Iron River Ranger District

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Sign for Iron River RD

Iron River is located in Iron County, in the western portion of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, just seven miles from the Wisconsin border. The border is shared with the Nicolet National forest. The Iron River Ranger District is 138,000 acres in size. Recreation opportunities include two camping for fee campgrounds and two rustic campgrounds. Three wilderness areas are located on adjacent districts. The area's climate is truly unique for each season of the year. The weather is summarized as follows: 31 inches of average annual precipitation, 68 inches of snowfall, an average of 62 frost-free days, 59 degree F. average temperature May through September, and long cold winters.
Four-season recreation is Iron County's claim to fame. 2,175 lakes and 902 miles of streams offer unlimited challenges for both warm and cold-water fishing. Three rivers on the district have recently been designated as recreational rivers under the Wild and Scenic rivers Act. Northern hardwoods, pine, balsam fir, and spruce cover 80% of the county. More whitetail deer Boone and Crockett entries have been taken from the forests of Iron County than any other Michigan county. Add to this, the title of woodcock capital of the world and one cannot find any better small and big game hunting anywhere in the Midwest.
When winter arrives, it's no time to rest. 212 miles of snowmobile trails connect to a vast system of trails throughout upper Michigan and northern Wisconsin. The Iron River District, in cooperation with Covenant Point Bible Camp, grooms and maintains a Nordic ski trail, and Ski Brule, a major ski resort, is just minutes from town.


At a Glance

Permit Info: Firewood, Balsam Boughs, and Christmas Tree Permits are available during normal office hours.
Open Season: January - December
Usage: Light-Medium
Passes: Interagency Passes are available during office hours

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Day Hiking

Cooks Run Trail consist of several miles of trails that takes through aspen, hardwood and conifer stands. The majority of the trail is flat with some small slopes to walk up. The trail goes on for several miles with the option to loop back around to the main gate. In the fall, hunters and their dogs take advantage of the bird hunting, but all are welcome to come and enjoy the beauty of Cooks Run Hunter Walking Trail . Motorized vehicles of any kind are prohibited on this trail. The trail is accessed along FH 16, heading south off of US2. Take FH 16 approximately 1 mile. There is a sign that reads "Hunter Trail", on the south side of the road, announcing the road that leads into the trail. Follow the road that heads north until you see a small parking area on the north side of the road, before the gate.

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Status: Open

Areas for Day Hiking at Iron River Ranger District


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Nature Viewing

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Water Activities

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Winter Sports

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