WATERSMEET—The Ottawa National Forest Visitor Center, located in Watersmeet begins its summer operating schedule this weekend. Beginning May 26, the Visitor Center is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CST).
The Ottawa Visitor Center provides an excellent source of information about the local area and recreation opportunities such as camping, hiking, canoeing, maps and more.
On Thursday evenings, free Summer Series Programs will be held where guest speakers provide insight into a variety of subjects including wildlife, heritage, plants, and recreation opportunities, to name a few.
The first program is Thursday, May 30 at 7 p.m. and is titled “Anatomy of a Timber Sale.” It will be the topic of discussion presented by forester Charlotte Bofinger.
Operated jointly by the USDA-Forest Service and the Ottawa Interpretive Association, the Bear’s Den Gift Shop offers many environmental books, unique gifts and other nature-related items for purchase.
Proceeds from these sales, after expenses, goes back to the Ottawa National Forest in the form of grants for interpretive projects around the forest.
For additional information, you may contact the Ottawa Visitor Center at 906-358-4724, or visit www.fs.usda.gov/ottawa to learn more about the Forest Service and the many activities that await you on the Ottawa.