Recreation

The Huron-Manistee National Forests are 976,043 acres of public lands across the northern lower peninsula of Michigan. With many recreation opportunities for visitors, habitat for fish and wildlife and resources for local industry there is something here for everyone. Each year the forest receives approximately 4 million recreation visits.

Winter Recreation

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Fall Color Information

Some Questions Answered

A Recreation Pass

A Trail Map

To Know the River Conditions

To Know Snowmobile Trail Conditions

 

 

Volunteers Needed for Resource Advisory Committee

The U.S. Forest Service is seeking volunteers to serve on the Huron-Manistee Resource Advisory Committee (RAC). The RAC covers Huron-Manistee National Forest System lands in Oscoda and Wexford counties. For more information or to download an application visit Working Together on the HMNFs website.

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
72nd St. Angler Trail and Fishing Access Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round, the parking area is plowed in the winter.
Bear Creek River Access Site Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round.
Big M Cross-Country and Mountain Bike Trail Open to Visitor Spring: managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016. Winter: managed Season starts Nov. 1, 2016 and ends Apr. 30, 2016. This trail is groomed: Swedish Fiddle to Bindle Stiff Loop on the mountain bike trail is being groomed by the Shoreline Cycling Club - West Michigan for fat tire biking. The rest of Big M ski trails are being groomed for cross-country skiing by the Manistee Ski Club.
Blacksmith Bayou Access Site Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Bowman Bridge River Access Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round.
Corsair Hiking and Cross Country Skiing Trail Open to Visitor This trail is groomed. Corsair, Silver Valley and Wrights Lake Trailheads are plowed in winter. Silver Valley and Wrights Lake Trailheads are maintained from Dec. 1, 2015 to Mar. 31, 2016. Corsair Trailhead is maintained year-round.
Crystal Valley Ski Trail Open to Visitor This trail is groomed. The trail is available year-round. The trailhead is maintained from Dec. 1, 2015 to Mar. 31, 2016.
Dobson Bridge River Access Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Eagle Run Cross-Country Ski and Hiking Trail Open to Visitor This trail is groomed. The trailhead is plowed.
Elm Flats Canoe Landing Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Forest Discovery Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed.
Gleason's Landing Campground Open to Visitor This campground is open May 5, 2016 to Oct. 10, 2016. Oct. 11 to May - open, no fees, no services. Reservations recommended from May 5 to Oct. 9.
Gleason's Landing River Access Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round.
Government Landing Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Green Cottage Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round.
High Bridge Access Site Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round.
Highbanks River Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed.
Hoags Lake Day Use Area Open to Visitor Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Hoist Lake Area Open to Visitor Trail is not groomed. Hoist Lake East trailhead is maintained year-round and is plowed in winter. Hoist Lake West trailhead is maintained from Apr. 1, 2016 to Nov. 30, 2016.
Huron Snowmobile Trails Open to Visitor Trails are groomed when snow is 4 inches or more deep. Grass Lake, Sand Lake, Monument, Liberty and Ann Arbor Trailheads are plowed in winter. Monument Trailhead is maintained from Dec. 1, 2015 to Mar. 31, 2016.
Indian Bridge Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round.
Jorgenson Angler Trail and Fishing Access Site Open to Visitor Year-round gate. Trail is not groomed. Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Oct. 31, 2016.
Loud Creek Ski/Hike Trail Open to Visitor This trail is groomed. The trailhead is plowed in winter.
Low Bridge Canoe Landing Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
MacKenzie Cross-Country and Mountain Bike Trail Open to Visitor This trail is groomed occasionally.
Manistee River Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed.
Manistee Snowmobile Trails Open to Visitor Winter maintenance begins when snow is more than 4 inches deep. Please check conditions before traveling on any trail. Caberfae Way and Cadillac West Trailheads: are open year-round, plowed in the winter.
Maple Leaf Angler Trail and Fishing Access Site Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round. Trail is not groomed.
Marzinski Horse Trail and Campground Open to Visitor M-55 Trailhead/Campground Access: Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This site is gated when closed. Steinburg Road Trailhead: Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This trailhead is plowed in the winter.
Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area Open to Visitor Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area -
  • Nurnberg Trailhead: managed Season starts April 1, 2016 and ends Nov. 30, 2016.
Lake Michigan Recreation Area -
  • Day Use Area - Beach Access: managed Season starts April 1, 2016.
  • Day Use Area - Picnic Area: Managed Season starts May 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016.
  • This area is gated when closed.
North Country National Scenic Trail Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed.
Peterson Bridge North Day Use and Boat Launch Area Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Rainbow Bend Access Site Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round.
Rainbow Rapids Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round. Parking area is plowed in the winter.
Red Bridge River Access Site Open to Visitor Boat Launch: Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. Parking lot is open, no services. Trailhead (across from boat launch): no managed season, open year-round. Not plowed in winter.
Reid Lake Foot Travel Area Open to Visitor Little Trout Lake Trailhead: maintained Apr. 1, 2016 to Nov. 30, 2016. M-72 Trailhead: maintained year-round, plowed in winter.
Ruffed Grouse Walk Open to Visitor This trail is not groomed
Sawdust Hole River Access Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016. This site is gated when closed.
Shore-to-Shore State Horse Trail Open to Visitor This trial is not groomed.
Suicide Bend Fishing Site Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016.
Tunk Hole River Access Site Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016.
Udell Rollways Day Use Area Open to Visitor Managed Season starts Apr. 1, 2016 and ends Dec. 1, 2016.
Upper Branch Bridge Landing Open to Visitor This site is maintained year-round. Parking area is plowed in the winter.
Wakeley Lake Area Open to Visitor Campground and Day Use Area are open year-round. Trails are not groomed. Parking area is plowed in the winter.

Spotlights

MacKenzie Cross-Country and Mountain Bike Trail

MacKenzie Cross-Country and Mountain Bike Trail

The trail is 10.1 miles with loop combinations of varying lengths available. The trail is marked with blue diamond-shaped blazes. There are signs at each junction with a You Are Here map. The McKenzie trail system is located just northwest of the Caberfae ski area. Loops range from beginner to most difficult. Some trails are groomed in the winter.

Brochure with map:  This brochure is set to print on 8.5 x 11 paper, landscape (wide) orientation.

Flickr Photo Album

Big M Cross-Country and Mountain Bike Trail

Big M Trail

The Big "M" trail is a 37.9 mile loop trail system located in a canopy of hardwoods off of M-55 between Cadillac and Wellston. The trail offers a variety of terrain to challenge every biking and skiing experience level as you traverse up and down hills through the woods.

 

Mountain Biking - Most of the 25-miles of single track trail are one-way (clock-wise) and should not be biked backwards. The bike trail is open from April to September.

 

Cross-Country Skiing - The 18-miles of trail are groomed and the parking lot is plowed in winter, usually starting in December. There is also a chalet available for skiers. Snowfall averages 130 inches from December to March, but the best skiing is usually in January and February. One loop provides several miles of ungroomed trail that is is perfect for snowshoeing.

 

Hiking - Although the trail is primarily used by Mountain Bikers, it is open to hiking. The trail runs near, but is not connected to, the North Country National Scenic Trail for a short stretch.

 

The Marzinski Horseback Riding Trail also crosses the Big M trail at two locations.

 

Map: This brochure is set to print on 8.5x11 paper, landscape (wide) orientation.

Flickr Photo Album

Eagle Run Cross-Country Ski and Hiking Trail

River Road National Scenic BywayThis trail runs along the south shore of the Lower Au Sable River. Eagle Run provides a loop trail system for hiking and cross-country skiing.

Scenic views of the Au Sable River, and a quiet, remote setting allow visitors to experience nature first hand. The trails are maintained with the support of volunteers.

Brochure with map:

  • River Road National Scenic Byway (pdf) - this brochure shows River Road, the Au Sable River and Lumberman's Monument
  • Highbanks River Trail Map (coming soon)
  • Eagle Run Trail Map (coming soon)

The brochure is set to print on 11 x 17 paper, landscape (wide) orientation.  To print on 8 1/2 x 11 paper set the print area to "shrink to printable area", this will make the text on the page smaller. The trail maps are set to printon 8.5x11 paper.

Flickr Photo Albums:

Loud Creek Ski/Hike Trail

Loud Creek Cross-Country Ski and Hiking Trail

This trail has seven interconnecting loops ranging from 1.36 miles to 4.34 miles long. The complete trail is signed with "You Are Here" maps, difficulty rating information and blue diamond shaped confidence markers. The peaceful trail traverses a mix of northern hardwoods and some large pine. Several bridge crossings lead hikers across streams, as the gently sloping trail takes them past beaver ponds and up gently rolling hills. Some short stretches of the trail will go from 5% grade to 25%, and will be more difficult for some hikers. The trail is very popular for jogging, walking dogs, and families with younger children. In the winter there is a sled hill a short walk from the parking lot.

Brochure with map:  This map is currently only available by calling the Mio Ranger Station. 1-989-826-3252

Flickr Photo Album

Corsair Hiking and Cross Country Skiing Trail

Corsair Cross Country Ski Trail

Corsair Trail has 28.3 miles of one-way trail that varies from gently rolling, easy terrain to somewhat hilly, most difficult terrain. The trails may be hiked anytime during the snow-free periods. The trails are marked with blue diamond-shaped confidence markers.

From Corsair Trailhead - This portion of the trail has a spur to a 600 ft. interpretive and fishing trail along Silver Creek.

From Silver Valley Trailhead - The portion of trail from this trailhead offers skiing that is gentler and less hilly.  There are two Silver Creek bridge crossings on this section.

Wrights Lake Trailhead - This portion of the trail provides a little more challenge with longer loops and steeper hills.

Map: This map is currently only available in hard copy from the Huron Shores Ranger Station: 1-989-739-0728

Flickr Photo Album

Crystal Valley Ski Trail

Crystal Valley Ski Area entrance sign

Crystal Valley offers almost 2,000 acres of consolidated federal ownership. The trail system consists of 4 loops, providing 9.6 miles of easy to most difficult cross-country skiing.  Hiking is permitted during non-snow months. The trail is marked with blue-diamond shaped confidence markers on trees and difficulty and caution signs.

The forest in the area is primarily black aspen, beech, maple and white pine. There is a wide variety of wildlife including deer, grouse, fox, bobcat, numerous bird species.

The trail system is groomed by volunteers during the ski season.