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Au Train is located in Alger County in the heart of the Hiawatha National Forest, along the shores of Lake Superior on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This pristine, forested region is known for its’ excellent fishing, camping, canoeing and snowmobiling. The Au Train River, near the town of Au Train, is known as one of the safest and most scenic waterways in the state for canoeing, and many inland lakes in the region, as well as Lake Superior, offer fantastic fishing and boating opportunities. In wintertime, Alger County has over 300 miles of marked and well-groomed snowmobile trails that travel through beautiful wilderness areas, past streams, lakes, waterfalls and woodlands. This area has consistently led other parts of the nation in snowmobile trail renovations and upkeep. Other recreational opportunities in the Au Train area include ice fishing, cross country skiing, ice skating, swimming, boating, water skiing, hiking and biking. Both Au Train Lake and Lake Superior have beautiful beaches for visitors to enjoy. The town of Au Train is easily reached via Michigan Highway 28 or U.S. Highway 2, and is located between the towns of Munising and Christmas.
Big Bay , once a busy lumber town located on a bay by the same name, is now a recreational playground located on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The town is surrounded by water; it rests along the shores of Lake Independence, with Lake Superior just to the north and east. It is also situated next to the McCormick Wilderness Tract of the Ottawa National Forest. The Big Bay region is considered one of the most popular four-season recreational areas of the state. In summer, you can charter a boat at the Big Bay Harbor for a sport fishing or sightseeing trip on Lake Superior, or take a guided tour on an inland lake or spend your days river fishing. Excellent ice fishing is also available on Lake Independence in the wintertime. The McCormick Tract is over 16, 850 acres of wilderness that contains 18 lakes and the Yellow Dog Wild and Scenic River. There are many trails that wind through the pristine wilderness of the Tract, perfect for hiking and snowshoeing. Some trails lead to waterfalls in the area. Other activities include swimming, water skiing, biking, hunting and camping. The Big Bay region receives a large amount of lake effect snow and there are over 2,500 miles of snowmobile trails connecting the entire area of the Upper Peninsula. If sports are not your cup of tea, come to Big Bay just to enjoy the incredible beauty and wildlife. This is moose country, so spotting one of these magnificent creatures as they come down to the lakeshore for an early morning or evening drink is not an uncommon sight.
Calumet is situated in the Upper Peninsula region of northern Michigan, a central point in what is known as “Copper Country.” At one time, this area was home to the richest copper mine in the world, the Calumet and Hecla, which closed in 1939. The whole town was shaped around the mines and became the home of most of the officers and employees of the mines. Today, the entire downtown section of Calumet (which is the French word for “pipe”) is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and contains many beautiful sandstone buildings of the mining era. The Coppertown USA Museum and Visitor Center is located in Calumet and tells the stories of the mines and surrounding communities. The village of Calumet is just three miles from Lake Superior and offers hiking, fishing, boating, swimming, and golf, hunting for agates, kayaking and picnicking. During the winter, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing are available in the area and downhill skiing is available at Mt. Bohemia. Other nearby attractions include tours of the Arcadian and Delaware Copper Mines, historical lighthouses, a national underwater preserve, several waterfalls and shopping and dining in the Houghton-Hancock area.
Cedar River is a harbor town located in the heart of the Escanaba State Forest between the towns of Menominee and Escanaba on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The oldest settlement on the shores of Green Bay along Lake Michigan, Cedar River began as a mill town in 1854. There are recreational harbor facilities located at Cedar River, and outdoor activities include fishing and boating, hiking, mountain biking, hunting, camping, snowmobiling and cross-country skiing. The J.W. Wells State Park is situated on the shores of Green Bay approximately one mile from the town of Cedar River. It contains 178 campsites, many of them along the waterfront, along with hiking trails, swimming, fishing and horseshoes. This campground is open April through the middle of December. The Escanaba River State Forest and Hiawatha National Forest offer fishing and hiking, as well as cross-country ski trails, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, dog-sledding and ice fishing. Groomed snowmobile trails in the area connect to other trail systems that cross the entire Upper Peninsula. Other attractions in the Cedar River area include the Peninsula Point Lighthouse and Tower, the Sand Point Lighthouse and the “River Cities” of Menominee and Marinette.
Cedarville is an old-time fishing village located in Mackinac County near the shore of Lake Huron and St. Martin Bay, and within the Les Cheneaux Islands resort area. There are 36 islands in all along 12 miles of Lake Huron shoreline with sheltered bays, channels and quiet coves. Sailing and boating are popular here because they are protected from the Great Lakes’ winds. Other activities include hiking, fishing, hunting, kayaking, canoeing, golf, birding and nature walks, and fall color tours. Cedarville offers a fine marina, lodging, shopping and restaurants for visitors, and is just a shore drive to most of the towns and events in the Les Cheneaux area. For example, Cedarville is 45 minutes from well-known Mackinaw Island, which is a step back in time to the Victorian era, where no cars are allowed, and travel is by foot or bicycle, or horse and carriage. Access to the island is by ferries from Mackinaw City or St. Ignace. Other nearby attractions to Cedarville includes Castle Rock, Mystery Spot, Pictured Rocks along the shore of Lake Superior and the Soo Locks and Soo Locks Boat Tours. And, Tahquamenon Falls State Park has several hiking trails through the park with different views of the falls. Cedarville, in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula is also beautiful in wintertime and is a good place for cross country skiing, sledding and snowmobiling.
Crystal Falls is
a unique town situated in the unspoiled wilderness of Northern Michigan’s
Upper Peninsula. This historical little village is built on a steep hill and
is dominated by its imposing courthouse that is on the National Registry of
Historical Places. There are several recreational sites near Crystal Falls,
including Bewabic State Park, Runkle Lake, Pentoga Park on Chicaugon Lake
and the Paint River. There are beaches, camping and picnicking facilities,
tennis courts, boating and fishing, hiking trails; and golfing, canoeing,
rock hunting and bird watching are all choices for visitors to enjoy. A little
something for everyone! This northern wilderness area is sometimes chilly,
even in summer, so visitors are advised to bring along a sweater or light
jacket. Fall starts early near Crystal Falls, and the brilliant golds, reds
and greens offers some fantastic photographic opportunities. Crystal Falls
hosts two large events each year, the Humungus Fungus Festival in August and
the Harvest Festival in September. The Humungus Fungus Festival got its start
when a gigantic mushroom that weighed 11 tons was discovered near Crystal
Falls. For three days in August, locals and visitors pay homage to the giant
mushroom with a variety of games, food and fireworks. The Harvest Festival
offers antiques and arts and crafts fair, lots of good food and a farmer’s
and gardener’s market. The forests surrounding Crystal Falls are alive
with wild game, deer and Michigan Black Bear. Drivers are directed to use
Curtis and Manistique Lakes Area
Fishing and Manistique Lakes Information
If you enjoy WATER RECREATION take a long look at the Manistique Lakes Area. The six major lakes are: North Manistique Lake at 1,722 acres; Big Manistique Lake at 10,130 acres; South Manistique Lake at 4,001 acres; Milakokia Lake at 1,956 acres; Lake Ann Louise at 311 acres; and Millecoquins Lake at 1,890 acres. With numerous other small lakes in the area, a visitor has well over 20,000 acres of inland lake water to enjoy, in addition to the great lakes of Superior and Michigan, and hundreds of miles of rivers and streams!
The Lakes provide a variety of cool water fish which include: Muskie up to 40 lbs., Northern Pike, Walleye, Large and Small mouth Bass, Perch, Bluegill, Sunfish, Rock Bass, and Bullheads. The rivers and streams provide Brook, Brown, Rainbow, and Steelhead Trout, plus great smelt runs in the spring. Special regulations apply - see DNR Fishing Guide for details.
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Detour Village is a small community location on the eastern tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Only 500 permanent residents and about two dozen local businesses can be found in this little town that has only 2 traffic lights, yet Detour Village is big on attractions and is a great place to get away from it all and relax. First of all, it’s known for its’ fishing, boating and hunting. There are two state campgrounds nearby at DeTour State Forest and Lime Island and a full service, 88-slip marina is located in town. DeTour Village is widely regarded as one of the best salmon fisheries in Michigan, and fishing is also excellent for perch, walleye, herring and pike. Snowmobiling is the other big sport in the area, where beautiful wooded trails give great views of the river and Canada. Some of the other attractions in town include the DeTour Reef Lighthouse and the Detour Botanical Gardens, which are the northern most gardens of this kind in the state. The Detour Museum and Maritime Park, which is located on the ferry dock, showcases 200 years of history of the area. Other nearby points of interest includes Drummond Island and Caribou Lake, and Detour Village is also host to an annual Winterfest Celebration, usually held in February.
Drummond Island is called the “Gem of the Huron,” and you’ll understand why when you visit this picturesque island located one mile off the eastern tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. You can reach the island by ferry, plane or by car, and there are several ways to explore it once there. Car travel is one, and there are miles and miles of hiking and biking trails to enjoy, or you can rent a boat and get a different look of the island that way. In wintertime, there are over 100 miles of groomed snowmobile trails that offer views of the island not available in summer by car or by boat. There are even snowmobile tours across the ice to Canada available from Drummond Island! Fishing is very popular and is a year round activity on Drummond Island. Other ways to spend your time include playing golf, exploring the over 150 miles of scenic shoreline, photography, bird and wildlife watching, cross-country skiing, ice skating, shopping and visiting a nearby casino. There are two annual snowmobile races held on Drummond Island each year, and a Winter Carnival. And that’s not all. Watch mountain bikers compete in a race over the ice of Potagannissing Bay to St. Joseph Island in Canada. This is the only mountain bike race of its kind in the country. There are also regular weekend “All You Can Eat Fish Fry” dinners, arts and crafts fairs, and a 4th of July celebration that starts off with a parade and has games, a pie-eating contest, foot races and fireworks at dusk.
Escanaba is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and is the county seat for Delta County. As of the 2000 census, the town had a population of 13,140 residents. There is also Escanaba Township, and both are named for the Escanaba River, which flows into the Little Bay de Noc of Lake Michigan, just north of the city. Escanaba, which roughly translates from the native word for “flat rock,” began as a port town in the mid-to-late 1800s. It gained importance during the Civil War as a shipping point for iron ore and copper. With its location on Little Bay de Noc on the northern edge of Lake Michigan, it still serves as an important shipping point for lumber, copper and iron ore to other Great Lakes ports – especially Chicago. Escanaba is also known as home to the Upper Peninsula State Fair and it offers a wide variety of outdoor recreational activities, including hunting, fishing, camping, boating, hiking, sight seeing and more. Escanaba’s beautiful Ludington Park is the site of many summertime events, including art and music festivals and a special 4th of July celebration. The park also offers a sandy beach for swimming, picnic areas and a large playground, a band shell for live music, a harbor and boat launch.
Gladstone is located in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan on the banks of the Escanaba River near Little Bay De Noc and Lake Michigan. A quaint harbor town, Gladstone has become a favorite destination for summer tourists. Along with the neighboring town of Escanaba, the area offers beautiful waterfront parks, beaches and swimming, full service marinas and superb fishing, historical spots and museums, fine dining and shopping. Lodging in the area consists of bed & breakfasts, motels, cottages, lodges and vacation homes. Charter fishing is available from Gladstone on the Big and Little Bay de Noc, along with sightseeing packages, guided inland lake tours and river fishing. Ice fishing is available in the wintertime. Gladstone’s sister city, Escanaba, has a busy port where visitors can often watch the ships loading and unloading their cargo. Ludington Park is located in Escanaba and offers a beautiful harbor and sandy beach with bathhouse, tennis courts, full service marina, a band shell and a playground for children. There are also five miles of paved pathways in Ludington Park for hiking and biking. Other area attractions include the Delta County Historical Museum and Sand Point Lighthouse and the William Bonifas Fine Arts Center. Scuba diving is even available north of the Sand Point Lighthouse, where divers can explore the sunken ship, Nahant.
Grand Marais is located in the Upper Peninsula region on state highway M-77, near the shore of Lake Superior. The town’s motto is “Nature in Abundance,” and Grand Marais also considered the gateway to the “Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore.” State land and miles of unspoiled coastline lie to the east of town, offering almost every type of outdoor recreation imaginable. Fishing and hunting are popular in spring, summer and fall, and with an average snowfall of 300” and over 100 miles of groomed trails, the area is unsurpassed for snowmobiling, snowshoeing and ice fishing. Good swimming can be found along the bay, and rock hounds also flock to the beaches that are filled with agate, jasper and other precious stones. Natural attractions abound in the Grand Marais area, including the Grand Sables Dunes and Falls, the White Birch Forest and Log Slide. Woodland Park, which is located in the center of the village, provides 125 campsites. The Maritime Museum in Grand Marais is a must see, and the town also offers many arts and crafts shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants. Another important attraction Grand Marais is the Commercial Fishermen’s Memorial, which features a beautiful bronze mural showing ten different scenes from the life of commercial fishermen.
Gwinn is a small town with big attractions. Located in the heart of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula in Marquette County, Gwinn is surrounded by more than 52 lakes and forested areas. Billed as “The Treasure in the Pines,” Gwinn is a four season recreational area. In summer, you can enjoy canoeing, boating, water skiing, swimming, fishing, camping and golf. Beautiful woods surround the lakes where you can enjoy an invigorating hike or a peaceful walk beside the creeks and streams. You can pick fresh blueberries, or just enjoy being in nature watching the birds and other wildlife. Autumn with its array of color is a spectacular time to visit Gwinn and winter brings cross country skiing, snowboarding, ice fishing and snowshoeing. The Gwinn Area Fun Daze Festival takes place on the fourth Saturday of July, and there are also several winter carnivals and other special events in the surrounding area. Gwinn and the other small communities of Marquette County offer specialty shops and stores, antiques shops, restaurants, and a variety of hotels, motels and country inns.
Houghton is located in the center of the Keweenaw Peninsula in Northern Michigan near Portage Lake and Lake Superior. This is Michigan’s copper country, a region of deep forests, steep terrain, numerous inland lakes and streams and small villages. The Porcupine Mountains and Lake Superior, giving it a rare, almost mystical quality, dominate this region. Outdoor recreation is key to the area, with hiking and fishing being among the most popular sports. Houghton also receives an average of 180 inches of snowfall per year, making it as appealing in winter as in summer. You can go hiking, biking, swimming, fishing and boating, cross country skiing, snowshoeing or snowmobiling. Although small, with a population of 7,500, Houghton is the largest city and economic center for the copper country. Highlights in the area include Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Coppertown U.S.A.; the Delaware Copper Mine Tour, Fort Wilkins State Park, the Seaman Mineral Museum and the Hanka Homestead Museum. And after a mountain hike, nothing beats ending the day watching the sun set beyond the mountains from the Lake of the Clouds Scenic Overlook.
Iron River is located along US Highway 2 in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, near Iron Lake and the Wisconsin state line. The friendly town of Iron River began as a lumber town and is now a popular tourist location as well. The Iron River, which is a natural brook trout stream, flows gently through the entire city, and shopping, restaurants and lodging are all available for visitors. State fisheries biologists call the waters around Iron River some of the best brook trout fishing in the state of Michigan. Camping, hiking, golfing, swimming, skiing and snowmobiling are also popular activities around the lake. And with stunning natural beauty, any time of the year is a good time to visit Iron River. Many special events take place in and around Iron River throughout the year, including the PRCA Pro Rodeo and the Iron County Fair, usually held in August. Other attractions in the area include The Iron County Museum, Camp Gibbs Recreation Area, Pentoga Park Indian Burial Grounds, and the historic Iron County Courthouse.
Keweenaw Bay is a small town located on the Bay of the same name in Upper Michigan’s “Copper Country,” which lies along the shores of Lake Superior in the northwestern part of the peninsula. The village of Keweenaw Bay is about six miles north of the town of Baraga and twenty miles south of Houghton. This unspoiled land is surrounded by wilderness, rugged hills, waterfalls, sandy beaches, and lighthouses and, of course, spectacular Lake Superior. Outdoor recreation abounds here, especially camping, fishing, boating, hiking, and hunting, snowmobiling, skiing and ice fishing. The Keweenaw Bay region is considered the gateway to Isle Royal National Park, which is probably the least visited national park in the country, not because of its’ lack of appeal, but due to the 134,000-acre island’s remoteness. Named a National Park in 1931, Isle Royal is a 45 mile long stretch of lush forest and jagged rocks that is accessed only by boat or float plane. The island contains 165 miles of hiking trails and boating, canoeing and fishing are available on the 42 inland lakes in the park. Other attractions in the Keweenaw Bay area include Coppertown U.SA., the Delaware Copper Mine Tour, the Seaman Mineral Museum, Keweenaw National Historic Complex and Fort Wilkins Historic Complex. The nearby town of Houghton is the largest city in the area and is the economic center for the Keweenaw Bay region.
Lake Linden is a small town located on the Keweenaw Peninsula in Upper Michigan near Torch Lake. Called “a small town with a big heart,” Lake Linden is a safe, friendly community, with historical attractions and unlimited recreational possibilities. It’s home to the Houghton County Historical Museum and the Copper County Railroad Heritage Center, which was once the site of the largest copper milling operation in North America. Lake Linden is also home to a beautiful park located along the shores of Torch Lake, and a campground with full hook-up sites as well as primitive sites, showers and rest rooms. The town also has docking and a boat launch area with access to Lake Superior, a swimming area, picnicking, and a play area for children with swings, merry-go-round, slides and a climbing wall. A 2.5-mile nature trail circles the village and is accessible to the general public, but motorized vehicles are not permitted on the trail. Canoeing is available on the Traprock River, which is accessible from Torch Lake, and Lake Linden has access to a snowmobile trail that connects to the whole Keweenaw Peninsula. Lake Linden is a great little town for families, where every 4th of July is celebrated with kids’ games, parades, good food, music and fireworks.
Les Cheneaux Islands in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula is a well-known vacation spot that is 35 miles east of the Mackinaw Island Bridge. The Les Cheneaux Islands resort area has a fascinating history, and is full of recreational opportunities. It is considered the best place in Michigan for kayaking, and other outdoor activities include boating, sailing, fishing and hunting, camping, hiking, golf, biking and bird watching. There is a nearby casino, and the islands are only a day trip away from Mackinaw Island, Soo Locks, Tahquamenon Falls, Drummond Island and the Straits Area. Springtime is beautiful in the Les Cheneaux Islands area where wildflowers and mushrooms abound, and fishing for brook trout, perch, pike and small-mouth bass is superb. The Islands area is an outdoor playground in summer, and they put on an old-fashioned 4th of July, with a parade and other festivities all day long, and ending with a spectacular fireworks display. The second weekend in August brings the annual Antique Boat Show, and an Arts and Crafts Fair along the waterfront in nearby Hessel. But the fun doesn’t end in summer. Autumn brings Fall Color Tours and hunting, and fishing is still very good this time of year. Winter turns the Les Cheneaux Islands into a wonderland of ice and snow, with ice fishing, cross country skiing, skating and over 100 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. An annual Snowfest is also usually held during Presidents Weekend in February.
Mackinac Island , also called Mackinaw Island, is one of the most unique places in the whole country. Located on Lake Huron between Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas, Mackinac Island is a virtual Victorian era theme park. No cars are allowed on the island, transportation is limited to horse & buggy or bicycle. (The island is reached by ferry from nearby Mackinaw City or St. Ignace.) As soon as you step off the ferry, you have entered a village that looks much as it would have in the early 20th century. Main Street is lined with gift shops, art galleries, boutiques and restaurants. The Victorian architecture, carriages and blue water of Lake Huron creates an unbelievable picture - so don’t forget your camera. Mackinac Island, in fact, was the setting for the romantic movie, “Somewhere in Time,” starring Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. The island is eighty- percent State Park and walking and carriage tours are available, with hiking, biking and horseback riding being some of the other activities favored by visitors. Shopping and dining are part of the overall experience of Mackinac Island, where everything from local pubs and taverns to world-class restaurants featuring an array of European dishes are available. The island is also home to three National Historic Sites and an outdoor family waterpark. In 1999, Conde Nast Traveler placed Mackinac Island in the “World’s Twenty Most Beautiful Islands,” for scenery and environment.
Mackinaw City is located on the Straits of Mackinac in northern Michigan, near the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. The city makes a perfect base to explore the whole Mackinaw area that is steeped in history and natural beauty. Mackinaw Island is the Crown Jewel of the area, and can be reached by ferry from Mackinaw City. The island is eighty- percent State Park and is a virtual Victorian theme park where motor vehicles are not allowed. The pace is slow here, and you can tour the island only by horse and carriage, or on foot or bicycle. Mackinaw Island is a hustle and bustle of art galleries, unique shops and restaurants. Its also elegant and serene, with grand hotels of yesteryear that invite visitors to relax and enjoy the views. Another place of great historical interest in Mackinaw City is Colonial Michilimackinac, which is a reconstructed 1715 French fur-trading village and military outpost. The village features re-enactments from British occupation and the American Revolution era. Recreational activities near Mackinaw City include boating and fishing, swimming, relaxing on sandy beaches and scenic trails for hiking and biking. You will find an abundance of hotels and motels and beautiful beachfront lodging in Mackinaw City, many with views of Mackinaw Island and the Straits of Mackinac. The annual Lilac Festival, usually held each June, is also a popular Mackinaw City special event.
Manistique is a lovely harbor town located in Schoolcraft County on the shores of Lake Michigan in the northern region of the state. It is just 88 miles from the Mackinac Bridge and sits on the banks of the Manistique River near Indian Lake State Park. The town of Manistique began as a lumber town and was also an important commercial fishing port. Today it’s a busy tourism center with lots of outdoor activities and nearby attractions. It’s considered the hub of Schoolcraft County, the perfect base for viewing many of the lighthouses and museums in the Lake Michigan and Lake Superior area. A boardwalk in Manistique runs along the shoreline for almost two miles and offers interpretive signs, a fishing pier, picnic areas and access to the East Breakwater Light (the boardwalk is also wheelchair accessible.) Manistique is also located on the edge of the Hiawatha National Forest, which offers fishing, hunting, camping, boating, canoeing, swimming, snowmobiling, dog sledding and cross country skiing. Nearby area attractions include Big Springs (Michigan’s largest natural springs,) Indian Lake, Fayette Historic Village and the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The village of Manistique has lots of quaint shops and restaurants for visitors, and a casino is also located in town.
Marquette is the largest town in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and in terms of geographical area, Marquette County is the largest county in the state. The city of Marquette is situated along US Highway 41 on the banks of the Dead River, and is a city of natural beauty. The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is a mix of wilderness and big cities, historical sites and modern day conveniences. There are over 80 inland lakes in the county, as well as beautiful parks, rivers and streams. This means an abundance of water sports, such as swimming, fishing, boating, water skiing, canoeing and kayaking. Many of the lakes and parks have campsites, picnic facilities with cooking grills, playground equipment for children, horseshoe courts, tennis courts and restrooms. You will also not be disappointed if you a hiker. There are thousands of miles of backroads, marked hiking trails, national and state park hiking trails, and paved bicycle trails. In fact, Marquette County has more hiking and biking trails than anywhere else in the Upper Peninsula. Marquette is also well known to rockhounders. The highlands of Marquette County are a rock haven that draws rockhounds from all over the country. And yet, this still is not all you will find in Marquette. There are all the wonders and wildlife surrounding Lake Superior, lighthouses and waterfalls to explore and Autumn color tours to delight your senses. Marquette also has specialty shops, art galleries, antiques and restaurants, and a large variety of budget hotels and motor inns, bed & breakfasts and lakeside rooms with breathtaking views.
Menominee is located on the Upper Peninsula along the shores of Lake Michigan. The town is situated on the Menominee River, and along with neighboring Marinette, they are called “The River Cities Region.” The colorful name “Menominee” comes from an Indian tribe, from whom the land was purchased by the federal government in 1833. Menominee did not incorporated as a city until 1883, after the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad reached the area. The town serves as the county seat for Menominee County, and is the gateway to the great north wilderness areas, the place “Where the Best of Michigan Begins.” This region of Michigan, situated between the Upper Peninsula and Northeastern Wisconsin, is a vacationer’s paradise; one of the most untouched areas in the country, with much of it the same as it was hundreds of years ago. Numerous activities are available here, including swimming, canoeing and fishing in pristine lakes and rivers, camping, hunting, sailing, hiking and golf. Less than a two-hour drive takes you to downhill skiing; cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and ice fishing can also be found in the Menominee area. For exploring the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, a trip to The River Cities of Menominee and Marinette is a good choice for a vacation base. Restaurants are plentiful in the cities, everything from fast food to fine dining, and accommodations range from bed & breakfasts, hotels and motels and country inns.
Munising is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and although not well known to many, it is set amid some of the most spectacular scenery in the Mid West. Munising sits along the Lake Superior shoreline, near the Hiawatha National Forest and the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. If you are seeking a slow pace and peaceful wilderness vacation destination, Munising fits the bill. Sandy beaches; towering pines, hardwood forests and wildlife abound in every direction. The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a 35-mile stretch of remarkable shoreline with wind and water carved cliffs of striking beauty. Swimming and picnicking sites are plentiful, and the parklands along the shore contain over 21 miles of hiking and backpacking trails, and cross-country ski trails. Drivers can stop at platforms at spots such as Grand Sable Dunes and look down onto the lake 200 feet below, and a three hour boat tour is also available to view the spectacular rock formations and multi-colored sandstone cliffs. The Hiawatha National Forest near Munising encompasses over 879,000 acres and has twenty developed campgrounds, several lakes and rivers for swimming and fishing, and a variety of hiking trails, both strenuous and less intense. Munising is also home to the Grand Island National Recreational Area which can be toured by bus, bicycle or on foot, and in winter, Munising is considered the “snowmobiling capital of the Mid West.” Other attractions in the Munising area include the “Alger Underwater Preserve,” “Glass Bottom Boat Shipwreck Tour,” and the “AuSable Lighthouse.”
Naubinway is a fishing village located on U.S. Highway 2 in Mackinac County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The town’s interesting name means, “place of echoes.” Naubinway is the last remaining commercial fishing village on Lake Michigan and the largest commercial fishing port on the Great Lakes – a place where you can buy fresh fish right off the boats as they come into port. The village of Naubinway has its’ own Marina Park, sandy beaches and good swimming. The surrounding area is filled with abundant wildlife, lush woodlands and natural beauty. The miles and miles of beaches are uncrowded, and are some of the best to be found along the Lake Michigan shoreline. Naubinway sits on the edge of the Hiawatha National Forest where fishing, hiking, camping, hunting, snowmobiling and snowshoeing are a few of the activities from which to choose. In Naubinway, one can experience beautiful sunsets over the lake, and its’ unique location means viewing the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) is a possibility in spring and fall. Naubinway is host to an annual Antique and Vintage Snowmobile Show in February, and the town is just one hour away from other attractions such as the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Pictured Rock National Lakeshore, Mackinac Island and the Point Iroquois Lighthouse and Maritime Museum.
Paradise is a pretty little town located at the northeastern tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula region along the shores of Lake Superior. Situated along the eastern shoreline of Whitefish Bay, Paradise has sandy beaches and a beautiful view of Canada across the Bay. The area surrounding Paradise is filled with recreational opportunities, from a stroll along the beach rock hunting and beachcombing, to swimming, fishing, boating, canoeing, hiking and biking on old logging trails. In wintertime there are hundreds of miles of snowmobile trails, and cross-country skiing at Paradise Pathway and Tahquamenon Falls, ice fishing, snowshoeing and dog sledding. Tahquamenon Falls State Park is about 12 miles west of Paradise and encompasses almost 40,000 acres and provides an extensive system of trails for hiking. The highlight of the park is the Tahquamenon Falls, one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi. The Upper Falls are 50 feet high and more than 200 feet wide. The Lower Falls are a series of cascades and rapids divided by an island. The park also offers camping and a variety of other recreational opportunities. The Shipwreck Historical Museum at Whitefish Point is 11 miles north of Paradise, and has displays that show artifacts and pictures of Great Lakes shipping disasters. Nearby is the Whitefish Point Lighthouse, the oldest working lighthouse on Lake Superior, which was built in 1849. The meadows and plains surrounding Paradise are filled with wild blueberries, and Paradise is home to the annual Wild Blueberry Festival, usually held in mid-August.
Rapid River is nestled along Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc in Delta County in the state’s Upper Peninsula. The village of Rapid River was named after the River, which has a series of rapids that run for miles from the mouth of the river to its headwaters. Approximately 30,000 acres make up the Little Bay de Noc and 90,000 the Big Bay de Noc, making it a fisherman’s paradise. Some of the best fishing in the U.S.A. can be found here, and the Bays de Noc are best known for their trophy walleyes. Parks and recreation areas abound in Delta County near Rapid Rive, including beaches with lifeguards, playgrounds, picnic areas, sand volleyball, hiking and bike paths and eight golf courses. The rivers provide canoeing, tubing and kayaking opportunities. The climate in Rapid River is milder than the rest of the Upper Peninsula, making it perfect as a year round vacation destination. In autumn, the woods are beautiful in their colors of red, gold, yellow and orange. Winter brings cross-country skiing, ice-skating, snowmobiling and ice fishing. Places to visit near Rapid River include the Sand Point Lighthouse, the Delta County Historical Society Museum in Escanaba’s Ludington Park, Miners Castle, Pictured Rocks, Horserace Rapids and several beautiful waterfalls.
Sault Ste Marie is situated in the northeast portion of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The St. Mary’s River provides the northern border of the town and connects Lake Superior with Lake Huron. Established in 1668, Sault Ste. Marie is America’s third oldest city and the oldest city in the Michigan. It is surrounded by scenic beauty and offers clean, fresh air with four seasons of outdoor recreational fun. Two of the most impressive attractions in town are the Soo Locks and the International Bridge. The Soo Locks provide safe passage between Lake Superior and Lake Huron, which have a 21-foot difference in elevation. The first U.S. lock was built in 1850 by the state of Michigan, with various other locks constructed and replaced over the years. Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, more than 11,000 vessels carrying up to 90 million tons of cargo pass through the Sault Ste. Marie locks every year. The International Bridge spans the St. Mary’s River and connects Sault Ste. Marie with Canada. Each year, an International Bridge Walk is held, which allows pedestrians to walk the stretch of highway over the bridge that is possibly the most scenic roadway in Michigan. Other attractions in Sault Ste. Marie include Soo Locks boat tours and dinner cruises, the River of History Museum, the Valley Camp Museum, the Tower of History, Alford Park, Brady Park and much more. Special events held in the town include the Soo Locks Festival, the Professional In-Fisherman Walleye Tournament and the I-500 Snowmobile Race. Recreational opportunities abound year round whether it’s snowshoeing through the woods, tubing and ice skating in winter or fishing, boating and hiking in the spring.
St Ignace is located in the heart of one of Michigan’s most visited tourist spots – the Straits of Mackinac. This small town is situated between Salt St. Marie and Mackinaw City along Interstate 75 near Mackinaw Island. It’s a town filled with history and charm, and is the third oldest city in the United States, founded by Father Maquette in 1671. St. Ignace offers shopping, restaurants and sightseeing along the shores of Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. All types of water sports and beach activities are available, and lots of hiking opportunities, including Hiawatha Trail that spans almost the entire County of Mackinac. Play golf; enjoy fishing, hunting, biking or camping. If winter sports are your thing, St. Ignace has both downhill and cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, sledding and snowboarding. Step back in time as you take the ferry to beautiful Mackinaw Island, an island that is 80 percent State Park where cars are not allowed. Enjoy the Victorian architecture and visit the island’s shops, restaurants, art galleries and grand hotels of yesteryear. Other attractions near St. Ignace include the Mackinac Bridge, which is an engineering wonder that connects Michigan’s upper and lower peninsulas, fall color tours and the nearby Kewadin Shores Casino.
Trout Lake is situated in the Upper Peninsula, southwest of Sault Ste Marie in the heart of the Hiawatha National Forest. The small village of Trout Lake sits alongside the lake of the same name. The village began as a historic lumbering town, and is now known as a popular snowmobile destination – one of the major crossroads in the thousands of miles of snowmobile trails in the Upper Peninsula. The major snowmobile trail of the region comes in from the St. Ignace and Mackinac Bridge area and runs through the entire Upper Peninsula, up into Canada, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Groomed and maintained by various local snowmobile clubs and organizations, this trail is enjoyed by many winter sports enthusiasts year-round. Trout Lake is in a gorgeous unspoiled area thats adjacent to thousands of acres of the Hiawatha National Forest. Besides snowmobiling, it offers fishing, hunting, swimming, sailing, canoeing, hiking, camping and birdwatching. Ice fishing is also available in the area, beginning around January 1. The Trout Lake Township Park offers campsites, picnic areas, a ballpark, ATV trails and a boat launch. Trout Lake is also near the following attractions: The Soo Locks, Tahquamenon Falls, Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, Whitefish Point Lighthouse, Point Iroquois Lighthouse and the Seul Choix Point Light, said to be a haunted lighthouse.