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Pilgrim Community Forest


Acres: 276
Established: 2014
County: Houghton
Category: Public Nature Area

Thanks to long-standing partnerships with the Copper Country Chapter of Trout Unlimited and local landowners, The Keweenaw Land Trust acquired this 276-acre property in 2014 after several years of negotiations and grass-roots fundraising. The Pilgrim Community Forest is the first step in a much larger conservation project in the Pilgrim River Watershed to protect 1,382 acres for public recreation, natural and scenic qualities, and sustainable forestry. Grant funding through the U.S. Forest Serviceís Community Forest Program and matching funds from the J.A. Woollam Foundation and private donors made this acquisition possible. KLT and project partners are currently working to acquire additional parcels within this important riparian corridor. We appreciate the patience of the Hovel Family, whose dedication to conservation has benefitted our community tremendously.

The Pilgrim Community Forest has a variety of forest and habitat types, with about one mile of the Pilgrim Riverís main channel and a 2.5 mile recreation trail open for hiking, snowshoeing, mountain biking, and backcountry skiing. The forest provides clean air and water, wildlife habitat, scenic beauty, timber and non-timber forest products, education and research, and diverse public recreation opportunities. The river is a notable cold-water trout stream popular with local fishermen, while the forest is enrolled in the Michigan Commercial Forest Program and available for hunting.

A trailhead for hikers and bikers can be found near the intersection of Pilgrim and Paradise Roads in Houghton County. Click the link above for detailed directions to the site. The Pilgrim Community Forest is open year-round for low-impact public recreation. To learn more about the Pilgrim River Watershed Project, visit their website at






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