We are located in the heart of the Ottawa National Forest where the Jumbo and the East Branch of the Ontonagon Rivers meets. The Ottawa National Forest offers 953,000 acres with more than 500 lakes, 2,000 miles of streams, and countless waterfalls. Our resort is located right on trail #8, easy access to snowmobiling, four-wheeling, and hiking. With an average 150+ inches of snow annually, and hundreds of miles of groomed snowmobile and cross country ski trails there's no reason to hibernate!
The Ottawa National Forest offers 953,000 acres with more than 500 lakes and 2,000 miles of streams to fish in! In the Upper Peninsula, the Michigan trout season runs from the last Saturday in April to September 30. Later seasons are set for bass, walleye, northern pike, and muskellunge. See the MDNR Fishing Guide for exact dates. Generally, spring (May-June) is the best time for lake fishing on the Ottawa; summer (July-August) is somewhat slower, with fall (September-October) somewhere in between. Stream fishing for lake-run salmon and steelhead usually picks up around April 1 in streams with an extended trout-salmon season, such as the East Branch of the Ontonagon River North of M-28, or those with no closed season, such as the Black River. The best fishing on these streams starts around mid-September and lasts until the snow flies. Stream fishing for resident trout is generally best near the end of the legal season, especially for brook trout, which start upstream migration at this time. Check out the Recreation Opportunity Guide for Fishing in the Ottawa National Forest for more information.
With trail #8 right in front of Two Rivers, you have instant access to the awesome Michigan snowmobile trail systems.
There are approximately 450 miles of groomed snowmobile trails within the Ottawa National Forest. These trails are maintained through a cooperative effort between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, numerous local snowmobile clubs, and the U.S.D.A. Forest Service.
Generally, snowmobile season runs from December 1 through March 31. This includes groomed snowmobile trails and unplowed Ottawa National Forest System Roads, and other areas as allowed.
Ask us for a trail map at the front desk.
The Ottawa National Forest has over 2,300 miles of Forest Service roads and trails open to off-highway vehicles (OHVs). Free Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUMs) are availale to show what routes are open to highway legal vehicles, what routes are open to OHVs, and what routes are open to all vehicles. The maps are available at the Ottawa National Forest office and online here. The ORV map from the USDA for the area around Two Rivers can be found online here.
Hiking trails in the Ottawa National Forest offer something for everyone. More than 196 miles of hiking and backpacking trails vary widely in character. Some provide short easy walks to points of interest, such as waterfalls and historic sites. Cross-country travel is also another challenging opportunity that is offered. Check out the Recreation Opportunity Short Hikes guide from the USDA.
Hunting is a major recreational activity in the Ottawa National Forest. Deer, black bear, and grouse hunting is excellent. Hunting for other types of small game, waterfowl, and furbearers is also quite popular. All hunters are required to hold a valid State of Michigan hunting license and obey all fish and game regulations. Here is the Ottawa National Forest link For Hunter Walking Trail maps and Grouse/Aspen maps.
You can find waterfalls in the surrounding areas. Agate Falls, Jumbo Falls, and Bond Falls are each only a few miles away from Two Rivers, but there are countless others. Check out the Recreational Opportunity Guide to Ottawa Waterfalls PDF from the USDA.
The Ottawa National Forest offers a winter wonderland for snowshoe enthusiasts. Encompassing nearly one million acres, there is sure to be something for everyone in the beautiful snow-covered landscape.
While there are no specific trails designated for snowshoeing, with a compass and map a person can go virtually anywhere on the Forest.