WATERSMEET - The Ottawa National Forest Visitor Center, located in Watersmeet, will begin its winter operating schedule on Monday, Jan. 4.
Beginning in January, the Visitor Center will be open to the public Tuesday thru Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central time) and closed on Sundays and Mondays.
The Ottawa Visitor Center provides an excellent source of information about the local area and recreation opportunities (snowmobiling, hunting, fall color tours, hiking, maps, forest product permits).
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 Ottawa.
During the holiday season, the Visitor Center will be closed today and re-opening on Monday, Dec. 28.
The Visitor Center will also be closed on Friday, Jan. 1, and Saturday, Jan. 2, re-opening on Tuesday, January 5, 2010, under the new winter operating hours.
For additional information, about the Visitor Center, you may call (906) 358-4724 or visit our web site at: www.fs.fed.us/r9/ottawa.