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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Babies are here

Fawns have arrived. This little guy was hiding out in the open not ten feet from a cabin where we were meeting a number of contractors. (Interesting — did the doe put him near a cabin as protection from predators? I’ve found fawns near my own cabin several times.) This one stayed put, as Mama […]

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Old forest in the fog

Woods and Fog

As Robert Frost has said, “The woods were lovely, dark, and deep.”

This is a photo from a hike deep into the Huron Mountains with a friend who knows the woods as few others do. Standing in those giant hemlocks in deep forest you are immersed in the quiet and the beauty. It makes you be still. Today fog drifts through the woods, and dense fog covers the lakes. Surprisingly for this time of year there are few bugs. I hiked some, and fished some, and photographed a yearling bull moose.

Moose in the Woods II

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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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Ontonagon MichiganOntonagon is a harbor town located at the mouth of the Upper Peninsula’s longest river and near the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. The town is located just west of miles of beautiful sandy beach on Lake Superior. The harbor serves as an official harbor of refuge, and is the only safe Lake Superior port of any size between Eagle Harbor and Chequamengon Bay in Wisconsin.

The Ontonagon Chamber notes that Ontonagon County has a distinguished history of logging and mining and is the site of the first telephone system in Michigan. The oldest standing log home village in the United States is located at Old Victoria near the village of Rockland.

Ontonagon links

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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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L’Anse Indian Reservation

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community L'Anse Indian Reservation flagL’Anse Indian Reservation is home to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community of the Lake Superior Bands of Chippewa Indians. The L’Anse Reservation is the eldest and largest reservation in Michigan. It was established in 1854 under the Chippewa Treaty of 1854. The entire reservation encompasses nearly one third of the area of Baraga County.

Wikipedia – L’Anse Indian Reservation

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Gwinn is known as the Heart of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Located in the center of the upper peninsula, Gwinn serves as the perfect home base to explore the area. Only 25 minutes from Marquette, Gwinn allows easy access to the city, while being surrounded by beautiful scenic outdoor attractions. On June 24, 2002, Gwinn was listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the “Gwinn Model Town Historic District, Forsyth Townsip, Marquette County, Michigan”

Wikipedia – Gwinn

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