly and Pitcher’s Thistle.

Recent News


Every Kid Outdoors - 4th Grader Free Pass

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Go to the link above and sign-up, print and get out to explore not only the 1 million plus acres of the Huron-Manistee National forest, but the other 193 million acres of National Forest across the nation.

Firewood Permits

A free permit is required to cut firewood on Huron-Manistee National Forests. Find out which areas and what can be cut, how to access areas to cut firewood, and how you can help us manage the land by obtaining a permit. 


Snowmobiling in the Forest - 600+ miles of trails

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With over 600 miles of trails, groomed by hundreds of area volunteers, the area booms with snowmobile enthusiasts all winter.  See link above for links to maps and more.

Cross Country Skiing and Snow Shoeing - 300+ miles of trails

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Whether trekking your own trail, sliding along a groomed trail, or cutting your own cross country in shoes, find some of the best trails and back country in the state.