Michigan Governmental Links & Resources

Upper Peninsula LighthouseCooperative Extension Service Informational and educational materials, technical assistance, taxation information and research data.

Natural Resources Conservation Service On site technical assistance and property evaluations; Forest Stewardship plans; spring tree sale; aerial photos.) Marquette 906/226-2461; Alger 906/439-5555

Lead Paint Residential structures built prior to 1978 may contain lead based paint which can be a health hazard. Purchasers of such housing should obtain and read the HUD-EPA information pamphlet Lead-Based Paint: Protect Your Family.

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Forest management plans and technical on-site assistance, wildlife practices, hunting, fishing, recreation, Natural Rivers, endangered species). 1990 U.S. 41 So., Marquette, MI 49855 906/228-6561

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, Land and Water Management Division Wetlands, endangered species, critical dunes, underground storage tanks). Region 1 Headquarters: 1990 U.S. 41 So., Marquette, MI 49855 906/228-6561

Michigan State Government

Radon – Toxic Materials Radon is a colorless, odorless, radioactive gas that occurs in some areas of the UP (and throughout the U.S.) and can, in sufficient concentrations, represent a health hazard. It is a good idea to have existing structures tested for radon accumulations.

US Army Corps of Engineers (breakwaters): Contact Rich Gutliebec for the Marquette office 906/228-2833 or 313/226-2218. The Detroit District office is at P.O. Box 1027, Detroit, MI 48231.

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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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Canoe a foggy lake


Last night I was out in the canoe, and the lake was beautiful. Even the trout cooperated (for a while). We’re “catch and release” anyway, and a beautiful brown jumped several times and threw the hook on the third jump. That’s called a “long distance release.”

There’s magic and mystery when fog blankets the lake. It can be a very introspective experience or at the extreme you can get lost. On a really big lake, or Superior, you need a compass. That’s true whenever you leave the roads and wander about in the U.P. And wandering is important: Just like anywhere else you have to leave the big roads to find what makes an area unique and wonderful.

When I first visit the city I hear lots of noise, feel lost, and the city is a strange and of threatening place where I’m “on alert”. But then instead of noise I start to identify the sounds of a bus, and garbage collection, street vendors and neighbors. As I learn where to go, what to do and how to get there it becomes a place I know and appreciate. The wilds of the U.P. are just like that: Familiar and friendly to us; mysterious and strange until you learn where to go and what to see. You have to learn the territory. And we can help with that.

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