Republic Michigan is located by the Michigamme River, 25 miles southwest of Ishpeming and 45 miles north of Iron Mountain on Highway M-95 in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The village of Republic grew up around the Republic Mine which operated from 1872 to 1926.
biking, horseback riding, wildlife watching, off-roading, hunting, rock collecting,
ATVlng, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing.
Cross Country Ski Trails for Marquette County
Horseback Riding at Heritage Hills. Enjoy a peaceful trail ride on a gentle horse through a variety of terrain: open fields, forests, and hills, that was once the old Wawonowin Golf Course! Located in the wilderness area between Ishpeming and Negaunee, just 15 miles west of Marquette. Open year round, weather permitting, for guided trail rides and hand-held horse or pony rides. Walk-ins welcome during the summer months, reservations only during fall, winter and spring. Sleigh rides on various weekends; please call ahead for space and weather conditions! Riders must be 7 years old to ride alone. Call 906-361-8768 for reservations.
Mountain Biking: The Range Mountain Bike Trail System offers over 25 miles of trails for biking and hiking with trailheads in Ishpeming at the Country Village, Suicide Bowl, on Hill Street, or at the Al Quaal Recreation Area. Bikers will also enjoy riding the back roads in the area.
Pascoe House Museum is owned and operated by the Republic Area Historic Society, 114 Cedar Street, South Republic. Hours: 1:00 - 3:00 PM Saturday & Sunday from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Phone: Mary Lou at 906-376-2335 or LaVerne at 906-376-2258
Rafting at Piers Gorge, the Sturgeon River, and Horserace Rapids with Northwoods Adventures in Iron Mountain, Michigan. Located at the corner of M-95 & US-2 on the north side of Iron Mountain, Northwoods Adventures offers several rafting trips daily. Experienced rafting guides. All equipment provided. Call to schedule a thrilling ride down these exciting rapids. Northwoods Adventures Rafting Outfitter, N4017 US Highway 2, Iron Mountain, MI 40901. Phone: 906-563-5450
Republic Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 201, Republic, Michigan 49879.
Republic Mine Observation Site - Overlooking the open pit mine in Republic, just south of Munson Park. Raised platform offers impressive views of the Mine property and Republic area. Six etched signs describe the mining process.
The area north of Van Riper State Park is Moose country at it's finest. 59 Moose were transplanted in 1985 & 1987 to an area six miles north of the park. The herd has grown with the birth of new calves each year. A slow drive through the area north of the park may reward you with the sight of one of these majestic animals. Stop at the kiosk at the Park for pictures and information.
The Michigamme River is a wonderful spot for boating, canoeing, and fishing. Sand-bottomed beach for swimming and a playground for the kids in the town of Republic. Fish for Small-Mouth Bass, Perch, Walleye, Northern Pike, Trout, plus a variety of panfish, delicious cooked on the grill. Several area places to launch your boat or canoe.
Hunters will enjoy the large areas of public land nearby for hunting deer, bear, waterfowl, and small game.
History lovers might like to visit the Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee that tells the tale of the discovery of iron ore in the area, the Cliff's Shaft Museum in Ishpeming, or the National Ski Hall of Fame.
Photo of Michigamme River: Sheldon Minsky
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