Ottawa National Forest

Usda Forest Service, Michigan.

The almost one million acres of the Ottawa National Forest are located in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The forest extends from the south shore of Lake Superior to the Wisconsin border. The area is rich in wildlife viewing opportunities; breathtaking views of rolling hills dotted with lakes, rivers and waterfalls; and spectacular fall colors. From vast wildernesses to stunning waterfalls, exploring the Ottawa takes you into a different world. You have to see it to believe it--come visit the Ottawa!

The Ottawa provides a variety of camping opportunities, including campground, wilderness, and dispersed camping. If you’re looking to plan a future camping trip, several campsites are available by reservation on

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    Ottawa National Forest Supervisor’s Office
    E6248 US Hwy 2
    Ironwood, MI 49938

    The Ottawa National Forest is divided into five Ranger Districts, one Visitor enter, one Supervisor’s office, and the J.W. Toumey Nursery. For specific information on each unit, visit our Forest website Offices page.

    Note, the Eastern Time Zone cuts across the heart of the Forest with the Supervisor's Office, Bessemer, Iron River and Watersmeet located in the Central Time Zone and Kenton and Ontonagon in the Eastern Time Zone

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