Big Bay Depot on Lake Independence
Get away from it all at the Big Bay Depot motel!!
Come and enjoy our new 32-foot long dock on Lake Independence equipped with a bench perfect for fishing or watching the sunset with a boat launch right next door.
After a busy day, relax outside and enjoy cooking dinner on one of the many grills available to our guests or sit on the balcony and enjoy the wonderful view of Lake Independence.
Groceries, meat and your favorite beverages are available just down the road at Crams General Store or catch your own right from the lake. There are also several restaurants within walking distance.
RECREATION in BIG BAY
Are you an avid hiker or biker looking for new trails to explore? Just to the west of Big Bay is the McCormick Tract, a half-million acres of land for public use with non-motorized vehicles. This land is criss-crossed with logging trails that make it ideal for mountain bikes, hikers, climbers, cross-country skier, and snowshoers.
ATVs are welcome here on the many logging trails outside of the wilderness and on the old trail track bed coming into Big Bay. Local tour guides are available for all your sports interests. Our large parking lot gives you the opportunity to ride right up to our door or leave from your trailer.
The color season must be called a "colorama" with all the hardwoods in the wilderness area. The breathtaking colors must be seen to be believed. Bring your camera! Late September and the first week of October are usually the peak times for color, but the trees are stunning throughout most of September. Call us at 1-906-345-9350 for daily reports on the color.
Hunting in Big Bay?? The area is ideal for deer and bear hunting.
With winter brings an incredible amount of lake effect snow that falls almost daily. This is considered real snowmobile country and the local trails connect to the 2,500 miles of trails crossing back and forth throughout the Upper Peninsula. Snowmobile rentals are available in Big Bay and the trail access is right next to the Big Bay Depot driveway. Our parking lot features a lot of room to park your trailers!
Ice fishing produces plentiful catches of perch and northerns. Back country skiing and snowshoeing let you move quietly through the massive forests, giving you the opportunity to see the deer, foxes, rabbits and other non-hibernating animals. You might even see a moose!!
HISTORY of the BIG BAY DEPOT
The year was 1905 and the Big Bay Depot was the center of activity for the bustling lumber town of big Bay. After a prosperous twenty years, the "Great White Pine Logging Era" diminished as well as the town, which now has a small population of only 250. A boomtown turned small to locals, a vacation destination for others.
Henry Ford took interest in the area, and in 1940 purchased the Thunder Bay Inn as a retreat. The Depot blocked his view of Lake Independence and was moved 250' from its original site. The train quit running in the late 1940s and in the early 1960s, reopened for tours from Marquette to Big Bay. Unfortunately, the tracks were uprooted in the 1980s.
The original train station, refurbished and under new ownership, is thriving again. The depot houses five large, uniquely decorated suites. They are all equipped with the amenities of home and overlook Lake Independence. The view from the depot toward the sunrise is one of quiet beauty.
Pets welcome with prior approval.
Come enjoy the incredible world of Big Bay
and make the Big Bay Depot Lodge your headquarters for a grand vacation.
For room rates and availability
Call: (906) 345-9350
Or E-mail: BigBayDepot@yahoo.com
MasterCard, Visa and Discover accepted.
Make your reservations as early as possible.
Big Bay MI motels & suites on Lake Independence. Open year round.