Department of Natural Resources
One of Michigan's most sought after viewing species is the elk, and Michigan's Pigeon River Country State Forest is home to one of the largest free-roaming elk herds east of the Mississippi. About one thousand elk live in the elk range of southern Cheboygan, Otsego and Montmorency Counties. Elk viewing is one of the most popular pursuits in the elk range, drawing people from around the country.
Please see the map below for designated Elk viewing areas within the Pigeon River Country State Forest. You can also check out our elk viewing guide.