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Gas tank getaways

Copper Country adventure

Houghton and Keweenaw counties exhibit a vast historical mining heritage and unmistakable exquisite beauty fanned out from the west to the northeast over what is commonly referred to as the “Copper Country.” The copper mining tradition here is displayed prominently in the holdings of ...

Summertime on the southern shoreline

Across southern portions of Schoolcraft and Delta counties, U.S. 2 skirts the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline, providing access to a range of places to explore for everyone from campers and birdwatchers to boaters, history buffs and anglers. The city of Manistique, the county seat in ...

Rest, relax & refresh

If you’ve ever pictured yourself riding up a highway along some beautiful windswept coastline, to the top of a mountain with a commanding view, then you may well enjoy the magnificent beauty of the Keweenaw Peninsula. From just outside Mass City in Ontonagon County, M-26 winds north ...

Paddle the day away on Lake Gogebic

In the mid to late 19th century, the Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railway had established a station at Lake Gogebic, the area was known then for its mining, and the small locality boasted a population of 40 souls. The U.S. Postal Service office here was dubbed “Ballentine” in honor ...

The beauty of Baraga and L’Anse

The gateway communities of L’Anse and Baraga – situated on either side of the head of Keweenaw Bay on Lake Superior – beckon visitors to countless historic and recreational opportunities available in the area. Not the least of these attractions is Baraga State Park, which is being ...

Defined by water

The northeastern corner of the Upper Peninsula is a place defined by water. From the local Ojibwa, who came to the head of the rapids to net whitefish, to the fur-trading French who came here looking for an inland passage through North America, the water resources were prized greatly in ...

Falling for Tahquamenon

In the land of Hiawatha, north of Newberry, the mighty Tahquamenon River twists and turns, tumbles over two sets of impressive waterfalls and then, still wide and rolling, dumps into Lake Superior at Whitefish Bay. Along the way, there are beautiful forests and marshlands, sandy jack pine ...

The Big Spring

In southern Schoolcraft County lie two fantastic Michigan state parks, each situated along the shores of the Upper Peninsula’s fourth-largest lake — the 8,400-acre Indian Lake, which is located north of Thompson and west of Manistique. Indian Lake State Park — which is divided into a ...

Superior’s sandy shores

Situated about a half-hour north of Seney at the northern terminus of M-77 lies the quaint, summertime seascape community of Grand Marais. This small town of sand and sea, shops and seasonal homes is the eastern gateway community for Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the nation’s first ...

Houghton County parks ideal for outdoor enthusiasts

Ninety years ago, members of the Houghton County Board of County Park Trustees met and crafted a plan to create three parks within the county. Among the members of the panel was Frederick Jay McLain, a man who’d moved from Nebraska to the Keweenaw Peninsula to work as chief clerk for the ...

An island retreat … with a hint of lime

Not far to the west of St. Joseph Island, amid the beautiful blue waters of the St. Marys River, sits the Lime Island State Recreation Area — a place with a special feeling unlike that of most any other Michigan state parks. The small island — which is about a mile-and-a-half square ...

Find your fortune in Iron County

The stillness of a morning on Fortune Lake at Bewabic State Park is something spectacular to experience. This impressive lake reflects the sky, towering trees and grounds of the park along the shoreline like a perfect looking glass. A photograph taken through the clear, still waters here ...

Welcome to moose country

From the popular swimming beach and waterpark thrills at Van Riper State Park, to the secluded backcountry lakes of Craig Lake State Park, visitors have fantastic opportunities to enjoy the heart of moose country in the western Upper Peninsula. Developing from the local Champion Beach ...

Wild history

COPPER HARBOR — Nestled into the far north Michigan woods, near the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, between shimmering Lake Fanny Hooe and Copper Harbor on Lake Superior, is beautiful Fort Wilkins Historic State Park. Whether camping, hiking, biking, stargazing, fishing, paddling or delving ...

At the U.P.’s largest inland lake

Stretching across portions of two time zones and two Michigan counties, the namesake of Lake Gogebic State Park, at 15 miles in length, is the Upper Peninsula’s largest inland lake. Home to jumbo perch, northern pike, smallmouth bass and especially walleye, Lake Gogebic has been a ...

Baraga State Park a summertime gateway destination

In the land of the Ojibwa, along the shining shores of Keweenaw Bay, land was purchased for the creation of Baraga State Park early in the 1920s. Today, the park is a summertime gateway destination to a wide range of recreation and sightseeing opportunities in and around Baraga ...

Gas tank getaways: Alger County an outdoor enthusiast’s dream

From secluded cascades softly tumbling over ledges of stone to the tremendous roar of a cataract crashing through the morning mist along an otherwise quiet trail, Alger County is blessed with a tremendous assortment of waterfalls. There are so many, an attentive traveler entering this fair ...

Gas tank getaways: Brimley State Park is beckoning

Glancing down a sandy pathway under the trees at Brimley State Park in Chippewa County, you can see the soft sugary beach sands and the smooth cool pastel blue of Lake Superior waiting. Walk a few more steps and you can look across this southern section of Whitefish Bay to the rugged hills ...

You have to see it to believe it

MARQUETTE — Starting this Thursday, the hundreds of people attending the 2017 Great Lakes Harley Owners Group Rally centered in Sault Ste. Marie will find out what they say about the Sault is true: You have to see it to believe it. The rally will include all sorts of public events through ...

Newberry, Tahquamenon area has wilderness, recreation

NEWBERRY — With a drop of nearly 50 feet and a width of more than 200 feet, Upper Tahquamenon Falls — the second largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi River after Niagara Falls — is a major attraction in the Newberry area. There’s a lot more, however, to the region. But since ...