Wilderness Boundary

Michigan Upper Peninsula Wilderness


The Michigan Wilderness Act of 1987 designated six areas on the Hiawatha National Forest as wilderness.


Big Island Lake, Delirium, Horseshoe Bay, Mackinac. Rock River Canyon and Round Island, are described in individual Recreation Opportunity Guides.


This guide gives basic information on the natural resource of wilderness.






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What Is Wilderness?


Wilderness is an area where the earth and its community of life are undeveloped by people; where people are visitors who do not remain.


For thousands of years. Native Americans lived in the area now known as the United States. The life style of the native people was to live with the land, as a part of the land. When pioneers settled here, their attitude was to conquer and “civilize” the land. With this, the once vast areas of wilderness became smaller. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, a preservation movement developed. Remaining areas of wilderness began to be valued and protected


Until 1975 most areas designated as wilderness were located in the West. Because the East was populated first, wilderness here is different. Eastern Wilderness. including those on the Hiawatha Forest, are relatively small. The small size makes them easily accessible, therefore, it is not uncommon for someone visiting an Eastern Wilderness to encounter other people.


Respect The Wilderness


Wilderness tends to draw people who seek naturalness and solitude. Because visiting wilderness has become popular, care is needed to retain the very qualities people seek. People are encouraged to move about a wilderness in a way which leaves no trace on the land.


Disposal of debris or garbage is not permitted and we encourage you to “Pack it out” and not burn it. Duff and topsoil layers are easily destroyed by fire. Campfire areas look worn and quickly become overused and degraded. The use of self—contained gas or sterno stoves is encouraged for this reason. Use of these stoves reduces the chance of wildfire and helps protect the land.


Getting Started


People may walk, hike, hunt, canoe, boat, fish and ride horses in a wilderness, but no motorized or mechanized (this includes bikes, portage wheels and the like) vehicles are allowed. Wilderness on the Hiawatha have access points and small parking areas, but generally do not have marked trails. Wilderness travelers are on their own. Careful preparation is essential for a safe trip. Before entering a wilderness, leave an itinerary with someone. Use topographic maps and a compass. Before trying a solo trip, gain experience in wilderness travel with others. Equipment suitable for wilderness travel may be found through specialty stores, catalog outlets or outfitters. Adequate food. clothing and gear are essential. Be prepared to boil or chemically purify water for drinking and/or cooking. 


Visitors should be aware of Lyme disease, a disease spread by the deer tick, is increasing in the Wisconsin/Minnesota area, and are also present in Upper Michigan. Mosquitos, black flies, wood ticks, deer and horse flies are out in the spring. They tend to die off slightly as summer progresses, but bug dope is a good friend to carry until fall.


Upper Michigan weather is continually influenced by the Great Lakes. The area is known for wide fluctuations in weather. It is advisable to carry warm clothing, rain gear and rubber boots; hypothermia can occur at any time of year. even at temperatures as high as 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Frosts occur sporadically throughout the summer. Winter brings snowshoeing and cross—country skiing, remember that temperatures may fall to 30 degrees below zero (Fahrenheit).  


Wilderness is a natural land. A visitor must be prepared for and accept the wild on its own terms. Also remember that you should. “Take only pictures and leave only footprints.” 


Rock River Canyon Wilderness Area - Hiawatha National Forest
The Michigan Wilderness Act of 1987 designated six areas on the Hiawatha National Forest as wilderness.


Big Island Lake Wilderness Area - Hiawatha National Forest
The Michigan Wilderness Act of 1987 designated six areas on the Hiawatha National Forest as wilderness.



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