Making The Most of Every Season
We believe in making the most of every season in Marquette County. We offer opportunities to explore beautiful spring in Marquette County through kayaking, biking, hiking, stand up paddle boarding, hunting for waterfalls and so much more! Our miles of extensive trails and amazing hikes to magnificent views offer everyone the chance to experience the beautiful spring season unique to the U.P. So what are you waiting for? This is your invitation to find your human nature in Marquette County, don’t let spring slip by without visiting one of Marquette County’s many magical waterfalls. Contact us at 906.228.7749 and ask for your very own copy of our hike & bike guide or waterfall maps.
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What's your human nature?The Catch and Cook Program
The Landmark Inn will be collaborating with the Day Break Charter fishing guides to offer a unique opportunity titled “Catch and Cook”. Participants will take part in a chartered fishing excursion, after which the Day Break Charter crew will transport the catch to the Landmark Inn to be prepared by their renowned chefs. The fishing adventures include offshore fishing trips to the famous Stannard Rock which is about 60 miles off shore from Marquette. If you are more interested in fishing closer to shore there is also the opportunity to fish for species such as Lake Trout, King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead, and Brown Trout. The beauty of the Marquette area surrounds you and fish are usually found within 5 miles of shore. All fishing tackle and gear is provided for you with every trip and your catch will be cleaned and packed for you upon arrival to land. Read More
Our BlogThe 5 Most Haunted Places in Marquette County
With the days shortening and Halloween fast approaching, every unexplained sound and sighting takes on a spooky meaning that leaves us looking for supernatural answers. Though Marquette County is mostly known for its breathtaking natural beauty and vibrant culture, it has its fair share of creepy places too. Here’s a look at five of the most famous.
The Holy Family Orphanage
Opened in 1915, the Holy Family Orphanage housed dozens of orphaned children from across the Upper Peninsula and beyond. Although it closed more than half a century ago, it remains boarded up on a hill to the south of downtown Marquette. In fact, it’s still one of the most visible buildings on the city’s skyline.
Inside, a maze of decaying, deserted rooms may hide something more sinister: the spirits of children who were abandoned, and possibly abused, over the orphanage’s 40 years of active operation. While there’s no proof that any children died at the hands of the facility’s staff, stories of mistreatment do surface from time to time.
And those brave enough to enter the property report hearing strange wails, sighs and cries emanating from deep within it. Skeptics say these sounds are caused by the wind blowing through cracks in the orphanage’s boarded-up windows — but others aren’t so sure.
Big Bay Lighthouse
Up Highway 550, the Big Bay Lighthouse once stood as a landmark for ships on a treacherous segment of Lake Superior. These days, it’s a popular inn. But it’s also — so they say — haunted by the ghost of Willie Prior, its first lightkeeper.
Mr. Prior’s apparition now roams the cozy halls of the lighthouse and inn, mostly staying silent but occasionally causing unexplained commotion on the upper floors. With a mop of red hair, he’s easy to spot!
The Landmark Inn
Back in Marquette, the Landmark Inn has welcomed dozens of celebrities and political figures to Marquette over the past century.
The one who gets the most attention, though, is one who suffered a tragic death more than a thousand miles from the Upper Peninsula: Amelia Earhart.
It’s said that she’s not a constant presence at the hotel, but her favorite room — Room 502 — is known for the occasional spooky happening. If you’re staying there, be on the lookout for flickering lights, appliances that turn themselves on and off at will, and unexplained noises coming from the bathroom or under the bed.
The 7th Street Cemetery
The 7th Street Cemetery, located northwest of downtown Marquette, is a beautiful place in any season. But as the days get shorter, don’t be surprised to hear ominous stories about unexplained happenings on its grounds.
Early-morning joggers, who love the cemetery’s winding pathways, occasionally report strange shadows or figures lurking — and then melting away — in the distance.
In the evening, visitors report plaintive wails that may or may not be caused by wind blowing through the cemetery’s stately pine trees. And some particularly disturbing stories mention ducks, geese and other common birds with faintly glowing red eyes.
With so many important figures from Marquette’s early history buried here, is it so hard to believe that one or two might be a bit restless?
Northern Michigan University
You might think the only folks “haunting” the halls of Northern Michigan University would be bleary-eyed students who indulged a bit too much the night before. According to multiple sources, though, this bastion of higher education also harbors some creepy spirits:
- A young woman, possibly a deceased former student, is said to haunt the John X. Jamrich Building’s control room, her face appearing silhouetted in its window panes
- A janitor from the mid-20th century, who died on the job, may roam the chambers of the Forrest Roberts Theater
- Room 304 of Halvorson Hall may be the most disturbing of all, with the ghost of a student who committed suicide moving restlessly about after classes
Have you had a spooky experience in Marquette County? We want to hear all about it!