Things to See and Do in the L'Anse and Baraga Area
Mt. Arvon, Michigan's highest point at 1979.238' above sea level, is a challenging climb or there is now a back country road that goes right to the top of the mountain where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the area. The route is complicated, so we suggest you stop at the Tourism Office and pick up a map and directions to the top. The tourism staff has thoughtfully installed a mailbox at the top where visitors can leave their impressions and stories.
Baraga County offers canoeing and kayaking or try your luck fishing in area streams or Keweenaw Bay for those Lake Trout, Salmon, Steelheads, and Perch. Charter Fishing trips available.
Fishing - Marinas
Golfing: 9 hole/3265 yards golf course in L'Anse. Phone: 906-524-6600
Mountain Biking on the back roads in the Huron Mountains
ORV Trails. There are about 150 miles of ORV trails in Baraga County. All roadsthat are managed by the Baraga County Road Commission have the shoulder open for ORV/ATV riding. A new ORV trail was opened in the summer of 2012 connecting Baraga State Park on Highway US-41 to TwinLakes State Park off of Highway M- 26 by Roland Lake. A fun and exciting ride
Swimming beaches located in L'Anse and Baraga.
Cross-Country Skiing at the Pinery Lakes Ski Pathway just east of L'Anse. 3 loops can be combined for a total of 5 miles of groomed and marked trails for novice to advanced skiers. Contact (906) 524-7444 for information.
Assinins was founded in 1843 by Bishop Frederic Baraga and named for Chief Assinins. It is one of the mission Father Frederic Baraga established before becoming bishop of the Upper Peninsula. He used the mission he built as a base for missionary work elsewhere on the Keweenaw Peninsula, often reached by snowshoeing. Several buildings remain including the ruins of the St. Josephs Orphanage and School, built in 1860 for Native American and European children. The Assinins Historic Cemetery is just north of the village. The Most Holy Name of Jesus Church is visible from US-41. The Assinins Baraga Center has some memorabilia and clippings about the church and the community in a small museum. Members will help research the ancestry of far-flung descendants of the area Ojibwa band, and of the orphans who lived here. Phone: (906) 353-6469
Bishop Baraga Shrine on the crest of the Red Rock Bluffs between L'Anse and Baraga. Stop and enjoy this peaceful spot overlooking the bay. Small shop with books, gifts, baked goods, ice cream, coffee, and snacks.
Hanka Homestead 1920's self-sufficient Finnish Farm with original structures is located in north of Baraga. Turn west on Arnheim Road and follow the signs.
Pinery Lakes Historic Indian Cemetery is located just north of L'Anse. Take Skanee Road north to Indian Cemetery Road on the right. This cemetery been used from the 1840's to the present.
Ojibwa Casino & Restaurant in Baraga
* * * * * * * Sand Point
Lighthouse The light is owned by the Keweenaw Bay Indian
Community and is not open to the public, but
visitors are welcome to stop by and take
photographs. Directions: Go just north of Baraga on US-41
and turn east into the Obijway Campground. Take the
first road to the right (gravel) and go to the fork
in the road. Turn left and you will find the Sand
Point Lighthouse on the shore.
The light is owned by the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and is not open to the public, but visitors are welcome to stop by and take photographs.
Directions: Go just north of Baraga on US-41 and turn east into the Obijway Campground. Take the first road to the right (gravel) and go to the fork in the road. Turn left and you will find the Sand Point Lighthouse on the shore.
Waterfalls: There are several sparkling waterfalls in Baraga County.
Photos: Mount Arvon by Karen Kayutto
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