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Fall/winter hours set for Ottawa Visitor Center

IRONWOOD—The Ottawa National Forest Visitor Center, located in Watersmeet, will begin its fall/winter operating schedule soon.
Beginning Monday, Sept. 2, the Ottawa Visitor Center is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (CDT).  The Ottawa Visitor Center will be open Labor Day weekend (Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
The Ottawa Visitor Center provides an excellent source of information about the local area and recreation opportunities (snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, maps and more). The facility is packed with interpretive exhibits and animal mounts explaining the forest’s natural and cultural history.  
It also offers more than 125 nature-related films that are very educational and geared toward all ages.  
Visitors are able to view these films in a comfortable auditorium upon request.  
Also available at this location are forest product permits (firewood, Christmas tree, bough, and more) and Interagency Passes.  
Call ahead for availability of passes and permits.  
Operated jointly by the USDA Forest Service and the Ottawa Interpretive Association, the “Bear’s Den” gift shop located in the Visitor Center, offers many environmental books, unique gifts and other nature-related items for purchase.
Proceeds from these sales, after expenses, go back to the Ottawa National Forest in the form of grants for interpretive projects around the Ottawa.  Be sure to stop by the “Bear’s Den” on your next visit.