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Lakenenland Sculpture Park
Directions: Located on M28 between Munising & Marquette
There is no charge but donations are accepted.
Lakenenland was created by Tom Lakenen, several years ago he started building iron sculptures as a hobby. Eventually his yard was full and he had a hard time displaying new pieces, he decided to create a park where others could enjoy them as much as he has.
Directions: Take Highway MI-28 W/US-41 N until you come to the Carp River Hill Road, just past the Carp River on the left. Make an immediate left and stay down along the Carp River. Then proceed a quarter of a mile. Entrance is on right. After visiting the summit, come down on the road on the other side of the mountain. You will be on CR 553. On your left will be Marquette Mountain ski hill. Turn right to get back to the south side of Marquette.
From the south side of town, see the city, bay, and lake from Mount Marquette. The road winds up the mountain from U.S. 41, leading to a parking area behind the rock outcrops at the summit. These offer a spectacular view. But picking your way up steep, irregular steps, over paths cut deep by too many mountain bikes, and over the rounded rocks is not for the infirm – or for anyone in high heels. The entrance gate is locked at 10:30, and the exit gate at 11 p.m.
In winter, the road is closed to vehicles and open to snowshoers and cross-country skiers.
Marquette Maritime Museum & Lighthouse
300 Lakeshore Blvd.
Marquette, MI 49855
Note: Museum is closed in the Winter
Directions: MI-28 W/US-41 N continue onto S. Front Street, turn right at E Washington Street, turn left at E Lakeshore Blvd., destination will be on your right.
Visit the Lake Superior shoreline museum to learn of Marquette’s rich maritime history.
Presque Isle Park
Directions: Located at the north end of Lakeshore Blvd., Marquette.
A 328 – acre park along Lake Superior. It offers a 3.5-km trail and a1.5-km trail ranging in ability levels from easy to difficult. Trails are groomed reqularly.
Directions: Sugarloaf Mountain is 6-7 miles north of downtown Marquette on CR 550. Get there by taking Front to Washington, turn west and go to Fourth Ave. Turn north onto Fourth, which becomes Presque Isle Ave. At Hawley turn west. It turns into CR 550. Look for sign by parking lot. Free. Handicap accessible: no.
The summit of this cherished local landmark offers grand views looking north and east to Lake Superior, and south to the city of Marquette with its steeples and the green forests beyond. It’s a 15- to 20-minute walk to the peak – a view best enjoyed when the morning sky is still dawn-rosy. The trail is well marked. This half-mile climb is mostly stairway. Rated “moderate” in difficulty, it is less strenuous than it might otherwise be, thanks to the steps built by the county, plus benches along the way and a deck at the peak.
Little Presque Isle
Directions: Little Presque Isle is approximately 6.6 miles north of Marquette on CR 550.
The Little Presque Isle tract is often called the crown jewel of Lake Superior, with its beautiful sand beaches, rugged shoreline cliffs, heavily timbered forests, and unmatched public views.
The proposed natural area occurs north and south of Little Presque Point, around the mouth of Harlow Creek. The area is a combination of a wooded dune and swale community and bedrock lakeshore and cliff. The wooded dunes and swales formed as post-glacial lake levels receded, depositing a series of low sandy beach ridges. Since then, the ridges have become forested with hemlock, red pine, white pine, cedar, and balsam fir, while the wet swales that developed between them are now either forested or open wetlands.
The rock comprising the area represents some of the oldest exposed formations of its kind. More than a mile of bedrock lakeshore and cliffs adorns Little Presque Isle, including sandstone cliffs that reach nearly 60 feet high toward the base of Sugar Loaf Mountain. One kind of bedrock, granitic, that occurs here is the least common bedrock type along the Great Lakes shoreline, with less than eight miles occurring in total. This is one of three areas where the public can see these 2.3 billion year old formations in Michigan.
Directions: When you go through the city of Marquette take 4th street or it is also called Presque Isle, follow this road until you come to highway 550, a very small highway. Only two lanes, turn left. Follow the winding country lane for around 3 miles and on your left you will see a small sign for Mead Pond, Wetmore Landing area. Turn into the area on your left. The trail head is down there.
Hogsback Mountain is a mountain summit in Marquette County. Hogsback Mountain climbs to 1,220 feet (371.86 meters) above sea level.
Directions: From the intersection of Presque Isle Avenue and Hawley Street (CR 550), go approximately 23.5 miles to CR 510 (about 2.5 miles before Big Bay), turn left (south) onto CR 510, go approximately 1 mile on CR510 for parking on the right.
Yellow Dog Pinnacle Falls
Directions: From the intersection of Presque Isle Avenue and Hawley Street (CR 550), go approximately 23.5 miles to CR 510 (about 2.5 miles before Big Bay). Turn left (south) onto CR 510, for about 3 miles to the AAA road. Turn west for about 5.5 miles to Pinnacle trail on the left. Turn south for about one mile, then curve east then south for 1/2 mile until the road dead ends in a small parking area. Take the foot trail to the south of the parking area and follow the hill downward southeast, for about 15 minutes. Down by the river follow the ancient trail upstream to the falls.
Yellow Dog River Falls
Directions: These falls are located on the Yellow Dog River, 7 miles southeast of Big Bay. From the intersection of Presque Isle Avenue and Hawley Street (CR 550), go approximately 23.5 miles to CR 510 (about 2.5 miles before Big Bay). Turn left (south) onto CR 510 and go about 6.3 miles (bearing sharply left as you pass the AAA Road at about 3.1 miles) to the bridge over the Yellow Dog River. Cross the river and park on the left. Follow the trail downstream, on the right (south) bank for about 0.7 miles to the falls.
Directions: From the intersection of Presque Isle Avenue and Hawley Street (CR 550), go approximately 24.8 miles, CR 550 turns slightly right and becomes Bensinger Street (0.2 miles). Turn right at CR Kcb (2.5 miles), turn left at CR Kcb/Lighthouse Road (1.4 miles).
The light tower sits atop a bluff and rises 120 feet above the ever changing lake. Mountains, forest, and the greatest of the great lakes treat you to daily performance of natures finest. Seasonal changes mean a different look and character every time you visit. No matter when you’re here or what you do, you’re sure to enjoy our northern home.
Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum
123 Baraga Ave.
Marquette, MI. 49855
Directions: MI-28 W/US-41 N continue onto S. Front Street, turn left on Baraga Avenue, destination will be on your left.
Bring your imagination and see first-hand the wonders of the world through the eyes of Upper Peninsula youth.
Marquette Regionl History Center
145 W Spring Street
Marquette, MI. 49855
Directions: MI-28 E/US-41 S continues onto Front Street, turn left onto W Spring Street.
The Marquette County History Museum is the oldest Historical Society in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The Museum features a collection that includes artifacts from the prehistoric copper culture through contemporary times. Each year, visitors come from all over the world to use the Research Library and view the Museum’s exhibition galleries.
Michigan Iron Industry Museum
Directions: From Marquette take M-28 W/US-41 N turn left at MI-35 S, take the first right onto Forest Drive, take the first left onto CR Jq/Forge Road.
Michigan’s iron built the rails westward and the skyscrapers upward. Find out what it was like to work underground and follow the trail to the site of the Carp River Forge.
Cliff Shaft Mining Museum
501 W. Euclid Street
Ishpeming, MI 49849
Directions: MI-28 W/US-41 N, turn left at Lakeshore Drive, turn left at W Euclid Street.
See local Historical Artifacts representing the local Community during the Great Mining Era.
U.S. National Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame
610 Palms Ave.
Ishpeming, MI. 49849
Directions: MI-28 W/US-41 N, destination will be located on your left hand side.
It is home to an extensive collection of artifacts and archives relating to the history of skiing. It has 20,000 square feet of space containing displays on over 350 Honored Members, trophies, clothing and equipment. There is a Gift Shop, Library and Theater.