Ottawa National Forest

Katherine lake in Sylvania Wilderness
Katherine Lake in Sylvania Wilderness

Wilderness Areas

  • McCormick
  • Sturgeon River Gorge
  • Sylvania

Ottawa National Forest is a 993,010-acre property in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The area tends to be quite wet with an annual average of more than 200 inches of snow. The northern part of the forest drains over dramatic slopes to Lake Superior. The southern part of the forest drains south and west to the Gulf of Mexico.

National Rivers

  • Black River
  • Ontonagon River
  • Paint River
  • Presque Isle River
  • Sturgeon River (Ottawa)
  • Yellow Dog River
Upper photo courtesy of Joseph O'Brien, USFS, CCA-by-SA 3.0 License