UP Living - Places - Sites - The Upper Peninsula, Michigan, USA

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
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