Watersmeet Ranger District

Area Status: Open
This area is Open
 

Watersmeet RD Office in winter

The Watersmeet Ranger District is one of five districts on the almost one million acre Ottawa National Forest. The District has approximately 25 people who manage a variety of traditional lands, fisheries, recreation and timber programs. Both the Wilderness and the recreation area receive high use, particularly during the summer season. Six developed campgrounds and a major visitor center, add to the heavy recreation program. The Ottawa Visitor Center is currently open year round with about 30,000 annual visitors.

Watersmeet is located in Michigan's Western Upper Peninsula, an area known for its woods and waters. This Headwaters area boasts beautiful, deep, clear, glacially formed lakes that provide water to the Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Mississippi Watersheds. Waterfalls are numerous and the major attractions to thousands of visitors annually.
The Watersmeet area is a perfect spot for fishing, picnicking, swimming, boating, canoeing, hiking, camping and hunting for grouse, black bear and white tailed deer. Tourism and timber products are the major industries in this area of forested hills and interspersed lakes and rivers. There are several resorts for those who wish to come to the Northwoods to stay in a comfortable cottage, or the Sylvania Wilderness for those wishing a more primitive experience in a pristine setting.
Watersmeet is in Big Snow Country where the rolling hills provide some of the best cross-country skiing in the mid-west. With snowfall averaging more than 100 inches a year, skiing usually begins in early December and sometimes doesn't end until after Easter. A half-dozen Alpine ski resorts are nearby - with Thanksgiving the declared opener for some. Major snowmobile trails cross the district and some trails even take the riders to view waterfalls in winter splendor
 

At a Glance

Open Season: January - December
Usage: Light-Medium

General Information

Directions:

To get to the Watersmeet/Iron River Ranger District Office, follow the signs to the Ottawa Visitor Center.  The District office is co-located with the Visitor Center on the corner of US 2 and Hwy. 45.  Access is from US 2.


General Notes:

The Watersmeet/Iron River Ranger District office is located across from the Visitor Center.


Directions:

From Watersmeet, Mi go north on US45 for approx 1 mile from intersection with US2. Turn East on Old US2 and travel east for approximately 7 miles to the campground. From Ontonagon, Mi take US45 south 43 miles and turn left on Old US2 and travel east for 7 miles.
 


Recreation Map

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Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Fishing

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Hiking

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Day Hiking

Meximinee Falls Trail is a short, fairly easy trail that follows the river for a good view of the falls. Total length round trip is approximately 1/4 mile. The trail is found at Burned Dam Campgrounds, approximately 7 miles northwest of Watersmeet.

General Info:

Directions

From Watersmeet, Mi go north on US45 for approx 1 mile from intersection with US2. Turn East on Old US2 and travel east for approximately 7 miles to the campground. From Ontonagon, Mi take US45 south 43 miles and turn left on Old US2 and travel east for 7 miles.
 


Status: Open

Areas for Day Hiking at Watersmeet Ranger District

Backpacking

There are several trails located in the Sylvania Wilderness for your backpacking enjoyment.  These trails normally follow the shoreline of lakes and take you to and from established wilderness campsites. 

Areas for Backpacking at Watersmeet Ranger District


Nature Viewing

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Outdoor Learning

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Picnicking

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Water Activities

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Winter Sports

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