When it comes to access, Michigan has it. Millions of acres of public lands and an abundance of fishing opportunities ranging from inland lakes and streams to pier fishing on the Great Lakes.

Ottawa National Forest

• 900,000 acres in western Upper Peninsula

• Miles of ORV and snowmobile trails to access deer, bear and grouse hunting

• Thousands of miles of prime trout fishing streams, good warm-water species fishing on inland lakes

Pigeon River Country State Forest

• 118,000 acres

• Excellent turkey hunting, trout fishing in streams

• Home to Michigan’s elk herd, hunting opportunities by draw

Allegan State Game Area

• 50,000 acres, located near population centers in southern Michigan

• Offers good deer and turkey hunting

• Warm-water species fishing in lakes and streams, steelhead and salmon fishing in Allegan river.

Manistee National Forest

• 950,000 acres

• Excellent turkey hunting, good deer and grouse hunting

• Excellent trout fishing in rivers and streams

Gaylord State Forest Area

• Provides access to some of northern Michigan’s top fishing lakes — Higgins and Houghton Lakes

• Good deer and turkey hunting

• Abundant trout fishing on rivers and streams

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Camp Sites and Hiking Trails

Find more public land access opportunities with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Hunt Planner.

Photo: Norway Lake, Ottawa National Forest

Photo credit: flickr