Ottawa National Forest Guide

Ottawa National Forest extends from Lake Superior’s southern shore to Wisconsin across nearly 1 million acres. This forest in the western part of Michigan's upper peninsula contains over 18 waterfalls and over 2,100 miles of off-road trails. You can find great places to go hiking, and some people come to this location to go snowshoeing. This forest near Ironton contains over 500 named lakes and 2,000 miles of rivers and streams, which makes it a popular destination for anglers. Its northern location makes it a favorite spot for ice fishing. 

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Ottawa National Forest Hiking Trails

Things to Do

Activities in Ottawa National Forest

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How to get to Ottawa National Forest

Address: Ottawa National Forest Headquarters, E6248 US 2, Ironwood, Michigan 49938 

Fee: Entry Fee (per person)

There is no entry fee.

Ottawa National Forest is a beautiful place to visit. You can go on hikes to see wilderness and wildlife, including a variety of species of birds. It is also a fantastic place to go fishing in the many lakes and streams. Trout fishing is a popular hobby in this forest throughout the year. This forest’s remote location also makes it a terrific place to go stargazing, especially from its numerous beaches. Since you will want to move around in the forest and visit other nearby attractions, bring your RV. If you do not have one, then rent one on RVshare.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About Ottawa National Forest

Is there a fee to get into Ottawa National Forest?

No, there is no fee to get into Ottawa National Forest. However, there may be fees or permits to use certain areas, or for certain recreational activities.

Is there a limit to how long you can camp in Ottawa National Forest?

Yes, there is a limit to how long you can camp in Ottawa National Forest. You may stay a maximum of 16 days in any one location. Campers must then move at least five miles away to set up camp again.

Is Ottawa National Forest open all year round?

Yes, the Ottawa National Forest is open year-round. In summer, visitors can hike, fish, canoe, and camp while in winter, visitors can cross-country ski, snowshoe, and try other outdoor winter activities.

Can you kayak, canoe, or raft in Ottawa National Forest?

Yes, you can kayak, canoe, or raft in Ottawa National Forest. Michigan's Upper Peninsula is known for its many lakes and waters, so there are plenty of spots for paddling!

What type of wildlife lives in Ottawa National Forest?

Wildlife in the Ottawa National Forest includes whitetail deer, bears, wolves, coyotes, eagles, rabbits, and other small animals. You'll also find a variety of birds and fish who live in the forest.