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Lake Superior State Forest
Lake Superior State Forest Superior Colors © Bob Clark
These wonderful pastel bands were formed as the sun rose into the clouds over Lake Superior.
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18 sites for tent and small trailer use. Located on the shore of Lake Superior known for excellent agate hunting along the beach. Rustic campground includes vault toilets and potable water from well hand pump. Sites available on a first-come, first-serve basis. No reservations. Check with State Forest Campground Manager for seasonal availability.

History of the Area
The history of the Lake Superior State Forest dates back to the late 19th century when the state of Michigan began acquiring land for forestry purposes. The primary aim was to conserve and manage the natural resources found in the region.

In the 1870s, the state legislature realized the importance of preserving the large forests of northern Michigan, including the area surrounding Lake Superior. This led to the establishment of the Michigan Department of Conservation in 1929, which was responsible for the management of the state's forested lands.

Over the years, the Lake Superior State Forest has evolved through various land acquisitions, management strategies, and changes in administrative agencies. The forest covers an area of about 1.3 million acres, encompassing multiple counties along Lake Superior's shore.

One significant event in the history of the Lake Superior State Forest was the development of a fire protection system. In the early 20th century, wildfires were a major concern, and the state took measures to prevent and control forest fires. Fire towers were constructed, firebreaks were established, and firefighting resources were improved.

In addition to fire protection, the Lake Superior State Forest has been actively managed for timber production. Sustainable forestry practices have been implemented to ensure the long-term health and productivity of the forest. This includes selective harvesting, reforestation efforts, and the promotion of diverse wildlife habitats.

The forest's scenic beauty and recreational opportunities have also attracted visitors and played a role in its management. The state of Michigan encourages outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, hiking, and camping in the Lake Superior State Forest. These activities help support local economies and provide opportunities for people to connect with nature.

The Lake Superior State Forest continues to be an important natural resource in Michigan. It contributes to the state's timber industry, provides wildlife habitat, preserves biodiversity, and offers recreational opportunities for residents and tourists alike. The forest's rich history and ongoing management efforts ensure its continued importance and sustainability for future generations.
The Recreation Passport is required for vehicle entry into state parks and recreation areas, state boat launches, state forest campgrounds and state trail parking lots. Details and information on how to obtain your Michigan Recreation Passport can be found by visiting the MICHIGAN RECREATION PASSPORT web page.
1. Lake Superior State Forest Campground: This campground offers 50 campsites with picnic tables, fire rings and vault toilets. It's located near the shores of Lake Superior, providing opportunities for swimming, fishing and boating.

2. Two Hearted River State Forest Campground: Located within the forest on a bluff overlooking the river mouth at lake superior; this rustic campground has sites available on a first-come-first-serve basis.

3. Muskallonge Lake State Park: Although not directly in the state forest area but close by to it is another great camping option offering modern facilities including electricity hookups as well as access to hiking trails & water activities like canoeing or kayaking.

4. High Bridge National Forest Dispersed Camping Area: For those who prefer more primitive style camping experience can opt for dispersed camping areas where you are allowed to camp anywhere outside developed recreation areas unless otherwise posted closed and/or "No Camping".

5. Brevort Lake Campgrounds: Offers both RV spots along with tent-only locations that come equipped with amenities such as grills/fire ring combo units,picnic table etc.

6. Carp River (Lake Michigan)State Forrest Camprgound: A smaller site ideal if looking out for quieter options.

7. Monocle lake camprgounds: Another good spot which also provides accessibility features.
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Ramp access on Blind Sucker Flooding and at Muskallonge Lake State Park.

Pine Ridge Trail (2 mi. East): 49 miles of cycle/ATV trail. Connects to two-Heart Trail.

Two-Heart Trail (20 miles East): 36 miles of cycle/ATV trail.
Lake Superior (on site): Walleye, Pike, Perch, Bass, Musky, Bluegill.

Blind Sucker Flooding (1 miles South): Pike, Perch, Bluegill, Rock Bass.

Muskallonge Lake (6 miles East): Walleye, Pike, Perch, Bass, Musky, Bluegill.

Lake Superior State Forest is

The North Country Trail is a long-distance trail that stretches across seven states, including Michigan.

The Two Hearted River Hiking Trail offers opportunities for fishing or wildlife spotting and was one of Ernest Hemingway's favorite spots in Michigan.

Tahquamenon Falls Loop provides views of both upper and lower falls within an old-growth forest setting while the Fox River Pathway spans over twenty-seven miles through dense woodland areas offering solitude amidst nature.

Blind Sucker Floodwater Trails are two separate loops around floodwaters created by dams on the Blind Sucker Rivers providing beautiful lake vistas during hikes which can be combined into longer treks if desired.

High Rollways Scenic Overlook - Brevort Lake Area gives panoramic views overlooking Brevort Lake after a moderate climb making it ideal for photography enthusiasts who enjoy capturing landscapes.

Kingston Plains Ghost Forests - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore features remnants of once vast white pine stands destroyed by logging operations provide unique scenery throughout these trails spanning several kilometers each way depending upon chosen route options available at different points along them.

Pine Bowl Pathway near Newberry traverses mixed hardwood-coniferous ecosystems where deer sightings aren't uncommon especially during early morning hours before crowds start arriving.

Soldier Lake Campground Walking Paths offer shorter yet enjoyable strolls perfect for families with young children or those seeking less strenuous outdoor activities within Lake Superior State Forest's boundaries.

The Point Iroquois Lighthouse Trail leads to a historic lighthouse and offers stunning views of the lake.

Betchler Lakes Pathway is an easy-to-moderate difficulty level hiking route featuring two loops around smaller lakes amidst mixed forest settings providing opportunities for bird-watching besides general nature appreciation.

Culhane Lake Hiking Trails near Luce County Park offer multiple options ranging from shorter jaunts suitable even beginners up until more challenging treks meant experienced hikers looking forward exploring remote areas away main touristy spots.

Muskallonge Lake State Park trails are several interconnected paths offering varying lengths/difficulty levels circling this popular fishing destination located right next beautiful sandy beaches lining its northern shoreline facing mighty waters of Great Lakes themselves.

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34 miles NW of Newberry via M-123 & County Road 407.

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