Visiting Marquette and the Upper Peninsula

Mount-Marquette-VistaWhile Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is off the beaten path, it’s not too hard to reach through the driving or flying. Check the links below options:

Map & Driving Directions to Marquette, MI from Google Maps

Sawyer International Airport (Marquette, Central U.P.)

Chippewa County International Airport (Sault Ste. Marie, Eastern U.P.)

Ford Airport (Iron Mountain/Kingsford, Western U.P.)

Travel Marquette

 

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Trillium in Alger County at Silver Lake

May is a favorite time of the year for me in the U.P. and if you missed it this year you should put it on your calendar for next year! I’ve been a little slow in editing my flower photos so these postings are not as timely as I’d like, but still I think definitely worth passing on. As you can see, trillium covered the forest floor this year as far as I could see.

 

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Flowing spring

Wandering the U.P. is always a voyage of discovery. This weekend I canoed, fished, and assisted in water sampling on and around a private lake that we have listed for sale southeast of Marquette. An extremely cold flowing spring was running hard out of the bedrock 40 feet up a rock bluff. There are reports of wells in this area that are running dry because of the unusually warm, dry weather, but this spring and the lake it flows to was unaffected. Apparently it is a strong upwelling from some deep aquifer. The water tumbles down the bank and joins many smaller seeps, which form a stream. A quarter mile further on that feeds the lake.

Flowing Spring

Silver Spring

Look at the interesting lichen on this rock, and the crystal clear water behind it.

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Fishing in the Upper Peninsula

brown-trout“The angler forgets most of the fish he catches, but he does not forget the streams and lakes in which they are caught.”
– Charles K. Fox

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has some of the most legendary fishing in the world which inspired writers like Ernest Hemingway and Robert Traver (John D. Voelker). From perch and panfish to coho & chinook salmon and of course the lake, brown, brook and rainbow trout, the U.P. is an angler’s paradise.

Exploring the North’s tours & guided trips page has a lot of charter fishing and fishing guide businesses listed.

You can click to view all my listings on U.P. rivers and streams and some spectacular inland lakes and get more information about the fishing in the Upper Peninsula at the links below.

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has an excellent fishing report for areas including Marquette, Little Bay De Noc, Big Bay De Noc, Au Train, Grand Marais, De Tour and Cedarville and Hessel and St. Ignace. You can get much more information (including how to order a fishing license online) from the DNR’s Fishing Page.

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Fall Color Touring in the Marquette Area

The Start of Autumn by Marjorie Obrien

The photo blog Michigan in Pictures is featuring a fall color tour of from Marquette to Big Bay to Negaunee to Au Train. Whether you do all or part of it, you won’t be disappointed – the Marquette area and the entire UP are simply gorgeous at this time of year. Some other tours they have are Pictured Rocks/Munising/Grand Marais, the Western U.P. and Houghton/Eagle River/Copper Harbor on the Keweenaw Peninsula.

The photo is from October 4, 2007 and was taken by Marjorie O’Brien, the very talented young woman who has taken many of the photos used in our About the UP section. Michigan in Pictures has an interview with Marjorie that you might enjoy.

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Hiking the U.P.

echo_areaThis photo is uniquely Huron Mountains. It shows a narrow divide between rock ridges with a beaver dam that has captured the spring runoff and rainfall to form a long, narrow pond. There are nine beaver lodges on this one, but only one shows in this photo.

This country looked just like this a hundred and fifty years ago when the trappers and explorers were discovering and learning the secrets of this country, and you can still find scenes like this and enjoy the beauty today.

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Photos from the Pictured Rocks

Photos and information about the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on the Lake Superior shore between Grand Marais and Munising.

This is a great spot for hiking and kayaking.

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Bikes roll in Marquette

Bikes roll in Marquette

Bikes were rolling this weekend at the 2007 Superior Bike Fest in Marquette. $8,000 in cash was awarded to the winners, but the real prize was participation and competition. Here’s a shot of an early leader taken from the corner of Washington and Third St. in downtown Marquette.

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