Marquette Area Points of Interest:

Lake Superior:
Marquette's biggest attraction is of course Lake Superior. The largest fresh water lake in the world, spanning 31,000 square miles and outlining Marquette County with 80 miles of shoreline. You may find gemstones like agates, amethyst and greenstone while combing the fine sand beaches. The city of Marquette maintains lifeguarded beaches along Lake Superior June through Labor Day. Many of the cities beaches offer restrooms, volleyball courts, playground equipment, cooking grills and picnic tables.

Historic Lake Superior Lighthouses:
Marquette Harbor Lighthouse is located on an active U.S. Coast Guard resident station. Built in 1853, the structure rests on an expansive stone bluff. It is among the oldest buildings in Marquette.

Presque Isle Harbor Light is located at the end of a rugged stone breakwater at Marquette's Presque Isle Park. It's light still guides ships day and night into the railroad ore docks.

Big Bay Pointe Lighthouse was built in 1896 and now serves as a bed and breakfast. This lighthouse is located some 25 miles north of Marquette along the Lake Superior shoreline.

Other lighthouses of interest in the area include Granite Island Lighthouse, Huron Island Lighthouse and Stannard Rock Lighthouse

Lake Superior Marinas:
The city of Marquette supports two marinas on Lake Superior, the Presque Isle Marina on Presque Isle Park, and the Cinder Pond Marina adjacent to the Ellwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park and downtown. A HarborMaster is on duty from 7a.m to 10p.m. May through October. Both marinas offer VHF radio, gasoline and diesel fuel, water electricity, restrooms and showers holding tank pump-outs, launch ramps and combine for 198 slips for transient and seasonal dockage.

Marquette Underwater Preserve:
The Marquette Preservation Unit includes approximately 24 miles of shoreline in which to explore wrecks of wooden schooners, steamers and commercial fishing vessels downed by Superiors gales and fog. Bring your scuba gear and explore.

Marquette County has more that a dozen waterfalls, a few favorites are:

Black River falls off County road 581 plunges 20 feet into an impressive waterfall that can be viewed at the center of the river from an island easily accessed by a footbridge.

Alder Falls takes a 30-foot drop from a rock outcrop jutting out of a creek and continues to cascade over rocks lining the riverbed. The falls span about 15 feet across at their widest point.

Warner falls can be viewed from M-35 near Palmer.

Carp River falls are two consecutive falls that drop about 10 feet and pour rapidly over an intricate rock bed.

Presque Isle Park:
This 323-acre park offers a free roaming refuge for white tail deer. Walk the beaches or through wooded trails. Enjoy evening concerts at the band shell; take a leisurely drive on the narrow road that circles the isle. Numerous cooking grills and tables are provided for picnics. An island store operates Memorial Day through Labor Day. The Shiras pool and waterslide are open mid-June through Labor Day.

Marquette County Historical Society Museum is located in Downtown Marquette. See rare books from as far back as the 18th century telling of the history and ethnic, social and economic past of the region. Over 100,000 photographs of local businesses and buildings, mining and lumbering activities and all forms of transportation from snowshoes to sailing ships. The John M. Longyear Research Library is also housed in the facility. Open daily year round.

Michigan Iron Industry Museum is located on the Marquette Iron Range and overlooks the Carp River. The museum features many exhibits and documents the rich 150-year history of Iron mining in the Upper Peninsula.

U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame and Museum is located in Ishpeming (approx. 13 miles west of Marquette on U.S 41). Ishpeming is the birthplace of organized skiing in the United States and the Ski Hall of Fame pays tribute to Olympic skiers and offers a historical perspective of the sport. It honors nearly 300 men and women whose contributions have enriched the sport and it is the only national sports hall of fame in Michigan. Open daily year round.

Marquette Maritime Museum is on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum provides fascinating self-guided tours into the history of man's mastery of the Great Lakes. Displays include an exhibit of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald, a working periscope, a 3-foot scale model of the W.W.II Submarine USS Darter, a diorama of the engagement of the Japanese force in the Battle for Leyte Gulf and other artifacts honoring Marquette native Captain D.H. McClintock.

"Anatomy of A Murder" Tours. Based on the best-selling novel by Ishpeming defense attorney and author John Voelker who successfully defended an Army Lieutenant charged with shooting a bartender in Big Bay. Self-guided tour with brochure.

Big Bay Point Lighthouse Tour. One of the few remaining resident lighthouses in the country. Open May through September.

Northern Michigan University and the United States Olympic Education Center Tours. Guided tours of NMU's campus are available upon request. The nation's Olympic Education Center is part of Northern Michigan University. See where Olympic hopefuls train for boxing, speedskating, Greco Roman wrestling, and other sports.

Outdoor Activities: Canoeing, Small and Large Game Hunting, Fishing, 5 Golf Courses, Rock Hounding, Hiking, Bike Trails

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