Click thumbnail to enlargeThe Pigeon River Country State Forest and surrounding land is home to the largest free-roaming elk herd east of the Mississippi River. The 95,000-acre state forest contains native hardwoods and pines that are interspersed with fields and forest openings. At the Park Headquarters you can view some nice displays about the wildlife and plants found throughout the Pigeon River Country Forest. You can also pick up permits, maps and other information on hiking, hunting, kayaking, cross country skiing, camping and site seeing. If this is your first visit to the area than this should be your first stop. Whitetail deer can be seen in abundance, as well as Turkey, Ruffed Grouse, numerous types of waterfowl, and even an occasional Black Bear!. Click here for a map of several Elk Viewing Areas.