LANSING, Mich. — The USDA Forest Service will waive fees at most day-use recreation sites in the Huron-Manistee National Forests on Saturday, June 8 in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day.
Hikers, paddlers, and other outdoor enthusiasts will have free access to the some of the forests’ most popular recreation sites, including:
- The Nurnberg Trailhead at Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness Area [fs.usda.gov] in Mason County;
- The Big M Mountain Bike Trail [fs.usda.gov] in Manistee County;
- The Hoist Lake Foot Travel Area [fs.usda.gov] in Alcona County;
- Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary [fs.usda.gov] in Newaygo County; and
- Rainbow Bend [fs.usda.gov] and other access sites on the Manistee Wild and Scenic River [fs.usda.gov].
The National Get Outdoors Day fee waiver does not apply to:
· Camping fees;
· Day-use fees at the 14 sites in the Manistee National Forest that are managed by concessionaire American Land and Leisure; or
· Special fees, such as Pine and Pere Marquette River watercraft permits.
The Forest Service will offer two additional fee-free opportunities in 2019:
· September 28 – National Public Lands Day
· November 9-11 – Veterans Day Weekend
The fee waivers are made possible by the Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act. Other federal land management agencies, including the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, determine their own fee waiver schedules.
For more information about fee waivers at specific recreation sites, please contact the Huron-Manistee National Forests district offices:
· Baldwin/White Cloud Ranger Station
Phone: (231) 745-4631
· Cadillac/Manistee Ranger Station
Phone: (231) 723-2211
· Huron Shores Ranger Station (Oscoda)
Phone: (989) 739-0728
· Mio Ranger Station
Phone: (989) 826-3252
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