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Morel mushroom hunting

morel mushrooms lined up on a log in the woods

Morel mushroom hunting

A tawny-colored morel mushroom grows out of leaf litter on the forest floor

May is morel month in Michigan, but the actual fruiting period is from late April until mid-June, depending on the location and species. Morels are not just found in the north - some of the best picking is in southern Michigan. Remember: Morels found on public land are for personal use and cannot be sold!

Finding morels in Michigan's forests

For the beginning mushroom hunter, morels are among the easiest to find and identify of the thousands of wild mushrooms found in Michigan.

Like all wild mushrooms, morels require specific conditions of temperature and moisture to grow. Some springs are good for morels, others poor. Warm and wet conditions are best, and cold and dry can mean almost total failure of the crop.

The Mi-Morels app displayed on a tablet, a phone and a computer.

Mi-Morels map

Large burn sites in forested areas are ideal for morel mushroom hunting, especially in burned areas where jack, white or red pine once grew. Grassy and other non forest areas are not as likely to produce morels.

We have put together a map of large burn areas that occurred within the past couple years. Zoom in close to see the type of ground cover in a particular area (conifer, wetlands, grass, etc.). Please note, we cannot guarantee the presence of morels at these locations!

This application contains a complex map. If you have questions or comments please contact a DNR Customer Service Center.

Open the morel map

More foraging opportunities

Many types of wild foods can be foraged from Michigan's outdoors. Some foods harvestable from public lands include mushrooms, nuts, berries and tree fruits. Some items such as whole plants or maple sap may only be harvested from private lands.

Learn about foraging in Michigan