All programs are Free of Charge and begin at 7 p.m. cst

June 1 – Monarchs and Milkweed – Sue Trull, Ottawa National Forest Botanist, will talk about the amazing life cycle and journey of monarchs.  Milkweed seedlings may be available for everyone to encourage caterpillars to your property

June 8 – Let’s Talk Birds – Brian Bogaczyk, ONF Wildlife Biologist, will discuss birds from eagles to loons and to flycatchers and in between.  He will wow you with facts and photos!

June 15 – Adventures of a Wildland Firefighter – Joint Lisa Gowe, ONF Assistant Fire Management Officer, as she talks about wildland fire and experiences of a wildland firefighter including looking at life on the fire line and equipment used and fire camp life after 16-hour shifts

June 22 – Impact of Deer Browsing on Shrubs and Wildflowers – Dr. Walter Carson, U of Pittsburgh Ecologist, and Charles Bullard Fellow, Harvard Forest Research, will discuss deer browsing and it’s impact on wildflowers and shrubs

June 29 – Orienteering – IONF Conservation Education Coordinator, Joe Panci, will teach compass basics, map reading and symbols – test on a compass course

July 6 – Honey Bees and Beekeeping – Join Leslie McBean from White Birch Apiary to learn about the role honey bees play in our lives, disappearance of feral bees, and a brief overview of beekeeping

July 13 – Ontonagon River Lake Sturgeon – ONF Fisheries Technician, John Pagel, will talk about an ongoing project in Gogebic and Houghton counties to reestablish lake sturgeon in the Ontonagon]

July 20 – Weasels of Michigan – Damon Haan, ONF Biological Technician, will familiarize us with the ecology of the rarely seen and often misunderstood weasel family members

July 27 – Edible Plants – Ian Shackleford, ONF Botanist, will share information on edible plants and mushrooms available in the northwoods

August 3 – Cutover – An interpretive play using short, theatrical presentations and historical photos of local area history.  Firsthand looks of the area from the late 1800s through the 1930s via photos and historical props

August 10 – North Country Trail – Connie Julien, President of the Peter Wolfe Chapter of the North Country Trail Association, will help us learn about the 4600- mile hiking trail running between North Dakota and New York –  remote, rugged, and beautiful sections are in the Ottawa!

August 17 – Black Bear – Kevin Swanson, Wildlife Management Specialist for MDNR will teach us about the biology and management of area black bears

August 24 – History of White Pine Trees – ONF Silviculturist, Ted Frank, will talk about the historical and ecological existence of white pine in the Western UP – learn how past and present events changed the landscape and affected the white pine abundance in the Ottawa

August 31 – Sylvania Wilderness – Sylvania, once private and now public, and what makes it unique and worth inclusion in the USDA Forest Service Wilderness System – Bonnie Peacock, “Sylvania” book author, will take a look at the history and characteristics of this beautiful, wild area

July 8, 2017 is Family Fun Day at the Ottawa National Forest Visitor Center – The Ottawa Interpretive Association is planning a fun Saturday event for all ages.  Watch for more information about this upcoming event!  

The Visitor Center is open June – September from 9 to 5 *** October – May (Monday to Friday) from 8 to 4 – Highway 2 and east of Highway 45 in Watersmeet

Visit our website at


July 2, 2017 – Fourth of July Parade, Picnic, and Fireworks – Our Parade will be starting at 2 p.m. followed by the Annual Picnic. Kids’ games, raffles, 50/50s, food, and beer tent (please…no carry ins). The Paul Family Blue Grass Band from Trout Creek will be entertaining us from 3 to 5 p.m. At 5 p.m. till 9 p.m., Gypsy Road will provide the entertainment. Come one and come all! Join in on the hometown fun!  Fireworks at dusk. 

July 15, 2017 – Cisco Chain Riparian Owners Association (CCROA) Annual Meeting and “Free for All” Picnic – Annual meeting will take place from 10 am to noon at the Cisco Bar Pavilion on Cisco Lake Road in Watersmeet.  Hear about CCROA activities and programs focused on maintaining the pristine nature of this wonderful body of water, the Cisco Chain of Lakes.  Updates will be given on invasive species abatement programs, the Cisco Dam, fish stocking efforts, and other activities.  Enjoy the “Free for All Picnic” immediately following the meeting.  It will be a simple buffet of picnic fare served to all CCROA members and their guests.  The picnic is free for attending.  There will be a single raffle grand prize plus a 50/50 raffle.  Come and socialize with friends and meet new folks on the chain.  Boat parking available.  Bring a lawn chair.  Enjoy a great meeting and a yummy picnic meal.

Second weekend of August – Tentative dates for the Lac Vieux Desert 2017 Summer Pow Wow – We will update this as we receive additional information. 

August 19 and 20, 2017 –  Michigan’s Free ORV Weekend  – The Michigan DNR invites residents and out-of-state visitors to ride DNR-designated routes and trails on this weekend and also the weekend of August 19 to 20, 2017.  Off-road enthusiasts will not need to possess an ORV license or trail permit on these dates saving riders up to $36.25.  Michigan’s vast system covers 3660 miles or trails!  Throughout the year, ORV licenses and trail permits fees are reinvested back into the ORV system for your enjoyment.  They help fund trail expansion, maintenance and infrastructure improvements such as bridge and culvert construction and repair as well as law enforcement and the offsetting of damage created by illegal use.  It’s the perfect opportunity to explore the trails that help build Michigan’s reputation as the “Trail State”.   Note, too, that this also coincides with the Summer Free Fishing weekend!  All ORV rules and laws still apply on this weekend.    

Please visit again for future events in the Watersmeet area.  This page will be updated as events are planned.  Thank you.

Come on up and enjoy all that the Watersmeet Area has to offer.  Stay where you play!  You won’t be disappointed in all the great accommodations, fantastic snowmobile, ATV/UTV, cross-country ski, and bike trails, and all the friendly people here that want to help make your vacation the best ever!  Explore the beautiful Cisco Chain and Lac Vieux Desert any time of the year.  Try your luck at the Lac Vieux Desert Casino.  Sylvania Wilderness Area offers a huge virgin forest that will give you a sense of peace any time of the year.  There’s so much more here.  Mother Nature has truly blessed this area with awesome scenery and wildlife!  You will want to come back in every season!