Great Outdoors

The Upper Peninsula is truly an outdoors person’s destination. There is not a single place where you won’t experience the splendor of nature and how it strengthens relationships with family and friends.

Last year was the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service and one outdoor adventure you can do to mark the occasion is the North Country National Scenic Trail. The trail stretches from North Dakota to the Finger Lakes region of New York, and goes across the U.P. from Ironwood to St. Ignace before continuing south through the Lower Peninsula. As you hike across the U.P. you can visit Laughing Whitefish Falls (considered one of the most spectacular in the Midwest); Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Muskallonge Lake State Park, Tahquamenon Falls (second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi), the Hiawatha National Forest and the Mackinac Bridge where a shuttle will take you across the Straits of Mackinac. Happy hiking!

 

Truly Wild

While there are several national sites throughout Michigan, our state only has one national park, Isle Royale. This archipelago wilderness (a chain of islands) in Lake Superior is one of our country’s 10 least visited national parks. That’s what makes it wildly wonderful.

Where it’s located: Isle Royale is 53 miles north of Copper Harbor. Of its 133,782 acres, 132,018 are designated wilderness. It is one of the few places in Michigan where you could see moose and gray wolves.

What you can do: Backpacking, hiking, paddling, boating, fishing, scuba diving and taking awesome photographs. The park also offers junior, youth and adult ranger programs and guided tours.

How to get here: Four ferries and one seaplane provide transportation services to and from the island. Reservations are highly recommended between late July and mid-August.

Where to stay: There are 36 campgrounds located along the Lake Superior shoreline and inland; two rustic camper cabins in Windigo; and Rock Harbor Lodge and cottages.