UP UP: The Upper Peninsula, Michigan, USA

Explore the Upper Peninsula, Michigan, USA; The UP is a remarkable place. Despite the cold and sparse population (no UP town is over 20,000 in population), the UP has busy areas for tourism, fantastic skiing, parts with milder weather, a world-renowned technological university in Houghton, and the shorelines of three Great Lakes; UP residents (Yoopers) match the toughness of their climate and welcome visitors and outdoor enthusiasts year-round


This web helps you explore the Upper Peninsula, Michigan, USA; here, you'll find organized and annotated links to Web sites about the Upper Peninsula's current conditions, facts, activities, events, places, sports, civic life, media, education, commerce, and reference works. You can view and link to this information in a variety of ways, and your suggestions are welcome. Use the links at the top of this page to navigate and access this information

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See live conditions and views of the Upper Peninsula

  • Weather: Current weather observations and forecasts
    • Graphic; shows current weather conditions for areas in the Upper Peninsula
      Click for Forecast for Houghton, Michigan from weatherUSA.net
      Click for Forecast for Marquette, Michigan from weatherUSA.net
      Click for Forecast for Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan from weatherUSA.net
    • Radar GL: Great Lakes Region radar; US National Weather Service
    • Radar MQT: National Weather Service radar; shows short range base reflectivity radar image for the Upper Peninsula
    • Snow depth
      Snowfall: 1-day / 2-day / 3-day / 7-day
    • Forecast: National Weather Service forecast; Zone Forecast for Escanaba, Michigan; shows forecast for day and then five days ahead as well as current conditions for Escanaba-Delta County Airport
    • Satellite: Goestationary infrared image; satellite image for Eastern United States sector, infrared image; provided by National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, US Dept of Commerce
    • Buoys: Recent Marine Data; get readings from marine buoys about water and weather conditions through a clickable, graphical map
    • Water Temp: Map of Great Lakes Surface Water temperature; color-coded map shows water temperature (or ice as applicable) in the Great Lakes; National Oceanic and Atomospheric Administration
  • Cams: Live views of the Upper Peninsula; helpful for finding out about current weather and road conditions
    • Alger Co: Dana's Lakeside Resort; Autrain; shows Autrain Lake and shore
    • Calumet: Main Street; shows the downtown street and impressive snowbanks!
    • Eagle Harbor: EagleHarborcam.com; Lake Superior shore as seen from Eagle Harbor
    • MDOT UP: Michigan Department of Transportation cams in the UP; check road conditions at various areas; provided by WeatherBug
    • Houghton: Michigan Tech and community cams; see also the Portage Canal Lift Bridge cam
    • Mac Bridge: Mackinac Bridge; views of the bridge from the Mackinac Bridge Authority's Live Cam at St. Ignace, Michigan and from Mackinaw City courtesy of Freeway Inc.; from the Mackinac Bridge Authority
    • MQT SWP: Marquette Presque Isle Park Superior Watershed Partnership Live Stream
    • Marquette: Marquette's Lower Harbor; shows Lake Superior shore at downtown Marquette
    • Seney: Seny National Wildlife Refuge; MidWest hazecam, part of a network of cams to provide the public with information about visibility throughout the upper Midwest; NOTE: this cam is sometimes not updated--sporadic operation
    • Soo: Sault Ste. Marie area; from MidWest hazecam service visibility camera network
    • Intl Bridge: View of bridge from US to Sault Ste. Marie Canada
  • News: News and reports about what's going on in the Upper Peninsula
    • Periodicals: UP newspapers and periodicals online
    • Bing News: Bing news search for Upper Peninsula of Michigan
    • Yahoo News: Yahoo news search for the UP; finds news and sports stories in a variety of news sources; includes photos
    • Google News: Google news search for the UP; finds news and sports stories in a variety of news sources; includes photos
    • Gas Prices; graphic image showing low and high gas prices; reported by users of the MichiganGasPrices.com Web site


Look up information about the Upper Peninsula such as maps, facts, and census information

  • Maps: Online mapping services; these allow you to zoom in and out and select specific features to view on the map
    • UP Counties: Outline map; shows the outlines and names of counties in the UP
    • Hunt's: Custom-made maps; show regions, towns, and points of interest in the Upper Peninsula; from Hunt's Guide to Michigan's Upper Peninsula
    • Landform: Shaded relief map; shows state of Michigan with 3-D-like shading
    • MapQuest: MapQuest's UP map; integration with digitalcity.com city Internet guide
    • Yahoo: Yahoo's UP map; integrated with Yahoo's Get Local city Internet guides
    • -USA Maps-: More online mapping services; you can use this list of sites to get more maps of the area or specialized maps such as historical, topographic, or satellite imagery
  • Info: Look up basic facts about the Upper Peninsula from online reference works
    • Wikipedia: entry for Upper Peninsula of Michigan; from Wikipedia, a free online encylopedia
    • Books: UP Books; a page presenting books about the city of the Upper Peninsula
  • Census: Information from the United States Bureau of the Census
    • UP: Upper Peninsula Counties; population counts from counties of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for 1990, 2000, and 2010 showing changes
    • Alger: County; US Census Bureau QuickFacts for people, business, and geography
    • Baraga: County; US Census Bureau QuickFacts for people, business, and geography
    • Chippewa: County; US Census Bureau QuickFacts for people, business, and geography
    • Delta: County; US Census Bureau QuickFacts for people, business, and geography
    • Dickinson: County; US Census Bureau QuickFacts for people, business, and geography
    • Gogebic: County; US Census Bureau QuickFacts for people, business, and geography
    • Houghton: County; US Census Bureau QuickFacts for people, business, and geography
    • Iron: County; US Census Bureau QuickFacts for people, business, and geography
    • Keweenaw: County; US Census Bureau QuickFacts for people, business, and geography
    • Luce: County; US Census Bureau QuickFacts for people, business, and geography
    • Mackinac: County; US Census Bureau QuickFacts for people, business, and geography
    • Marquette: County; US Census Bureau QuickFacts for people, business, and geography
    • Menominee: County; US Census Bureau QuickFacts for people, business, and geography
    • Ontonagon: County; US Census Bureau QuickFacts for people, business, and geography
    • Schoolcraft: County; US Census Bureau QuickFacts for people, business, and geography

UP Living

Find out about things to do and places to see in the Upper Peninsula


Yoopers take part in many clubs and organizations; activities include interest groups, clubs, hobbies, community centers, organizations, and groups

  • Arts Bonifas: William Bonifas Fine Arts Center; gallery exhibits, art workshops, classes, and theatrical productions; Alice Uren Powers Gallery; Studio gallery; Kastota Gallery; regional and local artists; online digital art gallery showcasing Upper Peninsula artists; Escanaba
  • Arts Soo: Sault Area Arts Council; plays, exhibits, workshops, concerts, art fairs in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan and Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario
  • Chess: Lake Superior Chess Association; a United States Chess Federation affiliate; part of the Michigan Chess Association; members spread throughout the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; main headquarters in Negaunee
  • Fish UP: Fishing Michigan's UP; portal for UP fishing information
  • Fish Bay de Noc: Fishing Bay De Noc; Online Guide To Fishing The Escanaba, Gladstone and Rapid River Areas of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; Little Bay de Noc is noted for its walleye
  • Fish Report: Great Lakes Fishing Report; Web-based bulletin board of angler reports throughout Michigan
  • Fish Superior: Joe's Lake Superior Fishing; reports of fishing trips on Lake Superior for Lake Trout; pictures, gear, techniques, weather, and general fishing information for the UP
  • Huron Mtn Wildlife: Huron Mountain Wildlife Foundation; encourages and supports scientific study of the living things, lands, and waters of the Lake Superior region; research center is located in the Huron Mountains in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; the Huron Mountains are near Big Bay, about 50 kilometers northwest of Marquette; some land in this area is private, belonging to the Huron Mountain Club, a private club that was the retreat of Henry Ford and other industrialists in the 20th century
  • Ishpeming History: Ishpeming Historical Society
  • Isle Royale History: Isle Royale Natural History Association; promotes the public's understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of Isle Royale National Park and Keweenaw National Historical Park
  • Keweenaw History: Keweenaw County Historical Society; volunteer commemorating and share the region's history
  • Kiwanis: UP and Northern WI Kiwanis; community service organization; links to local Web sites of Division and Clubs
  • Mtn Bike: UP Mountain Biking; information on trails, races, rides, and links
  • Scouting: Upper Peninsula Boy Scouts
  • Superior Watersheds: pollution prevention and science-based programs
  • -USA Directories-: Search organization directories; there are hundreds of thousands of organizations, associations, societies, and nonprofits in the US covering many interests; some of these are based in the Upper Peninsula; these directories help you locate an organization
  • Snowmobile
  • Snowtracks: Snowmobiling Resources and Information; information, maps, reports from all over Michigan, photos, from snowtracks.com
  • UP Snowmobiling: Information on the Snowmobile Trail System of Upper Michigan; Trail reports, lodging, weather, classifieds
  • Alger: Munising and Alger County; snowmobile information, trail reports, map, lodging
  • West UP: Western UP; snowmobile information from the Western UP Convention and Visitor Bureau


the Upper Peninsula is famous for its diverse events year-round

  • Listings: Connect to online calendars and databases; show what's going on and where; see also the venues section for listings of events at specific performance halls and places
    • UP Calendar: UP Calendar of Events; from the Upper Peninsula Travel & Recreation Association; shows major events around the UP
  • Periodic: the Upper Peninsula has annual or recurring special events and happenings
    • Art on the Rocks: Art Show at Marquette; at The Island
    • Great Lakes Rodeo: at the Marquette County Fairgrounds
    • Hiawatha Music: Music Festival
    • Ishpeming Ren Fest: Renaissance Festival in Ishpeming
    • Pine Mtn Music: Pine Mountain Music Festival; held in various spots around the UP; founded in Iron Mountain
    • Porkies Festival: Porcupine Mountains Music Festival; features folk, jazz, bluegrass and contemporary music; in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, Ontonagon County
    • Rodeo: Professional Rodeo; Iron River
    • Ski Marathon: Noquemanon Ski Marathon; 51 km and 25 km cross-country ski races; north central UP
    • Soo I-500: International 500 Snowmobile Race; Sault Ste Marie
    • UP Offroad 100: Automobile Race; Bark River, west of Escanaba
    • UP State Fair: Annual celebration of agriculture and industry; at the UP State Fairgrounds in Escanaba
    • UP200 Sled Dog: Sled Dog Races; Midnight Run; Jackpine 30; held in the north central UP
    • Walleye Trail: Professional Walley tournament; in the Little Bay de Noc, Escanaba
    • Winter Carnival: Michigan Technological University; annual celebration including large snow statues and contest; Houghton
    • Woodtick Festival: Music (country, rock, bluegrass, folk, blues) festival; in Hermansville, just west of Powers, Michigan


the Upper Peninsula has many cities, museums, and other places with Web sites

  • Sites: Places such as individual cities, towns, categories of places (e.g., camping), interesting places; see also the listings for Venues, Museums, Dining, and Housing; see Activities for cultural centers
    • Album: UP Album; a collection of images of the Upper Peninsula's sites, skyline, and street scenes
    • Alger Co: Online portal; travel and city information; Alger county has the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising
    • Alger Co Chamber: Alger County Chamber of Commerce; attractions, accommodations, activities, area information
    • Au Train: AuTrain is on Lake Superior just west of Munising
    • Baraga Co: Baraga County Tourist and Recreation Association; Baraga county has Mount Arvon, the highest point in Michigan at 603.27 meters above sea level
    • Bays de Noc: Bays de Noc Convention and Visitors Bureau; the Bays de Noc consist of Little Bay de Noc and Big Bay de Noc, including the Stonington and Garden Peninsulas, on Lake Michigan in Delta County; activities include fishing, recreation, tourism; the Little Bay de Noc is home to a major port for iron ore shipping at Escanaba
    • Bay Mills: Bay Mills Indian Community; on Lake Superior, near Brimley, eastern UP, near Sault Ste. Marie
    • Bessemer: in the Western UP near Ironwood; near the UP's major center for downhill snow skiing; annual Bessemer Snowmobile Olympus snowmobile race
    • Camping State: Department of Natural Resources list; all campgrounds in Michigan state parks, recreation areas, and state forests
    • Camping Private: Michigan Association of RV Parks and Campgrounds; map and listing of campgrounds in the UP
    • Caspian: Official city site; Caspian is in Iron County near Iron River; noted for its historic role in iron mining
    • Chassell: General Information; Chassell is on Portage Lake, near the Portage Entry, the eastern entrance of the water passage through the Keweenaw Peninsula through which ships take as a shortcut across Lake Superior
    • ChipIn Casino: Chip-In's Island Resort and Casino; Harris, Michigan, 20 km west of Escanaba Michigan on US 2/41; gambling, entertainment, dining, indoor swimming with heated sand beach; owned and operated by the Hannahville Indian Community Tribe of Potawatomi Indians
    • Copper Harbor: Copper Harbor Improvement Association; lodging, campgrounds, restaurants, groceries, gift shops, tours/charters, maps, history; Copper Harbor is at the northernmost tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, near Fort Wilkins State Park, is historically noted as the center of the 1843 boom in copper mining
    • Copper Range RR: Presents history of the Copper Range Railroad; includes Copper Range Consolidated Company, as well as the rest of Michigan's Copper Country; edited by Kevin Musser
    • County Govs: UP County government Web sites; official government Web sites; some contain tourist information or links to tourist sites
    • Crystal Falls: General information; Crystal Falls is in Iron County; noted for its role in iron mining and logging; noted also as the home of what is thought to be the largest and oldest living organism on earth--the "humongous fungus" (Johann N. Bruhn, Journal of Nature, April 1992), Armillaria bulbosa
    • Curtis Area: Curtis Chamber of Commerce; Curtis is in the eastern UP on Manistique Lakes (which is not near Manistique); offers activities from smelt dipping to ice fishing in a waterfront village setting
    • Delta Co Visit: Delta County Area Chamber of Commerce; boasts more fresh water shoreline than any other county in the nation; county encompasses more populous western side of Little Bay de Noc including the cities of Escanaba and Gladstone, Stonington and Garden Peninsulas, and Big Bay de Noc; guide to places to stay, eat, shop, golf, fish, camp, and worship; notable Walleye fishing in Little Bay de Noc and shipping port at Escanaba
    • De Tour Village: DeTour Area Chamber of Commerce; De Tour Village is at the easternmost tip of the UP on the De Tour passage waterway west of Drummond Island; notable for its water-oriented tourism as it lies at the conjunction of the St Mary's River and Lake Huron
    • Dickinson Co Visit: Dickinson Area Partnership; visitor and commerce information for Dickinson County in the central UP including the cities of Iron Mountain, Kingsford, and Norway; notable snow skiing
    • Escanaba: Official city site; municipal services, city information; Escanaba is on Lake Michigan in the central UP and is a notable port, services, business, light industry center, and seat of Delta County; historically, it is notable for its continued role in lumbering, wood and paper, agricultural products, and sport fishing; on the Little Bay de Noc; the bays moderate the climate and snowfall amounts, so it is sometimes dubbed "the banana belt of the UP"
    • Eagle Harbor: Unofficial information; Eagle Harbor is in Keweneenaw County on Lake Superior; it is notable as harbor which served as an important shipping point in the 19th century
    • Fayette: Deserted 1880's company town; on the Garden Peninsula in Delta County; Fayette is a historic townsite in Fayette Historic State Park; iron-smelting operations developed here in the late 19th century; visitor center and walking tour
    • Ft Wilkins: Fort Wilkins and Copper Harbor Lighthouse; Michigan State Park; served briefly in the 1840's as a US Army post; historic buildings, costumed interpreters
    • Gladstone: Official city site; information on municipal administration, operations, parks, recreation, industrial park; Gladstone is in the central UP and on the Little Bay de Noc on Lake Michigan; notable for its role as a "year round playground," and its boat harbor at Van Cleve Park
    • Grand Marais: Chamber of Commerce; information on tourism, business, attractions; Grand Marais, on Lake Superior in the northern UP is at the eastern gateway to Pictured Rocks Nationa Lakeshore
    • Granite Island: Granite Island Light Station; a light station and weather station in Lake Superior
    • Gwinn-KI Sawyer: Chamber of Commerce; Gwinn is notable for its development as a planned community--a model town--created by the Cleveland-Cliffs Iron Mining Company for its miners; Sawyer (now re-renamed K. I. Sawyer to distinguish itself from downstate Michigan village of Sawyer), is a former US Air Force Base closed in 1985; the site now houses the county airport KSAW
    • Hancock: Official city site; municipal information, tourism; Hancock is on the north side of the Portage ship canal, connected by the Portage Canal Life Bridge to the city of Houghton to the south; Hancock is notable for its strong Finnish heritage, its founding during the copper mining boom of the 19th century and its Quincy Mine; its hilly streets overlooking the Portage are the steepest streets I've ever bicycled on
    • Hannahville: Hannahville Indian Community Tribe of Potawatomi Indians; in the central UP west of Escanaba; the tribe is notable as the operators of the Chip-In Island Resort and Casino in Harris and as the largest employer in Menominee County and the 2nd largest employer in Delta County
    • Harbors & Marinas: Michigan Department of Natural Resources listing; shows map of harbors of refuge, harbors, and harbor reservations with clickable points for more information
    • Hiawatha NF: Hiawatha National Forest; information from National Forest Service; the Hiawatha National Forest is over 3,500 square kilometers of forest in a central and eastern unit; the forest includes lands that touch the shores of three of the Great Lakes and includes Grand Island, Round Island, Government Island, and St. Vital island; headquarters in Escanaba; Grand Island National Recreation Area
    • Houghton: Official city site; municipal information, visitor information, city Web sites; Houghton is on the Portage canal in the northern part of the UP on the Keweenaw Peninsula; notable for its historic role in the 19th century copper mining boom and as home to Michigan Technological University
    • Iron Visit: Chamber, Tourism, and Economic Development information; Iron County is in the western UP and is notable in its role in iron mining and logging; includes Iron River, Caspian, and Crystal Falls
    • Iron Heritage Rt: Iron County Heritage Route; a set of 14 attractions reflecting the story of iron mining, logging, and recreation in Iron County
    • Iron Mtn: Tourism Association of Dickinson County; travel information; Iron Mountain is the county seat of Dickinson County and is notable for its role as a recreation and tourism area as well as a site for International Paper at Quinnesec and other industries
    • Iron River: Travel information; Iron River is in the western UP; notable for its recreation and role in iron mining
    • Ironwood: Chamber of Commerce; Ironwood is at the westernmost tip of the UP where US 2 enters the UP; Ironwood is notable for role in mining and logging
    • Ishpeming-Negaunee: Greater Ishpeming-Negaunee Area Chamber of Commerce
    • Ishpeming: Official city site; Ishpeming is in the north central UP; notable for its role in iron mining and as site of the US National Ski Hall of Fame & Museum
    • Isle Royale NP: Isle Royale National Park; island wilderness archipelago in Lake Superior; 72 kilometers long and 14 kilometers wide at its widest point; 2,100 square kilometers of land and water; access by boat or float plane only; wolves, moose, pre-Columbian copper mine; International Biosphere Reserve designation in 1980; part of Keweenaw County
    • Kewadin Casinos: Indian gaming casinos; one of the UP's largest employers; casinos in the Soo, St. Ignace, Hessel, Christmas, and Manistique
    • Keweenaw CC: Keweenaw Peninsula Chamber of Commerce; tourism and community information; the Keweenaw Peninsula juts out the northern shore of the UP into Lake Superior and is notable for its role in 19th century copper mining; encompasses Keweenaw and Houghton counties; notable for a distinct cultural identity as "the Copper Country" encompassing a Scandinavian heritage, mining history, present role in education (Finlandia University and Michigan Technological University), and its geographic situation as a relatively isolated peninsula on a peninsula centered on its dual-city populated area consisting of the contiguous (connected by a lift bridge) cities Houghton and Hancock
    • Keweenaw Co: Keweenaw County; government and tourist information
    • Keweenaw Visit: Keweenaw Convention and Visitor Bureau; official website of the Keweenaw CVB; tourism information source to plan your next visit to the beautiful Keweenaw Peninsula; mainland Michigan's northernmost point, the UP's "Superior Coast"
    • Keweenaw Indian: Keweenaw Bay Indian Community; tribal information; operators of Ojibwa Casinos and other businesses; Baraga
    • Keweenaw NHP: Keweenaw National Historical Park; US National Parks Service; copper mining heritage; 7 square kilometers on two main units and cooperating sites; Calumet Unit; Quincy Unit
    • Keweenaw Underwater: Keweenaw Underwater Preserve; established by the State of Michigan in 1991 to protect the submerged historic resources in the water of Lake Superior off the Keweenaw Peninsula
    • Kingsford: Official city site; Kingsford is in Dickinson County, next to Iron Mountain; Kingsford is notable for Henry Ford's choice of the area for sawmills and manufacturing facilities for wooden components of Ford automobiles in the early 20th century; waste wood generated by the sawmills for products included charcoal briquettes, which, after Ford left in 1951, became known as Kingsford charcoal briquettes, a well-known brand, which are now made elsewhere
    • Kinross: Official township site; Kinross Charter Township and Kincheloe Community; township, business, and visitor information; Kinross is in the eastern UP, 32 kilometers south of Sault Ste. Marie; Kincheloe is a former US Air Force base, now an airport
    • Lake Gogebic Area: Lake Gogebic Chamber of Commerce; Lake Gogebic is in the western UP and is the largest inland lake (54 square kilometers) in the UP; it is notable for its fishing and the fact that it straddles two time zones and two counties
    • Lake Huron: Great Lakes Information Network entry for Lake Huron; the UP's Lake Huron shoreline is in the eastern end of the UP; Lake Huron is the second largest Great Lake in surface area (about 60,000 square kilometers) and is important as a shipping connection to Lakes Michigan via the Straits of Mackinac and Lake Superior via the Soo Locks
    • Lake Linden: official Village site; Lake Linden is on the Keweenaw Peninsula, north of Houghton/Hancock; Lake Linden is the home of the Houghton Country Historical Museum
    • Lake Michigan: Great Lakes Information Network entry for Lake Michigan; Lake Michigan is the only Great Lake located entirely within the United States and has a surface area of 57,800 square kilometers; Lake Michigan is important for shipping access to the Mississippi River and the midwest United States
    • Lake Superior: Great Lakes Information Network entry for Lake Superior; Lake Superior is the largest Great Lake in surface area, with 82,000 square kilometers; in the winter, it can freeze over and its shipping season is thus shortened
    • Les Cheneaux Is: Les Cheneaux Islands Area Tourist Association; 36 islands in Lake Huron in the eastern UP near Cedarville
    • Libraries: Upper Peninsula Region of Library Cooperation; listing of public libraries in the UP with links to individual Web sites
    • Lighthouses: List from the Internet Public Library; shows a list of and details on lighthouses all over the US organized by body of water
    • LS & I RR: unofficial web site, Lake Superior & Ishpeming Railroad; page presents information of historic and informal interest; the LS&I railroad is now owned by Cleveland Cliffs Mining; the LS&I railroad brings iron ore from the mines to ports
    • Mackinac Co: Mackinac County; government and tourist information
    • Mackinac Bridge: Suspension bridge connecting Michigan's Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula; Mackinac Bridge Authority official site; the "Mighty Mac" connects Mackinaw City in the Lower Peninsula to St. Ignace in the UP along I-75, the UP's only interstate highway; the bridge opened in 1957 and is 2,625 meters long from anchorage to anchorage and has a 1,158 meter central span (both the Verrazano-Narrows in New York and Golden Gate in California have longer central spans)
    • Mackinac Island: Tourism information; Mackinac Island is in the Straits of Mackinac just east of St. Ignace in Lake Huron; the island is famous for its Grand Hotel, and its tourist-oriented shopping, Victorian architecture, and car-free streets and roads
    • Mackinac Island Tourism: Tourism Bureau; information on lodging, attractions, events
    • Mackinac Straits: Mackinac Bridge & Straits of Mackinac; photos, information, and links to area information sites
    • Manistique: Travel information; Manistique is on Lake Michigan east of Escanaba and is the seat of Schoolcraft County; noted for its settlement as a lumbering area in the 19th century; nearby Indian Lake, Hiawatha National Forest and the Kitch-iti-kipi mineral springs
    • Maritime Trail: UP Maritime Trail; clickable map and guide to a variety of maritime related sites throughout the UP including lighthouses, museums, and tours
    • Marquette Mem: Father Marquette National Memorial; memorial to Jesuit missionary Jacques Marquette who established Sault Ste. Marie in 1668 and St. Ignace in 1671; located in Straits State Park in St. Ignace, it shows a view of the Mackinac Bridge
    • Marquette Visit: Marquette Country; Lake Superior Community Partnership; Marquette is in the north central UP on the shore of Lake Superior and is notable as a port for Negaunee and Ishpeming and the iron mining operations to the west and its abundance of winter snow (and cold!); this site includes information for all of the county
    • Menominee: Official city site; municipal information; Menominee is the southernmost city of the UP, right at the UP's southern tip where it meets Wisconsin; Menominee is notable as the seat of Menominee County and its marina
    • Menominee Chamber: River Cities Regional Chamber of Commerce; Menominee and its neighboring city of Marinette, Wisconsin constitute a UP center for tourism, shopping, and industry, notably ship building
    • Munising Info: Travel and visitor information; Hiawatha Publishing Company
    • Munising Visit: Munising Visitors Bureau; Munising is in the northern UP on Lake Superior and is seat of Alger County; Munising is noted as a destination for snowmobilers as well as a departure point for visits to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
    • Negaunee: Official city site; city just off Lake Superior known for its iron mining; ski jumping competition at Suicide Hill
    • Newberry: Newberry Area Chamber of Commerce; Newberry is in the eastern part of the UP and the seat of Luce County; nearby Tahquamenon Falls State Park
    • Noquemanon Trail Network: Hiking and water trail network; in the central UP; trails include Noquemanon, Saux Head, Cedar Hurst, Big Bay, Blueberry, Al Quaal, South Marquette, and Valley Spur
    • North Country Trail: Hiking trail; planned to stretch 6,400 kilometers in seven northern states; section going across the UP, partly along Lake Superior shore
    • Norway: Official city site; municipal information; Norway is east of Iron Mountain in Dickinson County; Norway is historically notable for its Norway Mine and as a station on the Chicago & Northwestern railroad
    • Ojibwa Casino: Indian gaming casino; in Baraga and Harvey
    • Ontonagon Chamber: Ontonagon Chamber of Commerce; travel and community information; Ontonagon County is in the western UP on Lake Superior; notable for its Porcupine Mountains State Park and winter snowmobiling and skiing
    • Ontonagon Net: Ontonagon travel information; events, fall color, snowmobile and ski conditions
    • Ottawa NF: Ottawa National Forest; 200 square kilometer federal forest land; over 500 named lakes; nearly 3,200 kilometers of rivers and streams; Sylvania Wilderness; headquarters Ironwood
    • Paradise: Chamber of commerce; Paradise is in the eastern UP on the shore of Lake Superior on Whitefish Bay; it offers outdoor recreation
    • Parks, State: Department of Natural Resources map; shows location of Michigan State parks and recreation areas and scenic sites; clickable map takes you to details on each locale
    • Pictured Rocks NL: Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore; sandstone cliffs along the shore of Lake Superior in the north central UP; 295 square kilometers; headquarters Munising; National Park Service; cruise available
    • Porcupine Mtns: Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park; Porcupine Mountains Chamber; in the western UP; 242 square kilometers of old-growth timber, rugged terrain on Lake Superior; scenic Lake of the Clouds
    • Quincy Mine: Quincy Mine Hoist Association; museum showing former mining operations at Quincy, north of Hancock in the Keweenaw Peninsula
    • St Ignace: St. Ignace Convention & Visitors Bureau and St. Ignace Chamber of Commerce; St. Ignace is located at the north end of the Mackinac Bridge and is one of the oldest communities in the region; noted for its tourism
    • Schoolcraft Co Visit: Manistique and Schoolcraft County; visitor and resident information; Schoolcraft county includes Lake Michigan shoreline; Manistique is the county seat; Seny National Wildlife Refuge, Indian Lake
    • Seny NWR: Seney National Wildlife Refuge; 385 square kilometers in the eastern UP north of Manistique set aside as a wetland and upland habitat for migratory birds and resident wildlife; bald eagles, common loons, trumpeter swans, geese, hooded mergansers, mallards, black ducks, ring-necked ducks, wood ducks, sandhill cranes, black bear, white-tailed deer, coyote, river otter, beaver, moose, wolves, ruffed spruce, sharp-tailed grouse, yellow rails, woodcock, osprey, black flies, deer flies, mosquitoes, and wood ticks; US Fish & Wildlife Service; also administers Kirtlands Warbler NWR, Huron Islands, Michigan Islands, Harbor Islands, and Whitefish Point NWRs in Lakes Superior, Huron, and Michigan
    • Society St John: Catholic Monastery of the Byzantine rite; poverty, chastity, obedience, and stability; in Jacob's Falls on Lake Superior in the Keweenaw Peninsula near Eagle Harbor
    • Soo: Sault Ste Marie official city site; municipal information; "The Soo" as Yoopers call it (always with the definite article "the"), is on the eastern end of the UP and is the oldest permanent settlement in Michigan, dating to 1668; with its namesake city across the International Bridge in Ontario, Canada, the Soo area is the most populous part of the UP (approximately 100,000 people live in the Soo area) and a destination for many visitors; the Soo is the seat of Chippewa County; attractions include the Soo Locks, International Bridge
    • Soo Canada: Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada; sister city to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, together which create the most populous metropolitan area of the UP; across the International Bridge from Soo, Michigan
    • Soo Chamber: Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce; businesses, events, visitor information
    • Soo Locks: locks connecting Lake Superior with Lake Huron; Sault Ste. Marie; locks raise and lower ships to compensate for the different levels of surface water in the lakes; significant link in the Saint Lawrence Seaway system; US locks (Poe, MacArthur, Davis, Sabin) and Canadian locks
    • Soo Tower: 64 meter observation tower; Sault Ste. Marie; observation platforms to look at the Soo Locks and maritime sites
    • Soo Tribe: Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians; community information; the Soo Tribe has its roots in the Anishinabeg people who lived near the St. Mary’s River and who traded with in the 1660's; today, the tribe has members throughout Michigan; satellite offices in St. Ignace, Manistique, Escanaba, Munising, and Hessel for tribal membership services; operators of casinos and other businesses
    • Soo Visit: Sault Ste. Marie Convention & Visitors Bureau; tourism information
    • South Range: Village official site; South Range is in the Keweenaw southwest of Houghton on highway M26; cooperating community in the Keweenaw National Historical Park
    • Stephenson: Official city site; Stephenson is in the southern UP, in Menominee County; grew as a stop on the Chicago and Northwestern Railway
    • Trails: UP Trails; explore the walking and hiking trails in Upper Michigan; view and post trail conditions; relate experience to what they are like, view calendar events, and download or view the maps of these trails; Hannahville Learn and Serve along with the Corporation for National and Community Service
    • Watersmeet: Chamber of Commerce; Watersmeet is in the western UP in Gogebic County; near the Wisconsin border and in an area with many lakes; nearby Ottawa National Forest
    • Western UP: Convention and Visitor Bureau; travel information for Ironwood, Bessemer, Wakefield, Ontonagon, Lake Gogebic, Watersmeet, and Hurley; popular area for winter sports and outdoor recreation
    • Zoo Garlyn: Garlyn Zoological Park; family-owned 12 hectare display of animals--birds, bear, coyote, camel, deer, wolf, otter; west of the Mackinac Bridge on Lake Michigan
  • Museums: Displays of objects; includes planned educational activities related to art, history, culture, or science
    • Agate: Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum; large collection of incredible Lake Superior agates; Grand Marais
    • Air Heritage: K. I. Sawyer Heritage Museum; works to promote and preserve the heritage and aviation history of K.I. Sawyer and honor veterans; located at closed former US Air Force Base which had been home to various aircraft--including fighters, bombers, air refueling, air rescue and reocvery, training, and communication
    • Bonifas Art: William Bonifas Fine Arts Center; gallery exhibits, art workshops, classes, and theatrical productions; Alice Uren Powers Gallery; Studio gallery; Kastota Gallery; regional and local artists; Escanaba
    • DeVos Art: Museum part of the School of Art and Design at Northern Michigan University; contemporary art
    • Baraga: Baraga County Historical Museum
    • Chassell: Chassell Heritage Center; Chassell Township Museum and the Friends of Fashion Vintage Clothing Collection; Chassell
    • Cliffs Shaft: Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum; Marquette Range Iron Mining Heritage Theme Park; Ishpeming
    • Coppertown: History of the boom in copper mining; Calumet; covers the history of copper mining in the region which has been tracked back to five thousand years ago when unknown miners chipped at exposed copper and traded it throughout the Americas; covers the 19th and early 20th century boom in copper mining in the Keweenaw Peninsula when Calumet, from 1890 to 1910, became the most populous UP city ever before or since--with over 60,000 people
    • Houghton Co: Houghton Country Historical Museum; home of the Copper Country Railroad Heritage Center; Lake Linden
    • Iron Co: Iron County Historical Museum; the largest outdoor museum in the UP; shows off history and art of the UP; Cultural Center; Lee LeBlanc Wildlife Art Gallery; Giovanelli Italianati Art Gallery; Bernhardt Contemporary Art Gallery; Caspian near Iron River
    • Iron Mine: Tour an iron mine; guided tour 120 meters underground; 14 kilometers east of Iron Mountain on US 2 in Vulcan
    • Iron: Michigan Iron Industry Museum; shows displays related to the iron ore mining activities that continue today in the UP iron range; in Neguanee
    • Marquette Co: Marquette County History Museum; traces the history of the UP in the Marquette area from Native American times to the present
    • Marquette Maritime: Lake Superior and Great Lakes artifacts; lighthouse lens collection; Marquette Maritime Museum Association; in the old City Waterworks building, a one story, stone, hipped-roof Richardsonian Romanesque style structure designed by architect Demetrius Frederick Charlton
    • Mineral: AE Seaman Mineral Museum; Michigan Technological University; the official Mineralogical Museum of Michigan; collection of over 60,000 minerals, including from Michigan's copper and iron mining districts; a cooperating site of the Keweenaw National Historical Park
    • Negaunee: Negaunee Historical Museum; house museum showing off a 19th century living room, dentist equipment, mining exhibits, and the city's history
    • Ship: Valley Camp; lake freighter available for tours; Sault Ste. Marie; National Register of Historic Places historic vessel
    • Shipwreck: Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and the Whitefish Point Light Station; at Whitefish Point in the eastern UP on Lake Superior
    • Ski Hall of Fame: US National Ski Hall of Fame and Museum; Ishpeming; US ski history
    • Sports Hall of Fame: Upper Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame; Iron Mountain; honors sports men and women have inspired the entire UP community in sports
    • UP Heritage: Beaumier Upper Peninsula Heritage Center; historical museum and educational facility on the campus of Northern Michigan University; works to promote and preserve the history and culture of the Upper Peninsula; Marquette
  • Venues: Places for performances, concerts, athletics, conventions, tradeshows, gatherings
    • Arts Bonifas: Bonifas Fine Arts Center; calendar of performing and visual arts, classes; Escanaba
    • Calumet Theatre: Performing arts; in Calumet in a historic theater opened in 1900 as an opera house
    • Ironwood Theatre: Regional Center for the Arts; Ironwood
    • Rozsa Ctr: Performing arts; on Michigan Technological University's campus in Houghton
  • Housing: Find a place to stay or live in the Upper Peninsula
    • UP Bed & Breakfasts: Bed & Breakfast Inns of Michigan's Upper Peninsula; trade association representing 22 Inns and Bed and Breakfasts in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
    • UP FSBYO: Upper Peninsula For Sale By Owner; advertising service providing property owners the ability to advertise their real estate for sale on the Internet
    • Rentalbug: Michigan Vacation Rentals; lodging directory for Michigan vacation rentals specializing in cottages, cabins, homes, resorts, bed and breakfasts; property information includes pictures, rates and contact information
    • Vacation Rentals: search for vacation rentals; vacation rentals, bed and breakfast resorts, cottage rentals, hunting lodges, and other lodging options covering all of Northern Michigan
    • -USA Housing-: National lodging and housing directories; there are national directories you can use to locate area lodging or housing
  • Dining: Find a place to eat in the Upper Peninsula
    • -USA Dining-: National Dining directories; you can use this link to locate restaurants in the area that may not be listed in the local guides


the Upper Peninsula is home to community and college sports

  • College: Area colleges with athletic activities
    • Lakers: Lake Superior State University
    • Huskies: Michigan Technological University
    • Wildcats: Northern Michigan University
  • Community: Amateur, organized sports clubs, and special community sporting events
    • HS Football: UP High School Football; information about conferences and history
    • Ski
    • UP Info: UP-wide ski information; list of places to ski, conditions, snowboarding, cross country, trail maps, resorts
    • Big Powderhorn: Bessemer near Ironwood
    • Big Snow: Big Snow Country; information for resorts near the center of UP skiing near Ironwood, including Big Powderhorn, Blackjack, Whitecap, and Indianhead; lake effect snow produces over 5 meters of snow each season
    • Copper Peak: International Ski Flying Hill and Recreation Complex; near Ironwood, MI; the only ski flying hill in the Western Hemisphere and has the world's largest artificial ski slide; Chippewa Hill; 85 meter ski slide built in 1970 for the western hemisphere's first international ski flying tournament
    • Mt Bohemia: in Keweenaw Peninsula near Lac La Belle; approximately 64 kilometers north of Houghton/Hancock; expert skiers and snowboarders
    • Blackjack: Bessemer near Ironwood
    • Brule: near Iron River
    • Indian Head: Wakefield near Ironwood
    • Mar Mtn: near Marquette
    • Mont Ripley: Ripley near Houghton; Ski hill of Michigan Technological University
    • Norway Mtn: Norway near Iron Mountain
    • Pine Mtn: Pine Mountain Ski Resort; Iron Mountain
    • Porkies: near Ontonagon; Porcupine Mountains

UP Civic

the Upper Peninsula's civic life


the Upper Peninsula's government and representatives at all levels

  • Local: County government web sites; some UP counties have Web sites describing county government with links to official municipal Web sites where available; for links to individual city or tourism and chamber of commerce sites, see the places section
    • Alger: Alger County Courthouse; county government information; county seat Munising
    • Baraga: Baraga County Michigan Governmental Services; L'Anse is the county seat
    • Chippewa: County government portal; easternmost county of the UP, includes the largest populated area in the UP--the cities of Sault Ste Marie Michigan and Canada--as well as the Soo Locks; Sault Ste Marie is the county seat; Tahquamenon Falls
    • Delta: County government portal; in central UP; notable shipping port at Escanaba; notable Bays de Noc fishing, recreation, Lake Michigan shoreline; Escanaba is the county seat
    • Dickinson: County government portal; central UP; Iron Mountain is the county seat
    • Gogebic: County government portal; westernmost county of the UP; Bessemer is the county seat; borders Lake Superior and Wisconsin
    • Houghton: County government portal; home of the cities of Houghton and Hancock
    • Iron: County government portal; in western UP; notable role in iron mining industry; Crystal Falls is the county seat
    • Keweenaw: Keweenaw County; Eagle River is the county seat
    • Luce: Luce County; Newberry is the county seat
    • Mackinac: Mackinac County; St. Ignace is the county seat
    • Marquette: County government portal; in northern UP; bordering Lake Superior; Marquette is the county seat
    • Menominee: County government portal; government information, departments, courts, county board; Menominee is the county seat
    • Ontonagon: Ontonagon is the county seat
    • Schoolcraft: County government portal; on Lake Michigan in eastern UP; Manistique is the county seat
  • State: State of Michigan access
  • Federal: The United State's government has a presence in the Upper Peninsula through elected representatives
    • Sen Levin: United States Senator Carl Levin, Democrat
    • Sen Stabenow: United States Senator Debbie Stabenow, Democrat
    • Rep Benishek: United States House of Representative Benishek, Republican; Michigan's 1st Congressional District which includes the entire Upper Peninsula and part of the tip of the Lower Peninsula; the 1st District has 2,595 kilometers of shoreline, more than any other Congressional District outside Alaska
    • -USA Federal-: USA Federal Government links; links to major top-level Web sites related to the United States government; you can use these to locate federal services available in the area


Support for human needs and infrastructure

  • Transport: the Upper Peninsula offers a variety of transit options
    • UP Transit: Outlines options for Upper Peninsula transit via land, water, and air; bus, UP transit authorities, ship, boat, ferry, rail, and air
    • MDOT: Michigan Department of Transportation
    • Car Sharing: Avoid owning a car; be car-free as much as possible, but keep the idea that you can rent or borrow a car only when you need it--for a big project or trip to far-out areas, for example
  • Facilities: Institutions, units, organizations, or systems that build, distribute, plan, or and keep area resources or infrastructure working
    • DTE Energy: MichCon; delivers natural gas to communities throughout Michigan; MichCon is a subsidiary of DTE Energy headquartered in Detroit
    • Edison Sault: Edison Sault Electric Company; serves eastern UP
    • UPPCO Power: Upper Peninula Power Company; electric utility which serves approximately customers in two-thirds of the UP; corporate headquarters Houghton; a WPS Resources Com
    • WPS Energy: Wisconsin Public Service Corporation; a natural gas and electric utility serving northeastern and central Wisconsin and an adjacent portion of Upper Michigan
    • We Energy: We Energies; trade name for Wisconsin Electric Power Company and Wisconsin Gas Company; provides gas and electric service to customers in Wisconsin and the Upper Peninsula of Michigan; unit of Wisconsin Energy Corporation
    • Planning E UP: Eastern Upper Peninsula Regional Planning & Development Commission
    • Planning W UP: Western Upper Peninsula Planning & Development Region; planning organization for western counties Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw and Ontonagon
  • Human: Health and human services; you can call 211 in the UP to locate health and human service information
    • Employment: Michigan Department of Career Development; statewide network of Michigan Works! Service Centers for job seekers
    • Health HCN: Upper Peninsula Health Care Network; a collaboration of hospitals of the UP
    • Health OSF: Oder of St Francis; St Francis Hospital, Escanaba; UP site of OSF HealthCare System, a comprehensive, integrated network of health care facilities, affiliates and a member primary care physician and mid-level provider group known as OSF Medical Group
    • Health Veterans: Iron Mountain Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Veterans Affairs Great Lakes Health Care System, Iron Mountain; primary care in Iron Mountain, and clinics at towns throughout the UP: Hancock, Menominee, Ironwood, Sault Saint Marie, and Marquette; and Rhinelander, Wisconsin
    • UPHS: UP Health System; hospitals Bell and Portage, with the tertiary care of Marquette, a Duke LifePoint hospital,
    • UPCAP Services: The Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress Services, Inc.; works to serve the 15 Upper Peninsula counties as a regional economic and human resource development and planning organization; established in 1961 by the County Boards of Commissioners of the 15 counties of Michigan's Upper Peninsula; operates 211 health and human service information phone line
    • Yooper Aid: Directory of human services available in UP counties; areas include child care, protective services, mental health, substance abuse, transportation
    • -USA Human-: National Health and Human services; you can use these directories to find doctors, hospitals, dentists, and other health and human services

UP Media

Access information about and in many cases read (or listen to) the Upper Peninsula's media outlets


The Upper Peninsula's many publications offer Web sites with online content

  • Bay Mills News: Bay Mills Indian community; Brimley
  • Daily Globe: Ironwood daily newspaper
  • Daily News: Iron Mountain daily newspaper
  • Daily Press: Escanaba daily newspaper
  • EH Extra: Eagle Herald Extra; Marinette-Menominee daily paper published in Marinette, Wisconsin; serves the City of Menominee and all of Menominee County in the southern UP
  • Evening News: Sault Ste. Marie daily newspaper
  • Finnish Reporter: Finnish American Reporter; monthly, English language journal featuring articles and news reports of interest to Finns across North America, in Finland, and around the world; Hancock
  • Great Northern Connection: Shopper newspapers; ads and classifieds; browse online ads; Michigan publications include Escanaba U.P. Action News, Iron Mountain Advertiser, Ironwood North Country Sun, Manistique Advisor, Marquette Action Shopper, Menominee County Journal (plus MCJ extra), Munising News (Alger Co. Shopper), Ontonagon Herald, Tri-County Buyer's Guide
  • Iron Co Reporter: Iron County Reporter and Shopper's Guide; Iron River
  • L'Anse Sentinel: newspaper
  • LSSU Compass: Lake Superior State University campus newspaper
  • Marquette Monthly: Marquette Monthly; north central UP entertainment, stories, local culture, and events
  • Mining Gazette: Houghton daily newspaper
  • Mining Journal: Marquette daily newspaper
  • MTU Lode: Michigan Technological University campus newspaper
  • Newberry News: covers metropolitan Newberry; including Luce County, western Mackinac county, and bits of Schoolcraft and Chippewa counties
  • NMU Northwind: Northern Michigan University campus newspaper
  • Ontonagon Herald: weekly; first published in April 1881
  • Pioneer Tribune: Manistique weekly newspaper
  • St Ignace News: and Les Cheneaux Islands Weekly Wave
  • Superior Chronicle: Ironwood
  • Town Crier: Mackinac Island weekly
  • UP Business: UP Business Today; monthly magazine
  • UP Health/Happiness: local, independent , quarterly publication on health and well-being
  • UP's Second Wave: online publication; covers a variety of UP places covering business, feature stories, and news
  • UPMag: Events, community; all done with the best Yooper humor; from the Porcupine Press World Headquarters in Chatham, a suburb of Munising


The UP's radio dial sorted in alphabetical order by call letters; shows stations with Web sites; many of these radio stations offer live, streaming audio of their broadcast, so you can listen on the Internet anywhere in the world; please let me know your knowledge about updates to this list as radio stations change format, Web site addresses, and ownership often; HD = HD Radio programming (I know of no HD radio station in the UP as of yet)

  • -AM-: Click here for the AM stations sorted by frequency
  • -FM-: Click here for the FM stations sorted by frequency
  • -HD-: Click here for the HD stations sorted by frequency
  • CBON: FM 88.1 French; Radio Canada Soo Canada
  • CBSM: FM 89.5 Canadanian; Radio Canada Soo Canada
  • CHAS: FM 100.5 Hot AC Soo Canada
  • CHIM: FM 97.3 Religious Soo Canada
  • WAGN: AM 1340 Talk; Menominee
  • WCCY: AM 1400 Nostalgia Houghton
  • WCHT: AM 600 News Talk Escanaba
  • WCMM: FM 102.5 Country Gulliver
  • WCUP: FM 105.7 Country L'Anse
  • WDBC: AM 680 Variety Escanaba
  • WEUL: FM 98.1 Religious Kingsford and WHWG Trout Lake; WHWL Marquette
  • WFER: AM 1230 Talk Iron River
  • WFXD: FM 103.3 Country Marquette
  • WGGL: FM 91.1 Classical Music and News Houghton; Minnesota Public Radio
  • WGKL: FM 105.5 Oldies Gladstone
  • WGLI: FM 98.7 Rock Hancock
  • WGLQ: FM 97.1 Top 40 Escanaba
  • WHKB: FM 102.3 Country Houghton
  • WHRY: AM 1450 Oldies Hurley, WI
  • WHWL: FM various Gospel; three radio stations and ten translators across the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and northern Lower Michigan
  • WHTO: FM 106.7 Oldies Iron Mountain
  • WIDG: AM 940 Religious St. Ignace
  • WIHC: FM 97.9 Religious Newberry
  • WIKB: FM 99.1 Country Iron River
  • WIMI: FM 99.7 Adult Contemporary Ironwood
  • WIMK: FM 93.1 Classic Rock Iron Mountain
  • WJMS: AM 590 Country Ironwood
  • WJNR: FM 101.5 Country Iron Mountain
  • WJPD: FM 92.3 Country Ishpeming
  • WKNW: AM 1400 ESPN Sault Ste Marie
  • WKPK: FM 88.1 Christian Michigamme
  • WKQS: FM 101.9 Adult Contemporary Negaunee; gift106.com Christmas Music =HD1
  • WKQS: FM 105.1 Sports Negaunee
  • WKQS: FM 99.9 Sports Ishpeming
  • WLSO: FM 90.1 College Lake Superior State University, Sault Ste. Marie
  • WMIQ: AM 1450 Talk Iron Mountain
  • WMKC: FM 102.9 Country Saint Ignace
  • WMPL: AM 920 Talk Hancock
  • WMQT: FM 107.7 Adult Contemporary Ishpeming
  • WMTU: FM 91.9 College Michigan Technological University, Houghton
  • WNBY: AM 1450 Country Newberry
  • WNBY: FM 93.9 Oldies Newberry
  • WNGE: FM 99.5 Oldies Negaunee
  • WNMU: FM =HD1 various Public; frequencies around the UP: 96.5 FM Escanaba, 91.1 Newberry, 91.3 Menominee, 107.3 Stephenson, 91.9 FM Manistique, 90.1 FM Marquette; Northern Michigan University
  • WOAS: FM 88.5 Student media Ontonagon High School
  • WOBE: FM 100.7 Radio Now Crystal Falls
  • WOLV: FM 97.7 Classic Hits Houghton
  • WQXO: AM 1400 Oldies Munising
  • WRUP: FM 98.3 Classic Rock Palmer
  • WSFQ: FM 96.3 Adult contemporary; Peshtigo, WI
  • WSOO: AM 1230 Oldies Radio Soo Sault Ste. Marie
  • WSUE: FM 101.3 Rock Sault Ste. Marie
  • WTHN: FM 102.3 Religious Sault Ste. Marie
  • WTIQ: AM 1490 Oldies Manistique
  • WUPM: FM 106.9 Top 40 Ironwood
  • WUPF: FM 107.3 Classic Hits Powers/Escanaba; also on FM 96.7 Ishpeming and Newberry
  • WUPG: FM 96.7 Yooper country Republic/Ishpeming/Marquette
  • WUPT: FM 100.3 Classic Hits Gwinn
  • WUPX: FM 91.5 Student media Marquette, Northern Michigan University
  • WUPY: FM 101.1 Country Ontonagon
  • WVCM: FM 91.5 Religious Iron Mountain
  • WVCN: FM 104.3 Religious Baraga
  • WYKX: FM 104.7 Country Escanaba
  • WYSS: FM 99.5 Top 40 Sault Ste Marie
  • WZAM: AM 970 Sports Ishpeming; simulcast on FM 93.3
  • WZNL: FM 94.3 Adult Contemporary Norway


Television stations in the Upper Peninsula; in alphabetical order by call letters

  • Charter: Cable service
  • WBKP: ABC 5 and 10 Ishpeming and Calumet; also WBUP
  • WJMN: CBS 3 Escanaba
  • WGTQ: ABC 29 & 8 Sault Ste Marie
  • WLUC: NBC 6 Negaunee
  • WNMU: Public 13
  • WWUP: CBS 9 & 10 Sault Ste Marie

UP Education

the Upper Peninsula's educational opportunities


The Upper Peninsula area's colleges and universities

  • Bay: Bay College; public; undergraduate; main campus in Escanaba; West campus in Iron Mountain
  • BMCC: Bay Mills Community College; public; undergraduate; Brimley
  • Finlandia: Finlandia University; independent affiliated with Evangelical Lutheran Church; undergraduate; founded as Soumi College Hancock
  • GCCC: Gogebic Community College; public; undergraduate; Ironwood
  • LSSU: Lake Superior State University; public; undergraduate; Sault Ste Marie
  • MTU: Michigan Technological University; public; undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral; noted engineering education and research; Houghton
  • NMU: Northern Michigan University; public; undergraduate and graduate; Marquette


the Upper Peninsula's primary, secondary, career, and trade schools

  • Choice: School Choice information; presented by the American Education Reform Council
  • Directory: Michigan Schools Directory; elementary, middle and high school information for public, private and charter schools
  • Districts: Michigan Public School District sites; alphabetical list with links to public school districts in Michigan
  • MIVU: Michigan Virtual University; online education for K-12

UP Commerce

the Upper Peninsula's business community


Organizations promoting business and business opportunities in the Upper Peninsula area

  • UP Economic Development: Upper Peninsula Economic Development Alliance; economic development organization; private companies, utilities and local and regional economic development agencies throughout the Upper Peninsula; marketing the Upper Peninsula for business attraction and retention
  • UPCAP: Upper Peninsula Commission for Area Progress Services; serves the 15 Upper Peninsula counties as a regional economic and human resource development and planning organization
  • MI Economic Development: Michigan Economic Development Corporation; state-wide development corporation
  • Western UP PDR: Western Upper Peninsula Planning and Development Region; covers Baraga, Gogebic, Houghton, Iron, Keweenaw, and Ontonagon counties
  • NI: Northern Initiatives; community development
  • Kew Res Ctr: Keweenaw Research Center; research institute of Michigan Technological University at Houghton County Airpark;
  • Gogebic EDC: Gogebic County Economic Development
  • Schoolcraft EDC: Schoolcraft County Economic Development Corporation


Large, well-known, or notable companies with operations in the Upper Peninsula; sales figures, where shown, are from hoovers.com

  • Andex: Andex Industries; display packaging; designer, thermoformer and printer of a complete range of custom produced blisters, blister cards, clamshells, insert cards and skin packaging board; Escanaba
  • BdN Lure: Bay de Noc Lure Company; manufactures fishing lures; Swedish Pimple and fishing spoons; Gladstone
  • Besse: Besse Forest Products Group; manufacturer of quality northern hardwood veneer, lumber, and specialty plywood; headquarters Gladstone; annual sales $91 million (estimate)
  • Cable Constructors: telecommunications systems; for cable, telephone, utility; designs and supplies networks; Iron Mountain
  • Calumet Electronics: Calumet Electronics Corp; manufacture printed circuit boards; Calumet
  • CCI: Cleveland-Cliffs; operators of Empire and Tilden iron ore mines in the UP; 2005 sales $1.7 billion; headquarters Cleveland, Ohio
  • Da Yoopers: Musical comedy group; satire of Yooper life; audio recordings through You Guys Records; Tourist Trap in Ishpeming
  • EMP: Engineered Machined Products; producer of engine cooling pumps for diesel engines; Escanaba
  • Hiawatha: Log Homes; and furniture; Munising
  • Intl Paper: International Paper Company; forest products; Quinnesec unit; 2005 sales $24 billion; headquarters Memphis, TN
  • Kimberly-Clark: Paper products; Munising unit; 2005 sales $15.9 billion; headquarters Irving, Texas
  • Lakestate: Lakestate Industires; provides a wide range of products and services, based right in the UP, for your business or home including pallets and stakes, firestarters, document-shredding, janitorial services, and subcontracting
  • Manistique Papers: Recycler of catalogs and magazines; Manistique
  • Marble's: Marble's Outdoors; makers of sporting cutlery, axes, gun sights, and compasses; Gladstone
  • NewPage: coated papers; Escanaba unit; 2005 sales $1.5 billion; Dayton, OH headquarters
  • Pasty.com: Still Waters Assisted Living Community; makers of pasties in Calumet, Michigan
  • Pisces: Pices VMK; manufactures fish processing machines; Wells
  • Replica Engines: 1/4-scale operating combustion engines; Gulliver
  • Ross' Manufacturing: makes machines that make frozen custard; Escanaba
  • Saykllys: Confectionery and gifts; makers of chocolate and candies; Escanaba
  • UP Original: Promotes UP food products; and other products

UP Reference

Works to help you find out more about the Upper Peninsula


Learn more about the Upper Peninsula with online guides that describe area attractions

  • Hunt's: Hunts' Guide to Michigan's Upper Peninsula; evaluations of recommended restaurants, lodgings, campgrounds, points of interest with the motto "Candid and informative"; profiles of U.P. towns and custom-made annotated UP maps
  • UP Travel: UP-wide travel information; Upper Peninsula Travel & Recreation Association; businesses, activities, sports, attractions
  • Exploring the North: The Upper Peninsula and Northern Wisconsin Traveler; covers the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northern Wisconsin, exploring places to stay and go, things to see and do
  • In the UP: In the Upper Peninsula; portal to many topics about the UP
  • Keweenaw Traveler: Online guide
  • Superior Sights: Upper Peninsula of Michigan; travel, lodging, fishing, camping, bed and breakfasts, hotels, motels, attractions
  • Travel MI: Michigan information; travel, careersite, business services
  • Michigan Interactive: Michigan's outdoors
  • Great Lakes: Great Lakes Information Network; information relating to the bi-national Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region of North America


Access online information about the Upper Peninsula through general and specialized indexes

  • Google UP: Entry for the Upper Peninsula
  • Yahoo UP: Entry for the Upper Peninsula
  • Escanaba & UP: Escanaba and Michigan's Upper Peninsula portal; directory of area businesses and information with links to Web sites
  • SooLocal: Sault Ste Marie Area Directory; an online business directory listing businesses, shops and services in the Greater Sault Ste Marie area; links to Web sites of businesses where available
  • UP Business: UP links; links to UP businesses; a service of UPREALESTATE
  • UP Yellow: UP Wide Yellow Pages; Yellow Pages listings for Michigan's UP and surrounding areas; published by The Landmark Publishing Company of Ontonagon, Michigan
  • Yellow Pages: Search form; find businesses and organizations using the SMARTpages.com directory


Find more information related to the Upper Peninsula

  • Alumni: Yooper Alumni; directory of graduates of Upper Peninsula Schools as well as local flavor information
  • GL Vessels: Great Lakes Vessels; comprehensive information and directory of Great Lakes and Seaway shipping and vessels, including vessel passage, facts, and professional shipping resources
  • USA index: An index for the United States; resources to help you locate information about activities, events, places, sports, government, media, commerce, and reference information in the USA; You can use this page to locate information on other cities or information you couldn't find here
  • -USA General-: General reference section of USA Index; lookup information in national directories for classified ads, jobs, discussion, or lookup resources
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