|Location:||Upper Peninsula, Michigan|
|Average Snowfall:||120 - 140 inches||Fall Color Season:||Late September|
The Hiawatha offers visitors access to underdeveloped shores of three of America's great inland seas: Lakes Superior, Michigan, and Huron. The Hiawatha is geographically tucked between three of the Great Lakes, within the central to eastern portion of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Rolling hills forested with northern hardwoods, white pine and hemlock, flat land covered by red pine, jack pine and aspen, and large open and tree covered wetlands form the 879,000 acres of the Hiawatha.
Approximately 775 miles of rivers and streams on the Forest empty into the Great Lakes. Seventy seven miles of National Forest shoreline lie along Lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron. Nearly 46 percent of the Hiawatha is wetland, the most distinctive of which is associated with sand dune areas created by a prehistoric glacial lake. Within the Forest are 413 lakes.
Varying landforms, combined with the influence of the Great Lakes, create many different weather zones. Summer temperatures are typically in the 70 degree range near the Great Lakes shorelines, while inland from the lakes' moderating influence they reach 10 to 15 degrees higher. Average snowfall varies from 54 inches on the Michigan and Huron lakeshore, to 240 inches on the Lake Superior shore. Weather is as varied in the spring and fall as the colors of blooming flowers and autumn leaves.
There are two separate portions of the Hiawatha. The eastern portion stretches north from the town of St. Ignace, which lies along Lakes Michigan and Huron, to the shore of Lake Superior west of the city of Sault Ste. Marie. The western portion of the Hiawatha extends from the towns of Rapid River and Manistique, along Lake Michigan, to the town of Munising on the Lake Superior shore. The majority of the lands within the Hiawatha boundaries are federally owned lands.
Lake Superior State Forest has many activities to offer. Visit the Blind Sucker Dam, a designated wildlife viewing area great for waterfowl viewing. Hiking the great North County Trail over 1500 miles long. Launch your boat from Muskallonge Lake State Park and begin your fishing expedition for such species as Walleye, Bass, Perch and more.
With 9 gorgeous waterfalls there is surely one for everyone. Whether you want to hike into the Hiawatha Forest to Rock River Falls, stop in at the Munising Falls along the Pictured Rock Lakeshore, or take up the view of Scott Falls right from the comfort of your car as you are driving down M-28.
Grand Island is located in Lake Superior, about one-half mile from the mainland community of Munising, Michigan. Munising is about 43 miles from Marquette and 55 miles from Manistique. The island's scenic natural beauty and interesting history make it an attractive place for camping and other outdoor activities.
Hiking and mountain biking trails provide wonderful opportunities for day trips and give access via unsurfaced trails to some of the island's most spectacular scenery.
This shoreline provides seasonal activities such as hiking, kayaking, boating, camping, hunting and snowshoeing. This park provides vacationers with 73,000 plus acres of refuge.Boat trips are available to see these magnificent caves and caverns.
Au Train Township, Burt Township, Chatham, Christmas, Deerton, Eben Junction, Grand Island Township, Grand Marais, Limestone Township, Mathias Township, Munising (County Seat), Onota Township, Rock River Township, Rumely Shingleton, Traunik, Trenary, Wetmore