Negaunee City HallNeqaunee was founded by The Jackson Iron Company in 1846. Today Negaunee is a safe, friendly community that is home to the Michigan Iron Industry Museum, the historic Vista Theatre, and the Negaunee Historical Museum.

Due to the large population of miners and mine managers the village is both plain and stately. The village celebrates its heritage with the mid winter Heikki Lunta Winterfest and the mid-summer Pioneer Days.

City of Negaunee


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The City of Marquette, Michigan

Marquette LighthouseHistorian Fred C. Rydholm wrote a brief history of Marquette, Michigan that begins:

It was the Noque band of Chippewa Indians that lived along the shore of Marquette County for hundreds of years. The Jesuit Father Marquette, namesake of the city, passed along these shores for times between 1668 and 1671. He reported the Noquets to be less than 150 souls. Indian legend says that Marquette’s favorite camping spot was at Lighthouse Point near Marquette’s Lower Harbor.

Marquette Links

Travel Marquette

City of Marquette

UP Health System – Marquette Regional medical center; a modern, well run facility opened in 2019, with over 200 doctors.

Northern Michigan University in Marquette is a four-year, public, coeducational university which offers over 170 degree programs to about 9,000 undergraduate and graduate students.

Marquette Weather

Marquette Panorama

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The moose is loose

This young bull moose, a yearling, visited my camp recently… and I had my camera handy! I followed him in my car, snapping photos through the passenger side window.

Moose on the Loose

After a few hundred yards he stopped, peeked at me around a tree, and then came straight for the car! There was nothing aggressive about it, through. This is the time of the year when last year’s calf gets kicked out of the family because the new one has arrived. I suppose this little bull was used to having a big moose around, and it was surely a little lonesome in the woods. He looked for all the world like someone looking for a friend to pal up with, and was checking me out. I guess I’m flattered.

Moose in the Woods

Finally he stood in this “King of the Woods” pose. That’s what he’ll be before long. I hope to see him then.

Moose in the Woods II

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The Lore of the Lakes

Lighthouse Point, Marquette, Michigan

Granite Island Scott Holman’s Lake Superior Light House rehab (great site)

Lighthouses of the Upper Peninsula can be found through Exploring the North’s list of Upper Peninsula Lighthouses open to the public and Terry Pepper’s Seeing the Light.
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum is dedicated to the perils of maritime transport on the Great Lakes. It is fittingly located at Whitefish Point, Michigan, site of the oldest active lighthouse on Lake Superior near Paradise, Newberry and the Tahquamenon Falls. The collection includes artifacts like the bell from the S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald and a fully restored 1861 Lightkeepers Quarters.

Photo: Marquette, Mich., Lighthouse Point, courtesy Library of Congress (LC-D4-4759)

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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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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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