Recreation


The sandy beach of Lake Michigan at Nordhouse Dunes

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New in 2022

Updates have been made to our Motor Vehical Use Maps.

Our OHV Riding and Camping page outlines all of the changes that became effective October 1, 2021.

Trail H7/966 will rerouted from March to August 2022

Reroute maps and more information about this coordinated project suppported by Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) Off Road Vehicle (ORV) Trail Improvement Program are available on our Alerts and Notices page. 

Costruction Along the North Country Trail between Tank Creek and Michigan Creek

Construction re-route will begin May 9 and is expected to end May 28 and should have minimal impact to the area. Hikers should be aware that during construction the crossing of both creeks will be without the assistance of a bridge structure and to expect knee deep water when crossing. There are two options for alternate routes to avoid construction.

2022 Fee Free Days

Days where Day Use Fees* are waived on National Forest Service System lands:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Jan. 17, 2022
  • President's Day: Feb. 21, 2022 (Feb 19-20, MDNR Fee Free)
  • Natl Get Outdoors Day: June 11, 2022 (June 11-12, MDNR Fee Free)
  • National Public Lands Day: Sept. 24, 2022
  • Veterans Day: Nov. 11, 2022

*Does not apply to camping, watercraft permits, OHV or concession sites.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

Area Name Status Area Conditions
Bear Track Campground Open Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 7.
Benton Lake Campground Open Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 7.
Bowman Bridge Campground and River Access Open
Lake Michigan Recreation Area Open
Lumberman's Monument Visitor Center Open Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 1
Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness - Nurnberg Trailhead Open Annual maintenance and amenity services at the trailhead will resume for spring on May 15. Please practice Leave No Trace principles at this site during the winter season.
Old Grade Campground Open Annual services at the site will resume for spring on April 23
Pine Lake Campground Open Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 7
Pines Point Open

Recreation Areas