Recreation

Welcome -- Great Lakeshores, Great Lighthouses, Great Islands, Great Snow

Snowmobiling

When you first enter the Hiawatha National Forest, look around. At first glance, you'll see a forest with abundant wildlife, miles of rivers and streams, and dozens of waterfalls. You'll see a forest that touches the scenic shorelines and beaches of three Great Lakes, and is home to six historic lighthouses. You'll notice Grand Island and Round Island, two great lakes islands. You'll see historical structures, archaeological sites, and prehistoric Native American artifacts that are a window to our past, which are being preserved for our future.

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Superior Wildlands Newsletter (pdf)

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

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Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Au Train River Canoe Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed in winter.
Au Train Songbird Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed in winter.
Bay De Noc Grand Island National Recreation Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed in winter.
Bay Furnace Historic Site and Interpretive Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed in winter.
Bruno's Run Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed in winter.
Colwell Lake Hiking Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed in winter.
Fisherman's Hike Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed in winter.
Haymeadow Falls Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed in winter.
Indian River Canoe Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed in winter.
McKeever Cabin Open to Visitor Open Year Round. In the winter, you must park at the entrance to the Widewaters Campground and ski or snowshoe FR2163 for approximately one mile. Snowmobiles are not allowed to the cabin.
McKeever Hills Cross Country Ski Trail Open to Visitor This trail is groomed in winter. The parking area/trailhead is plowed.
McNearey Cross Country Ski Trail Open to Visitor This trail is groomed in winter. The parking area/trailhead is plowed.
Monocle Lake Interpretive Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed in winter.
Nahma Marsh Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed in winter.
North Country National Scenic Trail-Munising Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed in winter.
North Country National Scenic Trail-SaultSteMarie Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed in winter.
Peninsula Point Interpretive Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed in winter.
Pine Marten Run Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed in winter.
Rapid River National Cross Country Ski Trail Open to Visitor This trail is groomed. The parking lot/trailhead is plowed.
Ridge Interpretive Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed in winter.
Sand Dunes Cross Country Ski Trail Open to Visitor This trail is groomed. The parking lot/trailhead is plowed in winter.
St. Martin's Cross Country Ski Trail Open to Visitor This trail is groomed. The parking lot/trailhead is plowed.
Toms Lake Cabin Open to Visitor Open Year Round. The road to the cabin is not plowed.
Valley Spur Cross Country Ski Trail Open to Visitor This trail is groomed. The parking lot/traihead is plowed.
Valley Spur Mountain Bike Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed in winter.
Van Winkle Lake Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed in winter.
Waboose Cross Country Ski Trail Open to Visitor This trail is groomed. The parking lot/trailhead is plowed.
Walker Lake Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed in winter.

Spotlights

Grand Island National Recreation Area

Grand Island's beautiful North Beach

Bring the family and check out Grand Island National Recreation Area!

Grand Island is located in Lake Superior, about one-half mile from the mainland community of Munising, Michigan. Munising is about 43 miles from Marquette and 55 miles from Manistique. Grand Island is the perfect place to spend a day or even just a few hours biking and exploring. The island’s breathtaking overlooks, pristine sandy beaches, fascinating cultural sites, deep hard woods, and inland lakes make it an exciting and secluded destination.

Visitors can get to the island via passenger ferry or private watercraft. The ferry departs from Grand Island Landing on the mainland, located on M-28 about 2.5 miles west of the Munising's blinking light. Look for the Grand Island National Recreation Area signs.  The passenger ferry service to Grand Island operates under a concessionaire.  For ferry schedule and bike rental information contact Grand Island Ferry Service, Inc at (906) 387-2600.

For information about Grand Island Bus Tours, contact Alger County Transit (Altran) at (906) 387-4845.

To learn about rustic rental cabins available on the island Click Here.  For rustic cabin and group campsite reservations on Grand Island NRA, contact Recreation.gov online  (search 'Campsite on Grand Island') or at (877)-444-6777 (toll-free).

***NEW IN 2016 – Campsites on Grand Island National Recreation Area require reservations between June 15 and Labor Day.  Before and after this timeframe, all sites will remain first-come, first-served.  Please plan ahead and make your 2016 reservations now at www.recreation.gov  or by calling 1-877-444-6777***

To view the Grand Island Recreation Area Map Click Here.

Clear Lake Education Center

The Activities Hall at Clear Lake Education Center

Clear Lake Education Center is a place for people of all ages to come and connect with their natural world through integrated educational and recreational programs. The Camp is located near Shingleton, Michigan in the middle of the Hiawatha National Forest in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula.  Go to http://www.clearlakeinfo.org/ for more information

Christmas/Grand Island West Channel Range Light

During the hey-day of water transportation on Lake Superior, mariners lined up on pairs of "range lights," thus guided along a safe course through dangerous shallows of the island's west channel.  Today, visitors can view these range lights, conveniently located off of Highway M-28.