Corsair Trail

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Also known as the Corsair Hiking and Cross Country Trail.

Corsair Trail has 28.3 miles of one-way trail that varies from gently rolling, easy terrain to somewhat hilly, most difficult terrain. The trails may be hiked anytime during the snow-free periods. The trails are marked with blue diamond-shaped confidence markers.

From Corsair Trailhead – This portion of the trail has a spur to a 600 ft. interpretive and fishing trail along Silver Creek.

From Silver Valley Trailhead – The portion of trail from this trailhead offers skiing that is gentler and less hilly.  There are two Silver Creek bridge crossings on this section.

Wrights Lake Trailhead – This portion of the trail provides a little more challenge with longer loops and steeper hills.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: This trail is groomed.
Operational Hours: Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week unless otherwise posted. Forest quiet hours apply.
Permit Info: Special Use Permit –

  • No special use permit is required for individuals or small groups (74 people or less).
  • Permits are required for commercial, event or large groups (75 people or more).

Visit the Passes and Permits section for more information on obtaining a special use permit.

Usage: Light
Best Season: Corsair: January 1 to December 31; Wrights Lake and Silver Lake: November 30 to April 1
Restrictions: Allowed – Nonmotorized and nonmotorized snow useProhibited – Motorized and over-snow motorized VehiclesDiscouraged – Dog sleds and pack/saddle animals on groomed ski trails As a visitor to the National Forest, you are asked to follow certain rules designed to protect the Forest, natural resources and to provide for public safety of visitors. These rules are available to you on-line or at any office of the Huron-Manistee National Forests. Applicable Orders –

  • Motorized Vehicle Use of Roads, Trails and Off-road Areas; R904-14-02
  • Occupancy and Use – Developed Recreation Areas, Dispersed Areas, Being Publicly Nude, Marine Prohibitions, Parking and Sanitation; R904-14-03
Closest Towns: Tawas
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Huron Shores Ranger Station – 5761 N. Skeel Rd., Oscoda, MI 48750

General Information

Directions:From Tawas –

  • Travel west on M-55 for 1 mile.
  • Turn right and travel north on Wilber Rd. for 1 mile.
  • Turn/Veer left and travel northwest on Monument Rd. for 7 miles:
  • Corsair Trailhead
    • Parking lot is on the left
  • Silver Valley Trailhead
    • Parking lot is on the right
  • Wrights Lake Trailhead
    • Turn right on FR 4102.
    • The trailhead is on the right.

General Notes:Location – Corsair Cross-Country Ski and Hike Trail

Nearby Recreation Areas –

  • Sand Lake Day Use Area
  • Round Lake Campground
  • Tuttle Marsh

County – Iosco

Seasonal and Other Information –

  • All trailheads are maintained in winter:
    • Access road and/or parking lots are plowed.
    • Water and/or toilet facilities are available.
  • Corsair Trailhead is open year-round.
  • Silver Lake and Wrights Lake Trailheads are gated when closed and no parking is available.


  • parking is gravel, plowed in winter.
  • trail is hard-packed ground/groomed snow in winter
  • warming shelter accessed by stairs
  • wooden outhouses




Day Hiking

Difficulty Level: Difficult


Nature Viewing

Viewing Wildlife

There are many areas on the forest for scenic viewing. 

The ultimate wildlife viewing experience is watching animals in their habitat.  Here are some helpful tips to become a wildlife friendly viewer:

  • Use the right tools – A field guide, a pair of binoculars and a camera.  Wear clothing that is appropritate for the season and activitiy.
  • Watch at dawn and dusk – This is the time when most wildlife species are active enough to view.
  • Keep your distance – Maintain a distance that is comfortable for the wildlife.
  • Stay quiet – Move slowly and quietly to increase your chances of viewing wildlife, and to avoid stressing the animals you wish to watch.
  • Do not feed the wildlife – There is plenty of food availale in the wild.  Human food can cause digestive problems, provide improper nutrition, and even kill an animal.

An online version of the Michigan Wildlife Viewing Guide is available on the MI-DNRE website.


Amenities –

  • Pedestal Grills
  • Trash Can
  • Benches
Reservation Info No reservation needed.  All sites are first come, first serve.
No. of Sites
  • Corsair – 5 sites
  • Silver Valley – 2 sites


Winter Sports

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XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Warming Shelters 1
Nearby Resorts No
Base Conditions Groomed


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