The fall breeding season is the most popular time to view Michigan’s wild elk herd. This month and next, elk are more active and can be found in open, grassy areas during dawn and dusk.
Elk viewing areas can be accessed by roads throughout the Pigeon River Country State Forest near Gaylord. These designated areas have been managed for elk habitat, providing visitors with an excellent opportunity to observe the herd or hear the beautiful, unmistakable bugle of a bull elk.
Use the elk viewing guide to plan your route and remember to bring your binoculars, spotting scope and camera. Learn more about the history of elk in Michigan.
(Photo source: Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks)