Bergland Ranger District

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Old RD Office

The Bergland Ranger District is managed by the Ontonagon Ranger District.  Currently the Old Ranger Quarters houses the Bergland/Matchwood Historical Society and the Administrative Offices is home to the Bergland Cultural & Heritage Center.  The Bergland Cultural & Heritage Center provides information about the Ottawa National Forest and surrounding attractions during the summer months.  This district offers miles of hiking trails and wildlife/nature viewing.

At a Glance

Rentals & Guides: There are snowmobile and boat rentals available in the area. 
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Picnic tables,Parking
Open Season: January - December
Usage: Light-Medium
Closest Towns: Ironwood, Michigan is 26 miles to the West and Marquette, Michigan is 125 miles to the East on M-28.
Operated By: Bergland Hertitage and Cultural Association

General Information


Located in Bergland, Michigan which is 26 miles east of Ironwood, Michigan on M-28. 

Recreation Map

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Day Hiking

Gogebic Ridge Trail - An interesting side trip from the Bergland portion of the North Country Trail is the Gogebic Ridge Trail. It begins from a point along Forest Road 250, one mile north of M-28 at Merriweather, or on M-64, 3 miles north of Bergland. The trail leads east from Forest Road 250 along the north and east shore of Weary Lake to a ledge overlooking Lake Gogebic, and then northward where it intersects M-64. The trail crosses M-64 and continues east over Cookout Mountain to Old M-64. After crossing Old M-64, the trail leads to Sandhill Creek, and finally ends at its junction with the North Country Trail.
Cascade Falls Trail - This one-mile trail offers two alternative routes to reach a small waterfall on Cascade Creek. To reach the trailhead parking lot, go 7 miles northeast of Bergland on Forest Road 400 to the junction with Forest Road 468. Two routes depart from the parking lot. The scenic Twin Peaks route climbs a bluff overlooking the West Branch of the Ontonagon River and the Trap Hills. The Valley route avoids the steep path of the higher route but reaches the same destination.

Status: Open

Areas for Day Hiking at Bergland Ranger District


North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT). The NCT travels about 116 miles across the Ottawa National Forest from the Eastern boundary of the Kenton Ranger District to Copper Peak Ski Hill north of Ironwood, Mi. on the Bessemer Ranger District, including 8 miles that traverses through the McCormick Wilderness. The trail is managed primarily for hiking and backpacking use. Hiking along the North Country Trail is an adventure that spans across a landscape that features streams and waterfalls, rocky escarpments with spectacular views, gently rolling uplands, and pine plains. The NCT traverses northeast of the Victoria Reservoir and south of Victoria Road and on into the Norwich Out Crop and Bluffs. It is 13 miles from Victoria to the Norwich Road Trailhead. The trail continues west from the Norwich Road for 3.7 mils to the trailhead on FR 630 and then 3.3 miles to the trailhead on FR 400 and then on into The Trap Hills. As the trail traverses through the Trap Hills, this portion of the trail is 9.3 miles to the trailhead on FR 326 and then 3.8 miles to the intersection with M64. The last segment prior to entering the Porcupine State Park is 12.9 miles. Fish for trout, bass, perch, walleye, and northern pike in the ponds, lakes, and streams along the trail. Observe wildlife, visit historical sites, and spend the night in shelters or campgrounds along the trail. The trail is challenging and traverses through areas of very rugged topography and often several miles from the nearest motor vehicle access point. Most stream crossings are without bridges. Trail segments maps are available upon request.

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

Areas for Backpacking at Bergland Ranger District

Nature Viewing

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Winter Sports

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Picnic tables
Interpretive Site