Points of Interest
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Lakenenland Sculpture Park
Directions: Located on M28 between Munising & Marquette
Free to the public, artist Tom Lakenen has populated his park with massive welded steel sculptures, which range from a rebar alligator to space creatures. A must see for the family.
Directions: From South Marquette, travel on US-41 about 1.5 miles south, up the big hill and partly down the other side to Cliff’s Power Road on the right. Go right,then down the hill and along the river for about a mile until you see a sign one the right indicating Mount Marquette. Take this dirt road and proceed on way up the winding hill to the summit.
The bedrock mountain towers several hundred feet over it’s surroundings and offers a number of vantage points. Accessible by car, bike, or hiking path, the top offers a spectacular view of the city of Marquette, Lake Superior, Hogsback, Sugarloaf, and other peaks in the Huron Mountain Range. Please note: The unpaved road to the top is moderately difficult on your vehicle.
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.
The 1891 sandstone building, not far from the Marquette Harbor lighthouse, is home to one of the Upper Peninsula’s largest collection of lighthouse lenses on the Lakes. The lens room has three Fresnel lenses and the rotating beacon from the Marquette Breakwater Light.
Presque Isle Park
Directions: From downtown Marquette, travel east, then northward from about 3.5 miles to the Upper Harbor. Travel under the ore dock and into historic Presque Isle Park.
Presque Isle, Marquette’s “crown jewel,” is a prominent headland located off the City’s northeast shoreline. Embraced by the waters of Lake Superior, “The Island,” as it is referred to, is a favorite recreational area for visitors and locals alike. It contains over 323 acres of scenic park land and supports over 100 native plants as well as numerous species of wild animals and birds. The park’s diverse landscapes-pebble beaches, rocky cliffs, bogs, and forests- can be viewed from Peter White Drive or enjoyed while walking along its many interior hiking trails. Presque Isle Park also includes a playground, picnic areas, an ice cream store, a band shell, a gazebo, three open air pavilions, an enclosed pavilion, a bog walk, a community garden, a marina, and a nature center. During the winter Peter White Drive and the park’s interior trails are open for snowshoeing and cross country skiing. As you enjoy the park, please take only pictures and leave only foot prints.
Directions: Sugarloaf Mountain is 6-7 miles north of downtown Marquette on CR 550. From downtown Marquette, travel north on Lakeshore Drive for 2.5 miles to Hawley Street. Go left (west) on Hawley, which becomes County Road 550, and continues west and north. Proceed northward on CR550 for about 4 miles, until you see a large Sugarloaf Mountain sign and parking lot on the right. Hike the foot trails and up the steps to the observation decks at the top.
The summit of Sugarloaf provides a breathtaking view of Lake Superior and the surrounding hills, and is a major destination in Marquette for visitors and locals alike. There are two trails to the top: One is marked difficult and another is marked moderate. In both instances, there are wooden stairs and benches along the way for your convenience, during the 20-minute hike to the top.
Little Presque Isle
Directions: Little Presque Isle is approximately 6.6 miles north of Marquette on CR 550. From downtown Marquette, travel north on Lakeshore Boulevard for 2.5 miles to Hawley Street. Turn left (west) on Hawley, which becomes County Road-550. Proceed northward on CR-550 for about 6.4 miles. At the 4.1 mile mark you will pass by the Sugarloaf Mountain parking lot on your right travel another 2.3 miles and look for a small sign on the right that reads “Little Presque Isle.” Turn right onto a dirt road and continue to the large parking lot at the end. From the parking lot, it is about a 3 minute walk to the beach.
One of the more remote and beautiful beaches in Marquette County, impressive White and Red Pine trees border the pristine sugar-sand beach. Once at the beach, Little Presque Isle is the large island looming just offshore. With numerous foot paths, the heavily wooded island can be circumnavigated on foot in about 45 minutes. Depending on the lake level, the journey to the island usually includes a chilling knee-deep wade through frigid waters. North of the island, tiny Harlow Creek flows into the big lake creating a fun beach playground for the whole family.
Amenities: Unpaved parking lot, dog friendly, marked paths, vault toilets, no lifeguard.
Directions: Proceed northward on CR550 about 1/2 miles past Sugarloaf Mountain, to a small circle driveway on the left. This spot is known as Wetmore Pond. Consult the trail map in the parking lot near the trail head. Proceed on foot along the trails that lead north and west to the summit of Hogsback Mountain.
This moderate to difficult trail can be taxing and tricky. Plan on more than two hours for this hike and be sure to wear sturdy clothing and footwear, bring plenty of water and food and don’t forget your compass. The trail travels through diverse forests and provides outstanding views. The 360-degree summit view overlooks Lake Superior, Sugarloaf Mountain and northern Marquette County. Hogsback Mountain climbs to 1,220 feet (371.86 meters) above sea level.
Directions(From Big Bay): From Big Bay, travel about 1.8 miles south on County Road 550 to County Road 510, on the right. Take CR510 south approximately 1.1 miles until you see a rock-faced “Thomas Rock” sign on the right. Proceed up the driveway to the improved parking lot complete with picnic tables and restrooms. From the parking area, hike up the handicap accessible path to the scenic overlook. Then loop around the outcrop and the elevated overlook walkway.
Yellow Dog Pinnacle Falls
Directions: From Big Bay, take County Road 550 south and east about 2.5 miles to County Road 510. Head south on CR 510 for 3 miles to AAA Road. Turn right on AAA Road and travel 5.5 miles west to the Pinnacle Road. Go south on the Pinnacle Road for about 1 mile, then follow the curve and go east for another mile to a small sandy intersection. Turn right and head south on the small trail for about 1/2 mile until the road ends in a small parking area and follow the trail down the steep hill, about 15 minutes southeast to the river. Down by the river, follow the ancient game trail upstream to the falls.
Yellow Dog River Falls
Directions: From big Bay, take County Road 550 south and east about 2.5 miles to County Road 510, a large gravel road running south. Take a right on 510, going south almost 6.5 miles to the bridge crossing the Yellow Dog River. Park on the south side of the river and follow the foot-trail east and downstream about 7/10 of a mile 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 Superior. 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. Please note this is a bed and breakfast inn and not generally open to non-guests.
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.
Located in historic Marquette along the shores of Lake Superior, the UP Children’s Museum is a hands-on exploratory learning environment designed by kids for FUN!
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.
Formerly known as the Marquette County History Museum, the new facility in the heart of downtown Marquette opened its doors in the spring of 2011. The museum offers permanent and special exhibits with a research center, gift store and a beautiful ball room/hall that can be rented. The Museum features a collection that includes artifacts from the prehistoric copper culture through contemporary times.
Michigan Iron Industry Museum
73 Forge Road
Negaunee, MI 49866
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.
US 41 E. Negaunee Twp
Located in the picturesque Carp River valley near Negaunee, this Michigan State museum is open free of charge and shows in dramatic displays how U.P. iron played a vital role in America’s industrialization. The views and wilderness paths are reasons alone to visit the location where an iron forge was built in 1848.
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.
With 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 375 Honored Members, trophies, clothing and equipment. There is a gift shop, library and theater.