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.
Spring onto the Forests
Know Before You Go
People of all ages and abilities help the Forest Service care for the land and serve communities. The Adopt-a-Trail program, a partnership with Michigan Department of Natural Resources, is a great way to immediately help us work towards eliminating illegal dumping and increase the awareness of recycling opportunities for waste materials found on both federal and state land.
Effective October 1, 2021, the Huron-Manistee National Forests (HMNFs) changed our Motor Vehicle Use (MVU) designation of Forest Service roads to include Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs).
Downloadable trail maps and guides for use on our forests.
Wilderness Values at Nordhouse Dunes
Nordhouse is one of two federally Designated Wilderness Areas in Michigan’s lower peninsula. Review restrictions prior to visiting and practice low impact recreation guidlines.
Wild and Scenic River Stewardship
Five rivers are designated based on their scenic beauty, fish and wildlife habitat, and recreational values. Do your part to leave our rivers in better shape for the next generation.