Your Guide to Exploring the Amazing Ottawa National Forest

The state of Wisconsin is any outdoorsman’s wildest dream come true. This area is overflowing with gorgeous natural beauty that includes shimmering lakes, sparkling waterfalls, and peaceful forests. If you’re visiting Wisconsin to experience its abundant outdoor recreation, make sure to add the Ottawa National Forest to your itinerary. This expansive forest encompasses nearly one million acres of precious land in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Ottawa Forest begins at the western shore of Lake Superior and sweeps all the way to the Wisconsin border. Containing numerous rivers, lakes, trails, and recreation areas, this is the perfect place to spend a day in the great outdoors. Discover everything there is to do in the Ottawa National Forest and start preparing for the adventure of a lifetime!

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3 Fun Experiences in the Ottawa National Forest

1. Enjoy Incredible Hiking

If you’re into hiking, then the Ottawa National Forest is a dream come true. Check out the Sylvania Wilderness and Recreation Area and the Lake Ottawa Recreation Area. These spots contain access to lakes and rivers, as well as breathtaking views of approximately 20 waterfalls. You’ll also find campgrounds located throughout these areas that feature flush toilets and picnic tables.  Some of these trails are also made for horseback riding. During the winter, this is a wonderful place for snowshoeing and cross-country skiing as well.

2. Cool off in the Water

With its prime location on Lake Superior as well as its close proximity other large bodies of water, the Ottawa National Forest is a great place for spending time on the water. Eleven of the lakes found in this forest have established beaches, so you can bask in the sun before taking a dip in the refreshing waters. Swimming, boating, kayaking, and whitewater rafting are also available. Take a look at the recreation map to find out where to go for each activity.

3. Go Fishing

Catch the biggest salmon, trout, crappie, or walleye you’ve ever seen! The Ottawa National Forest has countless fish teeming in its waters. You can try river, stream, lake, and pond fishing.  You can even try ice fishing during the winter!

Come Stay with Us at the Pinehurst Inn Bed and Breakfast!

Complete your getaway to the great outdoors of Wisconsin by staying in luxurious accommodations! Pinehurst Inn is located conveniently close to the Ottawa National Forest. It’s a perfect place to kick back and relax after a long, fun-filled day out in nature. The Pinehurst Inn is a classy and elegent bed and breakfast in Bayfield, WI, that features relaxing rooms, all equipped with deluxe, eco-elegant amenities. We also love using local ingredients, so make sure you take time to enjoy our homemade, organic breakfast first thing in the morning before you take off to explore the nearby Wisconsin wineries or perhaps some fun events happening around town! You are bound to love staying in our peaceful, heavenly paradise conveniently located on the banks of Lake Superior, so don’t delay and book today!

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