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Tours and Guided Trips in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Fishing and hunting packages,
copper mine tours, wilderness tours, mountain biking trips, canoeing trips on isolated rivers,
scuba diving trips to the Lake Superior shipwrecks, dog sledding rides,
and more.

Sailing on Lake Superior. Superior Odyssey Sailing Cruise on Lake Superior, Marquette, MI. Superior Odyssey offers a variety of sailing adventures from a 2 hour local sail around Marquette to a two-day trip to the Pictured Rocks or the Huron Islands. Sail on the Historic 6 passenger Schooner Coaster II on majestic Lake Superior. The 58' Coaster II has sailed the oceans and offers a safe sail with a competent crew. Custom trips available for special events. Located at the Lower Harbor in Marquette. Phone: 9065-3671-3668

Sand Point Charters, Keweenaw Peninsula, offers charter fishing, Lighthouse Cruises, and Scenic Tours on Lake Superior. Boats leave from Lac La Belle, 40 miles north of Houghton/Hancock for a wonderful day or ½ day on the water. Fish for Lake Trout, Salmon, and a variety of fish, view the offshore lighthouses, or take a relaxing cruise along the beautiful shoreline of the Keweenaw Peninsula.  Captain Brain Helminen has over 35 years of boating and fishing experience and the boats are DNR inspected and approved and equipped with essential fishing equipment and USCG approved safety gear. Phone 906-370-2257.

Scuba Dive the Shipwrecks in the Alger Underwater Preserve. Shipwreck Dive Tours, Capt. Peter Lindquist, 1204 Commercial St., Munising, MI 49862. Phone (906) 387-4477. Dive the Bermuda, a 150 foot wooden schooner sunk in 1870, The Smith Moore, a wooden steam barge sunk in 1889, the Steven Selvick, a 70' tug intentionally sunk in 1996 and others.

Scuba dive the Steven M. Selvik in the Alger Underwater Preserve, Munising, MI

Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Seney, Michigan 49883. (906/586-951) 95,455 Acres of Marsh, Field and Forest. The Refuge Headquarters and Visitor Center are located on Highway M-77 approximately 3 miles north of Germfask, Michigan and 15 miles northwest of Curtis, Michigan in the Eastern Upper Peninsula.

Seul Choix Lighthouse, Park, Gift Shop, and Museum, the Haunted Lighthouse, operated and maintained by The Gulliver Historical Society, RR 1, Box 79 Gulliver, MI 49840

Shipwreck Dive Tours, Dive the Shipwrecks in the Alger Underwater Preserve. Capt. Peter Lindquist, 1204 Commercial St., Munising, MI 49862. Phone (906) 387-4477, Fax: (906)387-5455. Dive the Bermuda, a 150 foot wooden schooner sunk in 1870, The Smith Moore, a wooden steam barge sunk in 1889, the Steven Selvick, a 70' tug intentionally sunk in 1996 and others.

Shipwreck Museum is located in the old Coast Guard buildings at Whitefish Point, 10 miles north of Paradise, Michigan. This Museum is filled with artifacts and exhibits honoring the many mariners who traveled the Great Lakes. Watch the video presentation about the Edmund Fitzgerald and the raising of the ship's bell. The bell at the Shipwreck Museum was retrieved from the wreck site, restored (but not altered), and put on display. A replica bell was engraved with the names of the 29 men who lost their lives in that terrible storm, November 10, 1975, and attached to the wreck at the bottom of Lake Superior when the original bell was retrieved. Each year, on November 10th, there is a Memorial Service for the crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald, the 729-foot steamer sunk off Whitefish Bay. Open daily from 10 am to 6 pm, May 1st through October 31st.

Shipwreck Tours: see Lake Superior Shipwrecks from the Glass Bottom Boat. Dive the Alger Underwater Diving Preserve. 1204 Commercial St., Munising, MI 49862. (906)387-4477

Shipwrecks and Scuba Diving in Lake Superior.

Shrine of Bishop Fredrick Baraga, The Snowshoe Priest and Apostle of the Great Lakes. First Bishop of Upper Michigan. Located on a bluff overlooking Keweenaw Bay between L'Anse and Baraga

Ski Jumping at the Pine Mountain Ski Jumping Complex, Iron Mountain, Michigan. Continental Cup Jumping. Giant Pine is one of the highest artificial ski jumps in the world. The Current Hill Record was set at the Continental Cup Competition in 2996 by Stefan Kaiser with a jump of 468 feet. Every year in mid February, ski jumpers from all over the world gather at Pine Mountain to challenge the hill and try to break the North American Record. See the jump year-round to imagine the thrill of ski jumping.

Ski Jumping at Suicide Hill, Ishpeming, MI.

Ski Jumping North American Records set at Pine Mountain, Iron Mountain, Michigan. Since 1939 the U.S. ski jump distance record has been tied or changed hands 16 times at Pine Mountain, the king of american jumping hills.

SKI-TERS Water Ski Show,Vagabond Park, Menominee River, Spread Eagle, Wisconsin, 5 miles from Iron Mountain, Michigan. Shows Wednesday and Sunday at 6:00 CT from mid-June through August with special shows Fourth of July and Labor Day Weekend. Amazing jumping, ballet line, swivel skiing, conventional and strap doubles, and exciting barefoot acts. Two Saturday Night Shows. Enjoy Skiing Under the Stars. The Badwater Ski-Ters Jump Team won the 2009 National Show Jumping Championship.

Snowmobile Museum. Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum, W11595 Center Street, Naubinway, MI 49762. Phone: 906-477-6298. Michigan's First Snowmobile Museum contains an interesting collection of over 71 antique and vintage snowmobiles along with prototypes and memorabilia. Gift Shop with hats, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and other unique items. The Antique Snowmobile Show, Naubinway, MI

Snowmobiling in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Snowmobile Rentals in the Upper Peninsula

Snowmobiling Rules, Regulations and Permits in the Upper

Snowmobile Trails in the Upper Peninsula. Mountain biking in the summer

Snowmobile Trail Conditions and Maps for the Upper Peninsula

Soo Locks, Watching the huge vessels pass through the locks at Sault Ste Marie, MI is a unique experience that cannot be seen anywhere else in the United States. There is an upper viewing area so you are able to look down on the vessels as they lock through or stand almost close enough to touch them. See and photograph the 1,000' lake freighters and the ocean-going vessels as they pass through the St. Mary's Canal.

Soo Locks, How they work.

Spread Eagle Art Show, "Art in the Woods", 34th Annual Show, Spread Eagle, WI, 7 miles from Iron Mountain, MI, Mid-July from 9 am to 3 pm (C.T.).

State Parks in the Upper Peninsula - uncrowded forest campgrounds at out of the way locations are a mainstay of the Upper Peninsula State Park system. The Upper Peninsula state parks provide solitude, scenery, and wildlife unequaled at better known parks. 3.8 million acres for camping, backpacking, hiking, biking, snowmobiling, skiing, hunting, fishing and sightseeing.

Tahquamenon Falls and State Park, north east corner of the Upper Peninsula. Star Route 48, P.O. Box 225, Paradise, Ml 49768, (906 492-3415)

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Silver City, (Ontonagon, MI) in the Western Upper Peninsula.

Stony Creek Snowmobile and ATV Rentals in downtown Grand Marais, MI. Easy trail access. Late model Ski-Doo 550 Revs are fan cooled with electric start and reverse.  Single person and 2 person machines. Rentals include helmets.  Stony Creek Rentals. E21999 Carpenter Road, Grand Marais, MI. Phone: 231-742-1573. Polaris ATV Rentals at Grand Marais Outfitters, N14277 Lake Avenue, Grand Marais, MI Phone: 906-494-3333.

Superior Odyssey Sailing Trip on Lake Superior, Marquette, MI. Superior Odyssey offers a variety of sailing adventures from a 2 hour local sail around Marquette to a two-day trip to the Pictured Rocks or the Huron Islands. Sail on the Historic 6 passenger Schooner Coaster II on majestic Lake Superior. The 58' Coaster II has sailed the oceans and offers a safe sail with a competent crew. Custom trips available for special events. Located at the Lower Harbor in Marquette. Phone: 905-361-3668

Swimming: There are many wonderful beaches for swimming and wading in the Upper Peninsula. There are hundreds of lakes with nice sand bottomed beaches, as well as sandy beaches on Lake Superior. Almost seems like Florida until you stick yor your toe in the crisp cool water.

Tahquamenon River Canoe Trips.
The Woods Canoe and Kayak Rental for the Tahquamenon River is located 13 miles north of Newberry on Highway M-123. Short trips on the Tahquamenon River beginning near Newberry with shuttle service; daily and weekly rentals for nearby lakes and rivers; and delivery to nearby campgrounds. Family friendly trips with pets welcome. Open daily June 15th through September 10th. The Woods Tahquamenon River Canoe & Kayak Rental, P.0. Box 536, Newberry, MI 49868. Phone: 906-203-7624.

The Toonerville Trolley and Riverboat Ride, Soo Junction, MI. Phone 1-888-77TRAIN or the Depot at 906-876-2311. Take the train and boat tour to Tahquamenon Falls or the Wilderness Train Ride. Just 50 miles from the Mackinac Bridge. Ride 5 1/2 miles to the Tahquamenon River. The Riverboat takes you on a 21 mile narrated cruise along the river to the rapids 1/2 mile above the Upper Tahquamenon Falls.

Thornton's Rafting Resort, Campground, and Cabins. W12882 Parkway Road, Athelstane, WI 54104. Phone: 715-757-3311. Most thrilling, challenging Whitewater Rafting in the Midwest on the Roaring Rapids section of the Peshtigo River or at Piers Gorge on the Menominee River. Rafting trips daily from April through October. Quiet River Paddles. Funyaks. Volleyball, Paintball, Fishing, Swimming, Biking, and Hiking. Campground with wooded electric and water sites and 2 and 3 bedroom cabins with complete kitchens. Cabins open year round for snowmobiling, ice fishing, and snowshoeing.

Tours and Guided Trips in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Fishing and hunting packages, overnight trips into the wilderness, mountain biking trips, an underground copper mine tour, canoeing trips on isolated rivers, scuba diving trips to the Lake Superior shipwrecks, dog sledding rides, and more.

Two Hearted River Canoe Rentals, between Newberry and Paradise in the eastern Upper Peninsula. Located at Rainbow Lodge on the Two Hearted River. Overnight trips available. Located north of Newberry near Lake Superior. 2 Housekeeping cabins and a camping cabin now available. Check back for summer 2014 canoe trips.

Union River Campground is located on the Union River at the eastern edge of the Porcupine Mountains. 42 wooded sites with water and electric and 8 large pull-through sites. Modern shower house. 15 miles west of Ontonagon. Lake Superior sand beach across the road. Union River Campground, 35653 State Highway M107. Phone: 906-869-2635

Upper Peninsula Underwater Diving Preserves: Shipwrecks, dive depths and artifacts

Upper Peninsula Veterans Memorial, atop Pine Mountain, in Iron Mountain, Michigan

U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame, Ishpeming, Michigan. Phone: (906) 485-6323. Fax: (906) 486-4570. Take a walk through ski history, over 100 exhibits on the sport of skiing from its beginnings nearly 5,000 years ago to the present and beyond.

Waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula: Bond Falls, a Michigan Scenic Site, is located on the Middle Branch of the Ontonagon River and is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the Upper Peninsula. A delightful place to visit! The falls drops in two sections as the river rushes through the forestland. Boardwalk with viewing platforms, picnic area, and a small store. 10 miles north of Watersmeet and just east of Highway US-45.

Waterfalls in Alger County: The area around Munising in Alger County has delightful waterfalls for visitors to enjoy. Two waterfalls can be viewed from your car, others are a short stroll through the woods on an easy path, while a few require a serious hike into the woods. Pick up your map at the Visitor Center at the blinking light in Munising.

Waterfalls of Northeastern Marinette County, the Waterfall Capital of Wisconsin. These waterfalls also provide some of the finest whitewater rafting in the Midwest. Most of the waterfalls are in the Crivitz, Amberg and Pembine recreational areas, although there are a few in Florence County. Marinette County is just south of the Iron Mountain-Norway area in the Central Upper Peninsula.

Waterfalls in the Ottawa National Forest, Western Upper Peninsula.

Water Ski Show, Badwater Ski-Ters Water Ski Team, Vagabond Park, Menominee River, Spread Eagle, Wisconsin, 5 miles from Iron Mountain, Michigan. Shows Wednesday and Sunday at 6:00 CT from mid-June to mid-August, Sunday shows through the end of August. Special shows July 4th at 2 pm and Labor Day Sunday at 2 pm. Watch daring barefoot acts, swivel skiing, doubles acts, the ballet line, and our National Champion Jump Team will perform their amazing jump acts.

Whispering Pines Outpost, fishing report, fishing and hunting supplies, N-4200 M-95, Iron Mountain, MI 49801, (906 774-1277)

West Mackinac Recreation Area Association covering the western portion of Mackinac County, including the towns of Curtis, Gould City, Naubinway and Engadine. Cabins, cottages, campgrounds and restaurants.

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory

The Whitefish Point Underwater Diving Preserve offers deep-diving experiences in Lake Superior on a variety of shipwrecks in its 376 square mile area. If there is truly a graveyard of Lake Superior, it is the general area of Whitefish Point.

Whitewater Rafting on the Roaring Rapids of the Peshtigo River or Piers Gorge on the Menominee River, a Class IV Rapids at Kosirs Rapid Rafts , Thornton's Rafting Resort, and Wildman Whitewater Ranch

Wildman Whitewater Ranch, N12080 Allison Lane, Athelstane, WI 54104. Phone 715-757-2938. Whitewater Rafting in northeastern Wisconsin on the Peshtigo and Pier's Gorge on the Menominee River. Rock Climbing, Ropes Course, Biking. Camping and Cabins on the Peshtigo River. Great Family Vacation. ATV Trail Tours. Snowmobile Trail Tours. Golfing at Bombers on Highway 8 between Norway MI and Niagara WI on the Wisconsin/Upper Peninsula border.

Wilderness Shores, 27 wilderness recreation areas where visitors can explore a variety of memorable outdoor experiences; fishing, camping, hiking, canoeing, hunting, skiing, a nature-watcher's paradise. All within 40 miles of Iron Mountain Michigan.

Wild Rivers Adventure Company in Florence, WI rents Hurricane Kayaks, Trek Mountainbikes, and stand up paddleboardss for enjoying the back roads, trails, lakes, and rivers in northeastern Wisconsin with delivery available. Hout, half day to weekly rentals. Car carriers available. Rentals of River Tubes. Located on Highway US-2 in downtown Florence. Open Friday through Monday from 10 am to 5 pm. Call for weekday rentals. 209 Central Avenue, Florence, WI 54121 Phone: 715-952-8027

WINERY: Threefold Vine Winery has relocated to Menominee County in the southern Upper Peninsula. Wine made from grapes grown in the Upper Peninsula? Yes, right at the Threefold Vine Winery in Stephenson, Michigan. Our Tasting Room at the Winery offers grape (from our vineyard) apple, honey, and various fruit wines. The Green family invites you to visit our winery, see how the wine is produced, and sample our exciting new wines. The Winery and Tasting Room is located in the historic bank building at S232 Menominee Street, Stephenson, MI 49887, one block west of Highway US-41. Phone: 906-753-6000

The Woods Canoe and Kayak Rental for the Tahquamenon River is located 13 miles north of Newberry or 10 miles west of the Upper Falls on Highway M-123. The Woods offers a variety of paddling trips on the Tahquamenon River beginning near Newberry with shuttle service; daily and weekly rentals for nearby lakes and rivers; and delivery to nearby campgrounds. Family friendly trips with pets welcome. Easy paddling down this calm river with abundant wildlife, fishing, and great photo opportunities. Open daily June 15th through September 10th. Phone: 906-203-7624. The Woods Tahquamenon River Canoe & Kayak Rental, P.0. Box 536, Newberry, MI 49868.

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