Ottawa National Forest


The Ottawa National Forest covers approximately one million acres, extending from the south shore of Lake Superior down to Wisconsin and the Nicolet National Forest. The forest drapes across the Superior Upland country, which is studded with lakes and interwoven with rivers that have one waterfall after another as the water rushes from the top of the divide to Lake Superior.

Elevations range from 600 feet at the Lake Superior shoreline to more than 1,800 feet in the Sylvania Wilderness. The topography across the northern portions of the Forest is the most dramatic, offering breathtaking views of the Forest's rolling hills dotted with lakes and interwoven with rivers that have waterfalls galore. The area is rich in wildlife offering numerous opportunities to see deer, fox, snowshoe hare, bald eagles, loons, and songbirds. Bear, coyotes, fisher, and other wildlife are also plentiful but may require more patience and a sharper eye to see.

The Ottawa National Forest is in the heart of big snow country. There are over 2,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and numerous cross-country ski trails. Ice fishing opportunities are numerous. Alpine skiers will find five privately owned Alpine ski areas in the forest.

Ottawa National Forest has upgraded many facilities to provide access to people with disabilities. Many of the forests developed campgrounds and picnic areas are accessible and all construction and reconstruction projects are planned with an emphasis on providing access for people with disabilities. There is an accessible fishing pier at Henry Lake and the Potawatomi Falls trailhead and trail are fully accessible. Call the Ranger District you are planning to visit for the most up to date information on opportunities and facilities.

Published: 29 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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