Pigeon River Country Elk Range

Pigeon River Country Elk Range

Pigeon River Country State Forest and Elk Range is the home of the largest free-roaming elk herd east of the Mississippi. For viewing drive east of Vanderbilt on Sturgeon Valley Rd. about ten miles to one of the designated sites. For more information continue driving east about three miles to Hardwood Lake Rd. Turn left (north) one mile to the DNR Forestry Office for maps and viewing information. Portions of this area are open to public hunting. Rustic campground includes 19 sites for tens and small trailers. Water access, vault toilets and hiking pathway at campground. First-come, first-served.

Pigeon River State Forest

Contact Information


Pigeon River State Forest Campground / Otsego Lake State Park

7136 Old US 27 S

Gaylord, MI 49735

Driving Directions

Phone: (517) 732-3541

Location of Pigeon River Country Elk Range

Map of Michigan