Ontonagon Ranger District

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Offices of the Ontonagon Ranger District

Ontonagon Ranger District is on the shores of Lake Superior, largest of the Great Lakes, and the mouth of the Ontonagon River. There are numerous outdoor recreational opportunities. Hunting, fishing, swimming, hiking, boating, and ATV riding are available in the summer and fall months. In the winter downhill, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing are available. 

At a Glance

Operational Hours: District Offices are open Monday-Friday (Except Federal Holidays) 8am - 4pm.
Permit Info: Firewood, Boughs, and Christmas Tree Permits are available during normal business hours.
Open Season: January - December
Usage: Light-Medium
Closest Towns: Ontonagon, Michigan
Passes: Interagency Passes are available during office hours.
Operated By: US Forest Service

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Day Hiking

The Ontonagon Ranger District offers many trails that range in distance and terrain, as well as large section of the North Country Trail for the hiking enthusiast.  The trails will range from flat and easy, such as the Circle of Life Trail and Courtney Lake to more challenging such as the climb at Silver Mountain, where it leads to an overlook area with an endless view in every direction and view the remnants of an old fire tower.  You will find many of our trails lead to waterfalls and are absolutely gorgeous during fall colors.


A favorite hike is Silver Mountain.  Silver Mountain is an isolated basalt dome that was the interior of a volcanic vent.  At 1,312 feet elevation, it commands a spectacular view of Prickett Lake Backwaters and a majority of the Sturgeon River Gorge wilderness and surrounding forested countryside.  The trail is a steep packed earth trail with staircases leading to the summit and the hike takes about 45 minutes and is very steep.  The climb is worth it, once you get to the top the view is wonderful. 

Silver Mountain during fall colors

Status: Open
Usage: To get to Silver Mountain from Sidnaw, Mi., travel east on M 28 approximately ¼ mile to FR 2200, turn left onto FR 2200 and travel approximately 11 miles to FR 2270, travel approximately 4 mile on FR 2270 to Silver Mountain. To get to Silver Mountain from the north off of M 38 take FH 16 south approximately 6 miles to FR 1640, turn left onto FR 1640 (Laird Road) and travel approximately 6 miles to FR 2276, turn right onto FR 2276 and travel approximately 1 ½ miles to FR 2270, turn right onto FR 2270 and travel approximately 1 mile to Silver Mountain.

Areas for Day Hiking at Ontonagon Ranger District


The North Country Trail travels east - west through the heart of the Ontonagon Ranger District.  In doing so it travels over various types of terrian and near some of the favorite sites and waterfalls. 

Fire InformationCampfires are permitted, however it is recommended to use a cooking stove. Please leave it has you found it.
Status: Open

Nature Viewing

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Water Activities

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Winter Sports

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