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Munuscong State Forest
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50 sites for tent and small trailer use, most of which can accommodate 40-ft vehicle/trailer. Excellent water access with Munuscong River running through campground and leading 1 mile to Lake Munuscong. 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
Munuscong State Forest, located in Chippewa County, Michigan, is part of the extensive public forest system in the state. The history of the forest is closely tied to the development and management of Michigan's natural resources.

The acquisition of land for the Munuscong State Forest began in 1909 when the Michigan Legislature established the State Forest Reserve Program. During this time, there was a growing concern about forest conservation due to extensive logging activities that had depleted many forests across the state.

By 1913, Munuscong State Forest had been created, spanning approximately 24,000 acres. The initial focus of the state forest system was to restore and sustainably manage the forests for long-term timber production while also preserving wildlife habitats and providing recreational opportunities.

Throughout the 20th century, the management of the Munuscong State Forest evolved to include a broader range of objectives beyond timber production. These objectives included wildlife habitat preservation, recreational opportunities, and ecosystem management. Munuscong State Forest provided a place for a variety of activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, hiking, and wildlife viewing.

One notable event in the history of Munuscong State Forest is the establishment of the Munuscong River State Forest Campground. This campground, located alongside the Munuscong River, offers waterfront camping sites and is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts.

The state forest continued to expand through land acquisitions and additions. Today, Munuscong State Forest covers approximately 37,000 acres, providing a vast area for outdoor recreation and natural resource management.

The management practices of Munuscong State Forest are now focused on sustainable timber production, wildlife conservation, and recreation. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) oversees the forest's management and continuously works to balance multiple objectives, ensuring the forest's long-term health and preservation.

Munuscong State Forest in Michigan has a rich history rooted in the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources. It has evolved from a program to restore forests to a multi-purpose public forest, providing recreational opportunities, wildlife habitat preservation, and sustainable timber production.
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.
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Munuscong River (on site): Walleye, Pike, Musky, Bass, Perch, Crappie.Lake Munuscong (1 miles East): Walleye, Pike, Bass, Musky.

Munuscong State Forest is located near Sault Sainte Marie

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1. Start by heading north on I:75 N.
2. Take exit 386 toward M:123/Rudyard/Stalwart.
3. Turn left onto S Mackinac Trail/M:129 (signs for St Ignace).
4. Continue straight on this road for approximately 10 miles until you reach Pickford Township.
5. In Pickford Township, turn right onto W South Caribou Lake Road and continue driving westward.
6. After about 7 miles, turn left onto E North Caribou Lake Road and keep going northwest.

At this point, there are multiple access points within the state forest depending on your desired destination or activity:

For accessing the southern part of Munuscong State Forest:
7a: Stay on E North Caribou Lake Rd until it intersects with S Towerline Rd; then take a slight right to stay on E North Caribou Lk Rd/S Towerline Rd.
8a: Follow signs directing you into various areas of interest such as fishing spots or camping grounds.

For accessing other parts of Munuscong State Forest further north along East Lakeshore Drive:
7b: Instead of turning at step #7 above,.
- Keep following East Lakeshore Dr which will lead directly through different sections/areas within the state forest including popular sites like Pine River Pond Campground & Boat Launch Area

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