Enoying Huron-Manistee National Forests in the Winter


Know Before I Go

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.

**Note: the Michigan Department of Natural Resources offers Free Fishing Weekends February 13 & 14 and June 12 & 13, 2021.

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Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Recreation Conditions Report

 Area Name Status Area Conditions
Lake Michigan Recreation Area Open to Visitor Fall 2021 - W. Forest Trail from Quarterline Road westerly to Morton Road was reconstructed in partnership with the Road Commission. Annual maintenance and amenity services at this site will resume for spring in mid May. Please practice Leave No Trace principles at this site during the winter season.
Lumberman's Monument Visitor Center Open to Visitor Annual services at the site will resume for spring on May 1
Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness - Nurnberg Trailhead Open to Visitor 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.


Timber Creek Campground

Timber Creek Campground

The campground is located near a small impoundment, however the impoundment is not a popular site for fishing. The busiest use is the North Country National Scenic Trail trailhead located in the campground. In the winter this site is plowed and provides access to the Ward Hills Snowmobile Trail. ORV use is prohibited in the campground.

Hoags Lake Day Use Area

Hoags Lake

Hoags Lake is a small lake, primarily visited by fisherman with small fishing boats. The beach is visited by local families and young children for swimming. This is the only public access to the lake. This is a popular lake for waterfowl hunting as well.

Jewell Lake Campground

Jewell Lake Campground

Jewell Lake Campground is located on the east side of the 193-acre Jewell Lake. This lake offers a wide variety of fishing and boating opportunities.

A snowmobile trail runs through the area during the winter months.

Gabions Campground and Day Use

Au Sable National Scenic River

Gabions Campground offers camping on the National Scenic stretch of the Au Sable River.  Natural springs are common on this section of the river, including a small one at the river's edge near the gabions.  Gabions are rock-filled wire baskets that are placed along the riverbank to help reduce erosion.

The Shore-to-Shore Trail passes near the campground; however, Gabions is not a designated horse camp and horse camping is not permitted.  Wildlife and waterfowl viewing opportunities exist; please respect wildlife and observe from a distance.

Brochure with map:  This 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.

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