Hunts' Guide to The Upper Peninsula

 

 
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Click on any of the 15 regions at left for our recommendations about what to see, where to eat and stay, plus historical and current perspective.

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KEWEENAW PENINSULA One of the Midwest's most fascinating and picturesque regions, its deep mines once supplied most of the country's copper. Spectacular vistas, long sandy beaches, ornate old mining towns, memorable hikes, some terrific restaurants and fancy old bars.

ISLE ROYALE 40 miles off the U.P.'s shore, this remote wilderness island works its foggy magic on paddlers, backpackers, nature lovers, boaters & fishermen who like its rugged ridges. Herds of moose find the glacial landscape, with its many lakes and bays, ideal.



PORCUPINE MOUNTAINS & ONTONAGON This vast region of towering forests, beautiful waterfalls and vistas, & 90 miles of spectacular hiking trails is a legendary destination for backpackers and tourists alike. Near the Porkies, faded mining towns, the harbor town of Ontonagon, and the scenic Trap Hills are all worth visits.

IRONWOOD & THE GOGEBIC RANGE Boisterous years of iron mining and large-scale logging are long gone. Now tourism dominates this hilly, scenic region, featuring 4 big ski resorts, dramatic waterfalls, trout fishing, snowmobiling, huge Lake Gogebic and the vast Ottawa National Forest.

WATERSMEET & LAND O'LAKES For 100 years, anglers, paddlers, & vacationers have been drawn to this underdeveloped area's many lakes, streams, & small resorts protected by the Ottawa National Forest. Highlights are the Cisco chain of lakes & rivers, the Sylvania Wilderness Area, & awesome Bond Falls.
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Michigan's Upper Peninsula - Hunts' Guide to the U.P.

 
Michigan's Upper Peninsula - Hunts' Guide to the U.P.
IRON RIVER & IRON MOUNTAIN AREAS Wilderness has reasserted itself in this old iron-mining region, where wolves, eagles, homemade pasta, history museums, & ski resorts now coexist. The interesting old mining towns of Iron River, Iron Mountain, Norway, & Crystal Falls all have delightful surprises.

ESCANABA & MENOMINEE Green Bay shoreline is called the "banana belt" for its more moderate winter weather. Bay de Noc is famous for walleye fishing & its many ice fishing shanties. Migrating butterflies find an annual resting spot at stunning Peninsula Point. Escanaba is a major U.P. shopping center with good restaurants & a great waterfront park. Menominee is a classic old lumber town with memorable architecture & fascinating waterfront.

MANISTIQUE & THE GARDEN PENINSULARemote Nahma & Garden peninsulas are delightful getaways. The haunting ghost town of Fayette still has charcoal kilns that produced pig iron in the 1870s. Peer from a raft into enchanting Big Spring and peer through deep, clear water where large trout swim far below. Get a panoramic view from Seul Choix lighthouse's tower. The pleasant old harbor & mill town of Manistique is the area's commercial center with nearby beaches & campgrounds.

THE MARQUETTE RANGE The old port city of Marquette is the financial, medical, & governmental center of the U.P. with terrific shops, restaurants, galleries, museums. It's shoreline Presque Isle is one of the country's most memorable city parks. Iron mining shaped historic Ishpeming & Negaunee, while remote Big Bay, now a popular getaway, was once a sawmill town for Ford.

PICTURED ROCKS, MUNISING, & AU TRAIN Colorful cliffs, dramatic waterfalls, shoreline vistas, & great beaches make Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore one of the U.P.'s most visited locations. Ringed by forested hills on a big bay, Munising has one of Michigan's most striking settings, with huge Grand Island just beyond the harbor. Au Train is a resort hamlet of cottages with good fishing, a beautiful Lake Superior beach, & a warm inland lake.

TAHQUAMENON & SENEY, GRAND MARAIS & WHITEFISH POINT Thinly settled, this region attracts some of the U.P.'s biggest crowds. There's thundering Tahquamenon Falls, dramatic Whitefish Point with its popular shipwreck museum & bird-watching, the vast marshes of Seney National Wildlife Refuge, & remote, charming Grand Marais, with its pretty harbor, wonderful beaches, & towering dunes. The quaint resort village of Curtis sits between two big fishing lakes. Newberry comes alive with snowmobilers in winter.


SAULT STE. MARIE See giant freighters up close at the Soo Locks as they pass between Lake Superior & Lake Huron. The rapids drew big populations of Indians who netted vast amounts of whitefish. Sault Ste. Marie is home to the Sault Tribe's giant casino. Steel & paper mills propelled Sault Canada into a much bigger city, with an outstanding bushplane museum, excellent restaurants, a sizable downtown, & the famous Snow Train. Point Iroquois lighthouse, 3 campgrounds, & a casino/golf resort are along the beautiful Whitefish Bay shore road.

LES CHENEAUX ISLANDS, DRUMMOND ISLAND & the ST. MARY'S RIVER The many off-shore islands here have created an unhurried paradise for sailors, boaters, nature-lovers, & boatwatchers. In the 1890s the 36 islands of Les Cheneaux attracted wealthy summer people escaping the summer heat of Midwestern cities. They still give the area a sedate ambiance, with picturesque wooden boats and boathouses. Boaters & paddlers also love Drummond Island for its many inlets.

ST. IGNACE AND U.S. 2 to NAUBINWAYCrossing the Mackinaw Bridge, travelers are greeted with colorful, kitschy tourist shops peddling "Indian" trinkets, smoked fish, & U.P. memorabilia. Heading west, step out of your car onto long stretches of sandy Lake Michigan beaches. Popular waterfront campgrounds are near the bridge. Historic St. Ignace hosts ferries to Mackinac Island.

MACKINAC ISLAND This storied, auto-free island was once an Indian meeting place, later the fur-trading center for the enormous northwest. It is Michigan's top destination for overnight trips. Visitors remember the carriage tours, bike rides around the island, the historic 18th-century fort, the famous Grand Hotel, & the ambiance of a bustling Victorian resort town where horses remain the chief means of transportation.
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