Ottawa National Forest,

Western Upper Peninsula

Ottawa National Forest
Forest Supervisors Office
Ironwood, Ml 49938
Phone: (906) 932-1330 TTY:(906) 932-0301

(Map of Ottawa National Forest)

The Ottawa National Forest provides a wide variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking, hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, cross-sountry skiing, wildlife viewing, birding, viewing waterfalls, or just enjoying nature.

Black River Falls Recreation Area on the shores of Lake Superior.

Campgrounds in the Ottawa National Forest Rustic campsites with nice spacious wooded sites.

National Forest Maps and Publications

Recreational Opportunities in the Ottawa National Forest.

Wate rfalls in the Orrawa National Forest. There are 16 waterfalls in Gogebic County, most of them within the forest. Enjoy a leisurely walk or a bit of a treck to view these beautiful falls nestled in the woods.

Mountain Biking, Hiking, ATVing, Snowmobiling, and Horseback Riding

The trails are primarily on Forest roads, including gated or bermed roads unless the road is specifically closed. Since these roads are often also open to other uses including motor vehicles, ATVs, snowmobiles, hikers, and horses , users should expect to share the trail.

The only designated Mountain Biking Trails in the Ottawa Forest is the Agonikak Trail from Watersmeet to Land O' Lakes, Wisconsin.

Trails travel through a variety of management areas across the Forest. These areas are managed for a wide range of multiple use activities including recreation, threatened and endangered species, fish and wildlife, water quality, and wood products.

All closed and gated gravel roads are open to all motorized and nonmotorized uses unless otherwise specified. To help prevent erosion, please stay on the roads and trails. Please do not block any gates.

Carry the 10 essential items on all backcountry trips: Ottawa Forest

* Whistle (3 blasts for help)
* Map and compass
* First aid kit
* Waterproof matches and candle
* Flashlight
* Sharp knife
* Nylon cord
* Extra food
* Warm clothing
* Rain gear

Leave all valuables locked in your trunk orout of view.
Do not leave messages on your windshield or elsewhere that would be of interest to thieves.


Always let someone know where you are going, what route you are taking, when you expect to return, and what to do if you don't.
Check the weather forecast Be prepared with proper clothing and equipment for all potential weather conditions.
Don't push yourself beyond your limits. Keep an eye on each other.
Plot your progress on the map as you travel. Know where you are at all times.
Prepare for your trip with the expectation that you may have to spend an extra night or two in the forest.



1. Wear a helmet, eye wear, and gloves. Carry a first aid kit and know how to use it.
2. Always ride with others in remote areas and leave word of your travel plans with someone.
3. Maintain control of speed at all times and approach turns in anticipation of someone around the bend.
4. Dismount, yield, and be courteous when approaching all other trail users.
5. Greet hikers well in advance in a normal voice when approaching from behind.
6. Respect everyone's right to serenity - minimize noise.


1. "Tread lightly" to avoid erosion. Carry bike over boggy or muddy areas.
2. Avoid skidding or spinning on steep grades. Carry your bike over stepping stones, water bars, and steps.
3. Stay on the established road or trail, even if wet or muddy. Leaving the trail causes more erosion and widens muddy spots.
4. Don't litter. Pack-out what you pack-in, including litter left by others.
5. Help keep trails clear for others by removing newly fallen brush or limbs.
6. Keep pets under control. It's best to leave pets home.

Trail Difficulty Levels

Each mountain bike trail on the Ottawa National Forest has been given a difficulty level. Steepness, length, and trail surface are considered. Difficulty is geared to an average biker.

Steepness: Entire trail is less than 8 percent grade.

Length: Less than 10 miles.
Surface: Mostly flat, gravel and dirt roads.

Steepness: Most of the trail is less than 20% grade.

Length: Usually between 10 and 20 miles.
Surface: Dirt roads and trails, may have stream crossings.

Steepness: Most of the trail has 20 percent grade or steeper.

Length: Usually more than 20 miles, but shorter steep trails may be included.
Surface: Dirt, mud, rocky. uneven surface and may include many unimproved stream crossings.


Baraga County Sheriff: 906/524-6177
Gogebic County Sheriff: 906/667-0203
Houghton County Sheriff: 906/482-4411
Iron County Sheriff, Ml.: 906/ 875-6669
Ontonagon County Sheriff: 906/884-4901
Michigan State Police: 906/224-9691
Iron County Sheriff, WI: 715/561-3800
Ottawa National Forest information (906) 932-1330



Map of Ottawa National Forest

Mountain Biking in the Upper Peninsula
Includes Mountain Bike Races

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