The 27 campgrounds of the Ottawa National Forest offer a wide spectrum of camping experiences. All are accessible by road and service both tent and trailer campers. Most are located on lakes or streams and offer fishing and swimming opportunities as well. Several have beaches with changing facilities.
Hiking trails on 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.
Hunting is a major recreational activity on the Ottawa National Forest. Deer, black bear, and grouse hunting is excellent. Hunting for other types of small game, waterfowl, and fur-bearers is also quite popular.
Over 500 named lakes and nearly 2,000 miles of rivers and streams await the angler on the Ottawa National Forest. Stream fishing is available throughout the forest and lake fishing is concentrated on Lake Superior and in the southern half of the forest. There are numerous developed and undeveloped boat launch facilities as well as numerous walk-in lakes to provide for a wide variety of fishing experiences.
Portions of the Ottawa National Forest receive over 200 inches of snow annually. Referred to as "Big Snow Country," winter sports enthusiasts will find alpine and Nordic skiing, snowmobiling, dogsledding, and ice fishing for several months of the year. There are over 2,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails and numerous cross-country ski trails.
Bicycles are allowed on National Forest trails except where posted. Bicycles are also prohibited in congressionally designated Wilderness Areas. Prohibited trails include portions of the North Country National Scenic Trail.