McKeever Cabin is located in the Hiawatha National Forest in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, approximately 14 miles south of Munising, Michigan. The Cabin was constructed in 1991 and overlooks the 132-acre McKeever Lake. While the facility offers little in the way of modern amenities...
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  • Access to the cabin requires the combination to a lock; Call the Hiawatha National Forest business office at 906-387-2512 or the Visitor Center at 906-387-3700, prior to arrival.
  • The Visitor Center is open 7 days a week from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Memorial Day through Labor Day. During the off season (Labor Day through Memorial Day), the Visitor Center is closed Sundays and Holidays; Please plan your trip accordingly.
  • No ATV's or ORV's allowed at cabin or on surrounding trails
  • No trash Services; This facility is "Pack it in, Pack it out"
  • No tent, trailer or RV camping allowed at this cabin
  • Dogs are allowed on a leash
  • Click here to learn more about the Hiawatha National Forest
  • Don't move firewood: To limit the spread of invasive tree-killing pests, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Some states have quarantines and may confiscate your firewood. Please help protect our forests from invasive species by obtaining your firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Visit for more information.
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McKeever Cabin is located in the Hiawatha National Forest in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, approximately 14 miles south of Munising, Michigan. The Cabin was constructed in 1991 and overlooks the 132-acre McKeever Lake.

While the facility offers little in the way of modern amenities, convenient access to a number of recreational activities, including hunting, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming and cross-country skiing, make this cabin a desirable destination for the outdoors enthusiast.

During warmer months, visitors may park their vehicle and access the cabin by foot via a 1,000 ft. trail. When snow is present, the cabin may be accessed by snowshoe or cross-country skis via a 1-mile trail.

Natural Features:

The cabin is situated on a small knoll surrounded by young evergreens and hardwood trees, overlooking the western shores of McKeever Lake. The lake was stocked with northern muskie in 1990, but also supports a good population of northern pike, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and bluegill.

The Big Island Lake Wilderness is located near the cabin and features 23 small lakes ranging in size from 5 to 149 acres. White birch, maple and aspen cover the wooded hills that surround the lakes. Berries, mushrooms and wildflowers grow throughout the area and a wide range of wildlife and waterfowl, including sensitive species, may be carefully observed here.


During winter months, visitors can enjoy the McKeever Hills Ski Trail, which offers a quieter, less manicured alternative to highly groomed trails without sacrificing quality. The trail to the cabin connects directly to the ski trail, so visitors can ski right out the cabin door.

The Bruno’s Run Trail offers a 9 mile (14.48 km) loop ideal for hiking and mountain biking in spring, summer and fall and snow shoeing in winter. Although the trail is not groomed for cross-country skiing, it does offer a suitable source for experienced skiers who prefer to break their own way.

Seasonal activities also include swimming, canoeing, kayaking and fishing on the lake as well as hunting in designated areas. See the Michigan Department of Natural Resource's website for information about hunting seasons and permits.


The cabin can accommodate up to four people comfortably and a maximum of six people. There are two sets of bunk beds (with 4 mattresses), one table with stools, one counter top, one corner seat and a wood burning stove. There is no longer a loft with a mattress in this cabin.

There are no modern bathroom facilities or electricity offered at this cabin. In order to ensure a comfortable stay, visitors must bring several of their own supplies including a camp stove, dishes, cooking utensils, containers for carrying water, toilet paper, lanterns, sleeping bags and pillows.

A pit toilet is located just off the trail to the cabin and there is a (summer/winter) hand pump with drinking water located down the trail to the lake. Do not bring firewood from home: all firewood will be supplied at the cabin.

Booking Window
Wed Oct 22 2014 - Tue Apr 21 2015

Reservations must be made 1 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Wed Jan 01 2014 Wed Dec 31 2014
Peak Thu Jan 01 2015 Thu Dec 31 2015
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Accessible Pit Toilets
  • Berry Picking
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Bunkbed(s) With Mattresses
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water (Hand Pump)
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Skiing
  • Snowshoeing
  • Table & Chairs
  • Wood Stove
Greater Than 1 Mile
  • Bait
  • Beach
  • Swimming
Within 10 Miles
  • Boat Rentals
  • General Store
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
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Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy

Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Jan 01 2014 -
Dec 31 2014
Peak Season
Jan 01 2015 -
Dec 31 2015

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
46.21639, -86.59917
46°12'59"N, 86°35'57"W

Mckeever Cabin (MI) does not have a physical address. The above address is for the District Ranger Office.

Vehicle access from the North: Take M-28 to FH 13, which is 3 miles east of Munising. Proceed south on FH 13 for 11 miles to FR 2163, located across from the road from Widewaters Campground.

Vehicle access from the South: Take US-2 to FH 13, which is about 25 miles west of Manistique. Proceed north on FH 13 for 22 miles to FR 2163.

During the snow-free season: Proceed east on FR 2163 for about 1 mile, following the brown signs with yellow arrows, to the signed parking area. The non-paved trail to the cabin begins before the parking lot and is approximately 1,000 feet long. There is a sign with an arrow and the word cabin pointing down the appropriate trail.

During winter season: Parking is available at the entrance to Widewaters Campground directly across from FR 2163, which is not plowed. Visitors must either snowshoe or cross-country ski for 1-mile along FR 2163 to reach the cabin. Pull behind sleds are permitted.

Note: Snowmobile access to the cabin, including on the ski trail/hiking trail, is prohibited.
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Information:  (906)387-2512