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.

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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

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What’s on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail?

Marquette County doesn’t exactly lack for recreation trails. From the South Trails — a world class, all season resource that draws thousands of active visitors per year — to the tried-but-true trails of Presque Isle, you don’t have to go far from Marquette to find a great place to stretch your legs.
The Iron Ore Heritage Trail is yet another great outdoor resource for fitness-minded residents and visitors. As the trail’s website puts it, “If you are a walker, biker, runner, inline skater, nature enthusiast, equestrian, xc skier, snowmobiler, history buff or ATVer… this trail is for you!” But it’s also something more: a celebration of the unique history and beauty of Marquette County.

This Is Iron Country

History and beauty in the same package — what else would you expect in the heart of the Upper Peninsula’s historic iron-mining region? At the moment, the trail winds from near the center of Ishpeming to Chocolay Township, running concurrently with a series of old railroad lines – the Duluth, South Shore and Atlantic Railway, the famous Soo Line and the Ishpeming and Lake Superior short line – as well as the Marquette Multi-Use Path, which runs along the shoreline of Lake Superior.

The Iron Ore Heritage Trail, as its name suggests, is full of history. The stretch between Ishpeming and Marquette connects two of the Upper Peninsula’s first settlements, tracing the route taken by iron-laden railcars in the 19th century as they wound down the hill to be loaded onto ore ships bound for the lower Great Lakes. The trail passes numerous relics of that bygone past, including boarded-up mine shafts, old forges, and even old blast furnaces. Interpretive exhibits mark off the most significant of these and provide additional insight into the lives — and livelihoods — of the people who built the Upper Peninsula. And the Cliffs Mine Shaft Museum, one of the most popular resources for folks interested in the history of the U.P.’s mining industry, sits right next to the trail near central Ishpeming.

Of course, history isn’t the only thing on display on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. The trail passes through some of the most beautiful terrain in the entire Upper Peninsula, losing nearly 1,000 feet of elevation and providing numerous vistas of Lake Superior and the southern Huron Mountains. During the fall, the entire stretch comes alive with stunning yellows, oranges and reds. In the winter, it turns into a peaceful wonderland that invites contemplation and reflection. And the section along Lake Superior’s shore offers great views of the city of Marquette, a rare urban vista in the pastoral U.P.

More to Come on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail

Running from the heights of Ishpeming to the Superior shore, the Iron Ore Heritage Trail is already pretty impressive. But it’s not even close to being done. Currently, nearly half the trail, stretching from Republic in the west to the current trailhead in Ishpeming, remains in an unimproved state. Over the next couple years, this part of the trail will be improved and, where possible, converted into a paved, dual-use track that allows for motorized traffic to run side-by-side — safely — with non-motorized uses.

So whether you’re into snowmobiling and ATVing or snowshoeing and cross country skiing, you have plenty of reasons to look forward to next season. We hope to see you out there soon!