Bergland Cultural & Heritage Center and Museum

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Old Berland Rd Office

The Ottawa National Forest is committed to preserving and interpreting the unique history and culture of the Bergland area. The Bergland Cultural & Heritage Center is located in the historic Bergland Ranger Station, an ideal setting for an interpretive heritage center that showcases the local areas history and culture by providing education opportunities through workshops, programs, events and interpretation.

This vintage administrative site was constructed in 1936 by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) for the Ottawa National Forest. It was one of the first administrative offices built for the Forest. Already listed as a part of the Western Upper Peninsula Heritage Trail Network, this historical property is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places and is one of the only remaining administrative offices of its type within the Eastern Region of the National Forest System.

A Forest Service Museum is located in the former ranger station. The center is open part-time during the summer season, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, 11:00am to 3:00pm EST.

Each year we try to host one community event, offering a glimpse into local area history, flora and fauna, recreation opportunities and local artisans. Area information, a walking trail, native plant garden, and picnic tables are available. Each year the Friends group host one community event, offering a glimpse into local area history, flora and fauna, recreation opportunities and local artisans. 

This is a must stop if and when you are in Bergland. The Western Upper Peninsula has a rich and fascinating history. Cultural, scenic and historical sites are scattered throughout the area. Beautiful scenery, natural resources, historical landmarks and the Great Lakes water system make the Western Upper Peninsula a premier vacation destination.

Click here to visit the Bergland/Matchwood Historical Society's Website


At a Glance

Current Conditions: Visit the Bergland/Matchwood Historical Society Musem website for more information.
Operational Hours: Open Memorial Day to Labor Day.  12:00 p. m. - 4:00 p. m. EDT, Wednesday - Friday
Area Amenities: Interpretive Site,Accessible,Toilets,Parking
Fees None
Open Season: January - December
Usage: Light
Best Season: May-October
Busiest Season: May-October
Restrictions: Summer Season, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
Closest Towns: Ironwood, MI is 26 Miles to the West and Marquette, MI is 119 miles to the East.
Water: Yes
Restroom: Yes
Operated By: Friends of the Bergland Cultural & Heritage Center. 906-236-0312 or write PO Box 44, Bergland, MI 4
Information Center: Provides maps and pamplets about local area and Ottawa National Forest. 

General Information


From Ironwood, Mi take US2 East to Wakefield and then take M28 to Bergland. From points East take M28 West to Bergland. From Points South take US 45 to Bruce Crossing, MI and then turn left on M28 and travel 21 miles to Bergland.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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Nature Viewing

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Viewing Plants

Native Garden that was planted in the spring of 2008.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Outdoor Learning

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Interpretive Site Native Plant Garden & Trail
Toilets Inside Buildings
Accessible Cultural & Heritage Center has a ramp