Ottawa National Forest

E6248 U.S. 2
Ironwood, MI 49938

The 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. But you have to see it to believe it–come visit the Ottawa!  The Ottawa National Forest provides a variety of camping opportunities, including campground camping, wilderness camping, and dispersed camping.  A “dispersed” camping area is outside of a designated campground and has no water or restroom facilities. Dispersed camping is allowed at dispersed sites for no longer than 16-days in any one location. After that period of time, if you wish to continue camping in a dispersed area of the Ottawa National Forest, you must relocate to another site at least five miles away. Remember to pack out what you pack in.  Please go to our website for full details (and pictures!) regarding camping, waterfalls, hiking, and ORV/ATV activities.  Follow us on Facebook for the latest local Ottawa news: