Welcome to the Ottawa National Forest

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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!

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Fall Color

Fall Colors on the Ottawa

Warm days and cool nights bring out the colors of the forest. Visit the Ottawa National Forest to discover your favorite place to view fall color!

Youth Conservation Corps (YCC)

The Ottawa National Forest will be filling seven (7) YCC positions in Watersmeet. Anyone interested should complete the form and return to their school counselor. Click on the link for more information.

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Ottawa Visitor Center

Located in the heart of the Ottawa, the Center provides a relaxing and informative environment for visitors to learn about the Ottawa National Forest and our nature, wildlife, and history.

Emerald Ash Borer

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One of the major concerns of the Ottawa National Forest at this time is the invasion of the Emerald Ash Borer...


J. W. Toumey Nursery

Nursery Planting Operations

The mission of J.W. Toumey Nursery demonstrates the highest standards of forest nursery management. 


Forest Plan Administrative Change 2 Proposal

If you are interested in administrative changes to the Ottawa National Forest’s 2006 Land and Resource Management Plan (Forest Plan), please read on.