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.
Learn more about this spectacular event and others by visiting our calendar for upcoming events.
UP Tourism Conference
The 2014 Tourism Conference will be hosted May 6th and 7th at the Peter White Library and Landmark Inn in Marquette, MI. For more information visit www.deltami.org/?tourism
Special rates for hotel rooms are available at the Ramada Inn and Hampton Inn. The special rate at the Hampton will be $159, and the Ramada will be $109.
What's your human nature?Waterfall Week 2014
The steady snowfall of winter means a superior spring run-off. As the home to more waterfalls than any other county in the state, with 77, Marquette County is celebrating their spectacular scenery.
Kicking off Waterfall Week, April 21-27, visitors can quench their thirst for adventure and delicious microbrews. The county’s four microbreweries are teaming up to encourage Views and Brews. Those who get out and explore any of the easily accessible waterfalls, take a photo in front of it and share it at one of the participating watering holes will receive a commemorative Marquette Waterfall Week pint glass. In addition everyone who participates in the geocaching scavenger hunt can register to win an overnight stay and other prizes.
Featured brews will be on tap and free waterfall maps are available as well, helping everyone to enjoy some of the most scenic waterfalls in the Midwest. To learn more, please click here.
Our BlogU.P. SportsPlex: Curing Cabin Fever Since 2013
It’s no secret that Marquette County gets a bit, um, chilly for a few months every year. That’s great news for folks who count the days until they can strap on skis. But what about those who, come April, would prefer to practice their golf or tennis swing?
The U.P. SportsPlex has an answer for them. Since the fall of 2013, the former industrial complex on Wright Street, just north of NMU’s campus, has welcomed outdoor sports fans of all ages to a decidedly roofed-in cluster of active spaces.
What’s the U.P. SportsPlex?
The U.P. SportsPlex’s website bills the place as the “Upper Peninsula’s Premier Indoor Sports Facility,” and it doesn’t dissapoint. Located on a parcel owned by Argonics – and formerly home to the company’s facility, before its recent move to K.I. Sawyer, the SportsPlex features:
- An enclosed turf field, with a full mesh enclosure. It does quintuple duty as a batting cage, driving range and flag football field.
- A concession area with seating for several dozen.
- Additional seating areas that can be reserved for birthday parties and meetings.
- A hard-top rink that hosts free skating hours and recreational hockey leagues, as well as soccer and lacrosse play.
- Two tennis courts that can accommodate lessons, classes and casual matches.
It might be less than a year old, but the SportsPlex already hosts a bevy of youth and adult leagues, along with training programs and drop-in blocks, which allow members of the public to swing by and kick or throw a ball around for an hour. It’s also a center for private tennis, golf, baseball and lacrosse instruction, not to mention preseason softball training. They say it’s hard to be everything to everyone, but the U.P. SportsPlex comes close.
An Ambitious Vision
So how did the SportsPlex get its start? When Argonics packed up and moved to a sparkling new facility at K.I. Sawyer, it held onto the vacant Wright Street property. Frustrated that he was spending money to keep the old space, owner Bob Flood jumped on the Marquette city council’s decision to relax restrictions on retail operations in formerly industrial parcels.
“Bob Flood made this happen,” says Doug Smith, the U.P. SportsPlex’s general manager (and a former Ferris State hockey player who previously oversaw operations at Lakeview Arena and worked as a consultant for multi-use sports facilities). Flood invested about $750,000 in the property’s redevelopment, which culminated in its October 2013 grand opening. He envisioned a multi-use, multi-season space that would accommodate competitive youth tennis players and first-time roller skaters under the same roof. Oh, and those early-bird golfers sick of navigating flooded golf courses for the first month of the season.
“Maintaining a multi-use space will be the key to our success,” says Smith. People might come for one reason or another – from the Friday night free skate to the kid’s birthday party to the flag football league – but they’re sure to find other things to keep them occupied. The disco-style free skates, after-school programs and weekend birthday parties have been particularly popular so far, according to Smith.
Ah, the birthday parties. The U.P. SportsPlex offers “party packages” for pretty much every taste. For no-frills fun, there’s the Roller Skating Party Package, which includes use of the skating rink, skate rental and table setup. Parties who want their run of the driving range/batting cages/flag football field have the Turf Room Party Package, which allows unrestricted use of the facility’s “turf room.” Meanwhile, the Tennis Court Party Package includes the option to play volleyball or disc golf on the courts. None comes close to the Platinum Sports Party Package, though: The most generous party package of them all allows unrestricted use of the roller rink/multi-use area and the turf room, along with the seating in and around the concession area.
Ready to see the U.P. SportsPlex for yourself? Next time you’re nearby, stop by for free skate, drop-in soccer, driving range hours and more!
1110 Wright St, Marquette, MI 49855