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MANISTEE NATIONAL FORESTS
912, 000 icres. These two National Forests in Michigan's hower Peninsula are administered together. Huron is in the northeast and Manistee in the west-central part of the Peninsula.
Terrain is generally hilly and there are several major rivers, including the 100-mile Pere Marquette National Scenic River and the Au Sable National Scenic River. There are also a great many lakes, streams, and some swamps.
Forests are of northern hardwoods, with hemlock and larch.
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White-tailed deer, coyote, and fox are among the wildlife. There's one designated wilderness area, the 3,450-acre Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness, which includes a stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline with 140-foot-high sand dunes.
Activities: Over 260 miles of trails are available for backpacking and hiking, including 85 miles of the Shore to Shore Riding-Hiking Trail in Huron National Forest, and more than 60 miles of the North Country Trail in Manistee National Forest (see entries pages 177, 178). Difficulty ranges from easy to moderate.
Canoeing is possible on 66 miles of the Pere Marquette and some other rivers. Canoes may be rented nearby. A free permit is required for canoeing and other boating on the Pere Marquette from May 15-September 10.
Horseback riding is available on some trails, most notably the Riding-Hiking Trail. Cross-country skiing is a winter option on many of the trails. Ample fishing is possible. Hunting is permitted in season.
Camping Regulations: Camping is allowed throughout the two National Forests, as are campfires, except near public use areas or where otherwise prohibited. Some designated campsites may also be used. No permits are necessary.
For Further Information: Huron and Manistee National Forests, 421 South Mitchell Street, Cadillac, MI 49601; (616)775-2421.