What national forests are in Michigan?

Our family is planning a Great Lakes summer vacation, but my daughter and I both are honestly afraid of being out on the water. We thought we’d hit up a national forest while everyone else is out boating and swimming, so what national forests can we find in Michigan?

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Answer provided by
Mary Alice Morris
Answered on Jun 02, 2022
You’re in luck, because Michigan is home to three great national forests, and each is adjacent to at least one of the Great Lakes. So whichever lake your family visits, you should have a nearby national forest option for the land lovers to enjoy. Michigan’s national forests are:
  • Ottawa National Forest: The Ottawa National Forest takes up 993,000 acres of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and borders Lake Superior.
  • Hiawatha National Forest: This is another Upper Peninsula national forest, with 879,000 acres, and it borders Lake Superior, Lake Huron, and Lake Michigan.
  • Huron-Manistee National Forest: The Huron-Manistee National Forest takes up 540,000 acres of Lower Michigan and touches Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.
Michigan also hosts seven national parks, including:
  • Isle Royale National Park
  • Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
  • Keweenaw National Historic Park
  • River Raisin National Battlefield
  • Motor Cities National Heritage Area
  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
  • North Country Trail
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