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Things to do near Big Bay, MI


Local culture can be found in the town of Big Bay, population 320. Local amenities include: grocery and convenience store, laundry, gift shops, restaurant, a restored train depot and the celebrated Thunder Bay Inn, once owned by auto magnate Henry Ford. Nearby is the infamous Lumberjack Tavern, site of the crime re-enacted for millions in the film "Anatomy of a Murder." The town is best remembered as the film location for this Otto Preminger Classic.
Boat, snowmobile rentals, a marina, and tour guides for wilderness waterfall and sunset kayack toursand dog sledding, are all available locally. Downhill skiing, rock climbing, canoeing, mountain biking, and hiking are just a few activities offered to the novice and expert alike. In addition, Marquette has a wide variety of summer ethnic, art and music festivals, historic walking tours, a maritime museum, numerous antique shops and several winter sports competitions.

Snowy Plains Dog Sleds
Snowy Plains Dog Sleds
Dog sledding adventures at Snowy Plains Snowy Plains Kennels in Sands Township near Marquette 906-249-1011.
Presque Isle Park
This gorgeous park is 323-acres of peninsula. It offers wooded trails, lakeside cliffs, picnic facilities, and a concert bandshell. Enjoy the day at the park.

Van Riper State Park
The Van Riper State Park is a big lot with 1,044 acres on 1.5 miles of waterfront. It is located on the east end of Lake Michigamme and has fine sandy beaches and great water for swimming.
Pictured Rocks Cruises
This breathtaking day time cruise is a great way to see 40 miles if shorelines on the great lakes. Enjoy 3 hours of beautiful sites as well as a brief history of the area.

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The Area

Big Bay Outfitters offers half day tours to several waterfalls and mountain tops in the Huron Mountains. Also offered are mountain biking, fishing, canoeing or hunting treks, snowshoeing tours and bike Rentals available 906-345-9399 or write P.O. Box 38, Big Bay, MI 49808.

North Country Outfitters has boats, hunting and fishing equipment and ski rentals 906-345-9399.
Rent snowmobiles or ATVs at Midway Rentals 906-228-4200, Ace Hardware 906-485-1870 or Maple Lanes 906-9427662.
Play tennis at Big Bay's famous "Cracked Courts", swim in Lake Superior or walk the beach and search for rocks. Fish on the lake or one of the many rivers, picnic by a waterfall. Launch your boat at the harbor Boat Launch, go exploring hiking, biking and discover Big Bay's natural beauty.
MARQUETTE: Shop on historic Washington St. or Third St., tour a gold mine at Wattsson & Wattsson Jewelers. Visit Presque Isle Park, the Ore Docks, Lee Hall Art Gallery, (906) 227-2650, UP Sports Hall of Fame, (906) 228-0490, Superior Dome, the largest wooden domed stadium in the world, (906) 227-2888, Maritime Museum, (906) 226-2006, Marquette County Historical Museum, (906) 226-3571. Take a scenic drive up Mount Marquette or hike Sugarloaf Mountain.
NEGAUNEE: (Na-gaw-nee) and Ishpeming (45min.) Michigan Iron Museum, Naturbahn luge course, antique shops, Suicide Bowl ski jump, Tilden Iron Ore mine tours, National Ski Hall of Fame, Da Yoopers Tourist Trap.
MUNISING: (mew-ni-sing) (90 min.) Grand Island, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and boat cruises (906) 387-2379, Munising Falls, Alger Underwater preserve, Hiawatha National Forest, and Historic Paulson House.
BARAGA: (90 min.) Shrine of the Snowshoe Priest, Ojibwa Casino, Baraga State Park
120 min. away - Seney National Wildlife Refuge, Iversons Snowshoe Factory, A. E. Seaman Mineralogical Museum, Finnish American Heritage Center, Quincy Mine, Historic Calumet Opera House.
For information on the things listed above and more call one or all of the numbers listed below:
  • Michigan Tourism 800-543-2937,
  • Marquette County Tourism 800-544-4321,
  • UP Travel & Recreation (ask for Travel Planner) 800-562-7134,
  • Keweenaw Tourism Council 800-338-7982.

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