Recreation

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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. (more)

Get started by exploring one of the activities below. Can't find what you're looking for? Select an activity from the list on the left, or use the drop-down on the right to find an area within each Ranger District.

Hiawatha's OnCell Tour App will allow you to take self-guided tours and get visitor info on your personal mobile device. Learn more here

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Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
AuTrain Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Bass Lake Campsites Open to Visitor
Bay Furnace Campground Open to Visitor
Bay View Campground Open to Visitor
Bear Lake Campsites Open to Visitor
Bermuda Campsite on Grand Island Open to Visitor
Brevort Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Camp 7 Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Camp Cook Campsites Open to Visitor
Carp River Campground Open to Visitor
Carr Lake Campsites Open to Visitor
Channel Marker Campsite on Grand Island Open to Visitor
Chicago Lake Campsites Open to Visitor
Clear Lake Campsite Open to Visitor
Colwell Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Cookson Lake Campsites Open to Visitor
Corner Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Council Lake Campsites Open to Visitor
Driftwood Campsite on Grand Island Open to Visitor
Duck Lake Campsite on Grand Island Open to Visitor
East Lake Campsites Open to Visitor
Ewing Point Campsite Open to Visitor
Flowing Well Campground Open to Visitor
Gamefence Campsite on Grand Island Open to Visitor
Gooseneck Lake Campsites Open to Visitor
Grand Island Farm Field Open to Visitor
Grand Island National Recreation Area   
Hardwood Campsite on Grand Island Open to Visitor
Haymeadow Creek Campsites Open to Visitor
Hemlock Campsite on Grand Island Open to Visitor
Hovey Lake Campsites Open to Visitor
Indian River Campground Open to Visitor
Ironjaw Lake Campsites Open to Visitor
Island Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Jackpine Lake Campsites Open to Visitor
Juniper Flats Group Campsite on Grand Island Open to Visitor
Lake Michigan Campground Open to Visitor
Lake Nineteen Campsites Open to Visitor
Leg Lake Campsites Open to Visitor
Little Bass Lake Campsites Open to Visitor
Little Bay De Noc Campground Open to Visitor
Little Duck Campsite on Grand Island Open to Visitor
Little Dune 1 Campsite on Grand Island Open to Visitor
Little Dune 2 Campsite on Grand Island Open to Visitor
Loon Call Campsite on Grand Island Open to Visitor
Lyman Lake Campsites Open to Visitor
McKeever Cabin Open to Visitor Cabin stoves are currently out of service and cannot be used. A fire ring is available for outdoor campfires.
Minerva Lake Campsites Open to Visitor
Monocle Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Mowe Lake Campsites Open to Visitor
Murray Bay Group Campsite on Grand Island Open to Visitor
Petes Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Soldier Lake Campground Open to Visitor
Steuben Lake Campsites Open to Visitor
Swan Lake Campsites Open to Visitor
Three Lakes Campground Open to Visitor
Toms Lake Cabin Open to Visitor Cabin stoves are currently out of service and cannot be used. A fire ring is available for outdoor campfires.
Triangle Lake Campsite Open to Visitor
Widewaters Campground Open to Visitor

Spotlights

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

New! Take a self-guided tour of our Lighthouses via the Hiawatha's OnCell App! Learn more here.

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.

Grand Island National Recreation Area

Grand Island's beautiful North Beach

NEW Engage your kids in the new "Grand Island Ranger" Agents of Discovery mobile game! Learn more here.

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. Some campsites are conveniently located for kayakers. 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.  

To view the Grand Island Recreation Area Map Click Here.

If you're interested in the island's history, check out the Grand Island 25th Anniversary Page (archived).

Areas & Activities

Highlights

Quick Link: Recreation Passes

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Quick Link: Maps and Brochures

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Quick Link: Interactive Visitor Map

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Quick Link: OnCell App - Lighthouse Tour

OnCell Lighthouse Tour App

 



https://www.fs.usda.gov/recmain/hiawatha/recreation