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


Geographic Description

Marquette County sits on the south shore of Lake Superior, the largest of the five Great Lakes and the largest freshwater lake in the world by surface area.  With over 1,083 square miles of land, Marquette County is larger than the state of Rhode Island and includes 55 miles of Lake Superior frontage.  The county has a population of approximately 74,000 people and the largest city is Marquette with a population of 22,000.

Attractions and Experiences

  • Blues Fest, Marquette
  • Seafood Fest, Marquette
  • International Food Fest
  • Superior Bike Fest, Marquette
  • Noquemanon Ski Race, Marquette
  • Ski Jumping at Suicide Bowl, Ishpeming
  • Ore to Shore Bike Race, Marquette
  • UP 200 Sled Dog Race, Marquette
  • Hiawatha Music Festival, Marquette


  • Marquette Maritime Museum and Lighthouse, Marquette
  • Lake Superior Theatre, Marquette
  • Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum, Marquette
  • DeVos Art Museum, Marquette
  • Beaumier U.P. Heritage Center
  • Marquette History Museum, Marquette
  • Michigan Iron Industry Museum, Negaunee
  • U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame, Ishpeming
  • Cliffs Shaft Mineral Museum, Ishpeming

Natural Attractions

  • Sugar Loaf Mountain, Marquette
  • Mount Marquette, Marquette
  • Little Presque Isle State Recreation Area, Marquette
  • Presque Isle Park, Marquette

Outdoor Recreation

  • 5 Golf Courses
  • Marquette Mountain Ski Area for downhill skiing and snowboarding
  • Hundreds of miles of cross country skiing, hiking and biking trails
  • Kayaking and canoeing adventures
  • Wilderness adventures featuring scenic overlooks and waterfalls
  • Snowmobile and ATV rentals
  • Inland Lake and Lake Superior Fishing Charters

Man-Made Attractions

  • United States Olympic Training Site, Marquette
  • The Superior Dome on the campus of Northern Michigan University, Marquette
  • Tilden Mine Tours (Seasonal)
  • Anatomy of a Murder Tours


  • Downtown Marquette boutiques, art galleries and shops
  • Antique stores throughout the area
  • Da’ Yooper’s Tourist Trap
  • Yooper Shirts (Downtown Ishpeming)
    Visit their website here

Attractions Within an Hour’s Drive

  • Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising
  • Pictured Rocks Boat Cruises, Munising
  • Glass Bottom Shipwreck Boat Tours, Munising