Motorcycle touring along Lake Superior.
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One of Marquette's 77 waterfalls!
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Mountain bikers on Marquette's south trails
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A Kayaker plunges down Dead River Falls
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Carp River Falls
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Making The Most of Every Season

Whitewater KayakingWe 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.

Learn more about this spectacular event and others by visiting our calendar for upcoming events.

What's your human nature?

SUP-10764Make a splash into the summer with a kayak or stand up paddle board adventure in Marquette County! Set up your adventure through one of our local outfitters such as Big Bay Outfitters, Uncle Ducky Outfitters, and the new Crestone Adventures. Or if stand up paddle boarding is more your style be sure to check out SUP Brah rentals. Most of these companies also offer guided trips.
To learn more about these great resources to help you get out and enjoy the waters of Marquette County click here.

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Like Beer? You’ll Love the U.P. Fall Beer Festival

What are you doing on the first full weekend of September? If you’re like hundreds of other folks from Marquette and the surrounding areas – and, hopefully, from lower Michigan, Wisconsin and points beyond too – you’ll be walking from booth to booth at Mattson Lower Harbor Park, possibly with a sample glass of beer in your hand.

Why would you do something crazy like that, you ask? Why, because September 6 marks the 6th annual U.P. Fall Beer Festival, the premier warm-season get-together for craft beer fans from across Superiorland and beyond. It’s sponsored by the Michigan Brewers’ Guild, which at this point is the model for state-level craft beer trade organizations. So let’s take a closer look at what you can expect at this year’s festival.

The Setup

As in previous years, the U.P. Fall Beer Fest will be in Mattson Lower Harbor park, nestled between downtown Marquette and Lake Superior. The booths will be arranged along the broad lawn that’s bordered by Lakeshore Boulevard on one side and the marina on the other. It’ll be a rain or shine event – hey, at least snow won’t be in the forecast! – so keep your eyes on the weather and dress appropriately. Tickets are $35 in advance and $45 at the entrance, if any are left. Designated driver tickets are $5. “Doors” open at 1 p.m. and the last pour happens just before 6 p.m.

The Beer

Ah, but what would a fall beer festival be without some tasty craft beer? There’ll be plenty of that on hand at the U.P. Fall Beer Festival: 350 individual beers, give or take, from about 50 Michigan breweries total. (Yes, you read those numbers right!) The full list of breweries is still being finalized, but you can bet that prolific Michigan favorites like Bell’s and Founders will be on hand. Expect a few breweries that are harder to find – or perhaps not to be found at all – in the wilds of the U.P., too.

For every beer you drink, you’ll be expected to hand over at least one drink token. You get 15 of these with your ticket, with more available at 50 cents a pop. Each token is good for a three-ounce sample – the perfect size for a few sips as you choose your next brewery target. Note that some of the rarer and/or higher-gravity beers, especially barrel-aged varieties, may require more tokens. But hey, 50 cents ain’t bad!

The Food

It’s called the U.P. Fall Beer Fest for a reason, but beer won’t be the only thing on the menu this year. According to sources, there will be a healthy – literally and figuratively – lineup of local restaurants on hand to provide food to hungry festival-goers. While food isn’t included in the cost of admission, you’ll be able to find satisfying portions for the cost of a few beers. A final list isn’t yet available, so check the Downtown Development Authority’s website for info about vendors.

Logistics

Well, that’s the U.P. Fall Beer Fest in a nutshell. We hope to see you at 1 p.m. on September 6th. Before you arrive, be sure to check this helpful blog post from the Michigan Brewers’ Guild about what to bring (and not bring) to the event. Cheers!