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Ottawa National Forest – Campgrounds

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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. But you have to see it to believe it!

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Ottawa National Forest Waterfall MapOttawa National Forest Waterfalls Guide

Campgrounds/Day Use

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.

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Campground Camping

The 22 campgrounds of the Ottawa National Forest offer a wide spectrum of camping experiences. All are accessible by road and most service both tent and trailer campers. Their names and locations are shown on the Ottawa National Forest map. Most are located near lakes or streams and offer some fishing opportunities.

Dispersed Camping

Camping is allowed in general National Forest areas 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. This means you may not set up a dispersed campsite within a developed campground or adjacent to it, or on a road, or on a trail. Remember to pack out what you pack in.

 

 

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