Welcome to the Ottawa National Forest

Welcome to the Ottawa National Forest website.

The almost one million acres of the Ottawa National Forest are located in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The forest extends from the south shore of Lake Superior to the Wisconsin border. The area is rich in wildlife viewing opportunities; breathtaking views of rolling hills dotted with lakes, rivers and waterfalls; and spectacular fall colors. But you have to see it to believe it--come visit the Ottawa!

Plan Your Trip

Seasonal Highlights

Explore OHV riding on the forest.

Ride on the Forest

The Forest has over 2,300 miles of Forest Service road and trail open to off-highway vehicles (OHVs).

Waterfalls at O Kun De Kun

Chasing Waterfalls

What's better then one waterfall? 18 of them! Find a waterfall to visit today. 

Need to Know

Plan Your Trip: Passes and Permits  Plan Your Trip: Maps and Publications  Plan Your Trip: Contact An Office  





Discover the Forest

  Plan Your Trip: Find Your Trail - Nonmotorized  Plan Your Trip: Find Your Paddle  Plan Your Trip: Find a Campsite  







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GAOA – Forest-wide Trails Rehab

Sturgeon River Gorge Falls Trail

Heavy winters, wind and rainstorms over the last several years have resulted in a faster accumulation of repairs, erosion, and overgrowth than partner volunteers could keep up with.

GAOA – Camp Nesbit Window Replacement

Camp Nesbit Window Replacement

Camp Nesbit was built in 1938 by the Civilian Conservation Corps and exists today much as it did when construction was completed in the late 1930’s.


GAOA – Forest Road 3925 Rehab

Road work ahead sign.

Gogebic County Road Commission crews have started work on culvert replacements and will work from east to west towards Indian Village Road.