Our Ranger Districts

Reaching our District Offices

For Ranger District contact information, visit the Offices page.

Unique Parts of a Unique Whole

In addition to the Supervisor's Office located in Gladstone, the Hiawatha National Forest operates five Ranger District Offices in the central and eastern Upper Peninsula.  While the individual Districts have many things in common (such as influence from one or more of the nearby Great Lakes), they are also uniquely different.

Manistique / Rapid River Ranger District
The Rapid River/Manistique Ranger District is situated in the south central part of Michigan's Upper Peninsula.  The District's proximity to Lake Michigan is an important influence particularly noticable in places like Peninsula Point Lighthouse and Little Bay de Noc Campground.  Other key water features on the District include three Wild & Scenic Rivers near Rapid River and the numerous inland lakes concentrated north of Manistique.  Also notable is the extensive jackpine habitat found on the district, including the Stonington Peninsula, providing habitat for the Kirtland's Warbler.

Munising Ranger District Office

Located in the north central area of the Upper Peninsula, the Munising Ranger District covers the area north of the east-west "mid-rib" of the peninsula, pausing at the Lake Superior shoreline, and jumping the water to Grand Island National Recreation Area, located just offshore of Munising.  Lake Superior's beauty and lake effect snow both influence the District's character and attract many visitors.  The District also includes two Congressionally designated Wildernesses.

St Ignace Ranger/Sault Ste Marie Ranger Districts  
In the eastern Upper Peninsula, the Forest lies adjacent to three of the Great Lakes.  Visitors exploring the Lake Superior shoreline will especially enjoy the Whitefish Bay Scenic Byway, including Point Iroquois Lighthouse.  Lake Michigan's beaches and dunes provide habitats for unique plants and animals, while visitors enjoy the beauty of Lake Michigan Campground.  Along Lake Huron, Forest visitors find the pristine Horseshoe Bay Wilderness, one of four Wildernesses on the east side of the Forest.  Every year, thousands of visitors to Mackinaw Island pass by the scenic Round Island which lies between Lakes Huron and Michigan and upon which sits the Round Island Lighthouse.