Exploring the Wild Western Upper Peninsula offers opportunities for experiences and memories that can last a lifetime while only requiring a relatively short amount of time to complete. We know our area offers an abundance of unique nature and culture based adventures so we took the guess work out and provided a few examples of how you might choose explore the great outdoors during your visit to the Western most corner of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula!
100′ of craggy rock surrounded by an easily accessible trail brings you up close and personal to The Wilds of Michigan most glorious waterfall. The altitudinous 50′ of rushing water will rekindle your senses. See its majesty, listen to falls cascade into the Ontonagon River, smell the fresh air and let your soul be at one with nature.
For more information visit the Ottawa National Forest website
Few Wilderness areas compare to Sylvania with its old growth forest and pristine lakes. Leave your motors and wheels behind and enjoy the solitude of this fantastic 19,000-acre wilderness area. Here you will find 34 named lakes – some with sandy beaches, others surrounded by record-sized pines. Many of the lakes are connected by portages, and campsites have been established. Spend the afternoon exploring Sylvania and you might just see a rare orchid, a bald eagles, loons and osprey.This wilderness area offers canoe and kayak camping, 30 miles of hiking trails. Trails are well suited for both day hiking and backpacking trips. Car camping is also available in the beautiful forest at Clark Lake.
For more Information on the Sylvania Wilderness, please visit the Ottawa National Forest website
BLACK RIVER HARBOR
Paddle, picnic, hike, and explore this signature site of the spectacular Ottawa National Forest. Scenic hiking trails through an old growth hemlock and hardwood forest and five waterfalls make this a favorite scenic stop along Lake Superior. One of the area’s few access points to Lake Superior with boating as a major summer activity. The Black River area was officially dedicated as a National Scenic Byway in recognition of its exceptional beauty and recreational opportunities. Rainbow, Sandstone, Potawatomi, Conglomerate and Gorge Falls
For more information on Black River Harbor, please visit the Ottawa National Forest website
NORTH COUNTRY TRAIL
Upper Michigan's Wild West is home to a portion of the 4,600 mile trail that stretches from New York to North Dakota. Wind your way along the river’s edge and let the rapids take your breath away, stroll the maze of the old growth forests, and explore a world from days gone by. Dams and rives and ruins, oh my! Lace up your hiking boots or strap on some snow shoes and enjoy some silent solitude just down the trail. But don’t forget your camera!
For more information on the North Country Trail, please visit the North Country Trail Association
View the only ski flying hill in the western hemisphere or get up close and personal with the adventure ride! Ride the 36-story chair-lift and then travel another 18-stories to the top of the jump ! Access these mind bending 360 degree views Memorial Day thru the last of autumn color, whatever your pleasure! As far as the eye can see, the Midwest's premier vista of 2,500 square miles, includes Lake Superior and untamed hardwood forests.
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LITTLE GIRLS POINT
A scenic drive to Lake Superior’s coastline brings you to the place where legend tells of an Ojibwa maiden lost on her wedding day and later found at this very point. Camping, swimming, picnicking or searching for agates are perfect ways to enjoy this Gogebic County Park deep in Upper Michigan's Wild West.
The world’s tallest and largest Indian towers over downtown Ironwood, located on south Suffolk Street in Ironwood. He stands 52 feet tall and 150 feet above downtown Ironwood and his fiberglass construction will withstand 140 mile per hour winds. The statue was erected in June 1964 by the Ironwood Chamber of Commerce.
One block north of M-28 on the US 2 intersection in Wakefield, MI. Sunday Lake offers Eddy Park, a nice park with a pavilion, swimming, picnic tables, a playground, camping, fishing and boating. You’ll see many folks enjoying a walk around the lake, and it's a beautiful spot to watch a sunset, too.