Huron-Manistee National Forests

Huron-Manistee National Forests are two national forests located in the lower peninsula of Michigan. The forests were combined in 1945 and hold 978,906 acres of public lands, wetlands, and other lands and waters. Huron National Forest, established in 1909, and Manistee National Forest, established in 1938, are not connected, but they had to be combined due to administrative issues. The Huron area is prone to fires, because of the large numbers of the highly flammable Jack Pine tree.

The Huron area holds thousands of rivers and lakes, which visitors can use for canoeing or fishing. This area also offers 330 miles of hiking trails and visitors do not have to pay a fee to use the campgrounds, although some areas do require a permit. It is important for visitors to check the status of areas within this forest because they are not maintained during the winter or off seasons, but they are accessible. The Manistee area holds many species of trees and sandy terrain. Visitors can partake in many activities in this area including camping, fishing, hunting, boating, and cross-country skiing.  This area is scattered with towns and holds the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness. The headquarters for both of these forests is located in Cadillac, Michigan.

Image Caption: The Pere Marquette River, in Manistee National Forest in the autumn. Credit: Yetiwriter/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)