Lying between the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron in the northern half of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, is the nearly one-million-acre Huron-Manistee National Forests. From vast flat dry sand prairie to rolling mesic northern hardwoods, the Huron-Manistee National Forests is home to a diverse array of forest ecosystems. The Huron-Manistee National Forest is often described as a "working forest" - serving the resource and recreational needs of people in concert with the habitat requirements of diverse wildlife and plant communities. The character of the landscape here- an interwoven mosaic of forests, fields, wetlands, rivers, and lakes- owes its origin to the legacy of retreating glaciers, which left behind both subtle and continental-scale deposits of sand, gravel, and clay. Visitors can enjoy a plethora of recreational activities, from hiking, canoeing, and camping to hunting, fishing, and sightseeing.