Located in Michigan's wild and scenic Upper Peninsula, the Hiawatha National Forest is known as "the Great Lakes National Forest." The name of the Forest originated with Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s celebrated poem, Song of Hiawatha. Uniquely surrounded by the three upper Great Lakes - Michigan, Superior and Huron - the environment creates a unique ecosystem affording inimitable and irreplaceable habitats for wildlife, plant species, and scenic vegetation.
Divided into two major blocks of land (the East and West Units) and five districts, the Hiawatha National Forest is home to Grand Island National Recreation Area, Whitefish Scenic Byway, six lighthouses, five Wilderness areas, and Clear Lake Education Center. In addition to recreation opportunities, visitors will find a wide array of habitats, including northern hardwoods, jack pine & other conifers, and a variety of inland wetland habitats.
With so many opportunities in one place, it's easy to see what makes the Hiawatha National Forest special!