Michigan's western Upper Peninsula and nearby northern Wisconsin have a wealth of scenic and historic sites. There are also many opportunities for outdoor recreation including hiking, camping, backpacking, bird watching, fishing, hunting, canoeing, kayaking, mountain and road biking, auto touring, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, downhill and cross-country skiing.
Isle Royale National Park
Isle Royale’s physical isolation and primitive wilderness challenged human use for centuries; ironically, today they have become the island’s main attractions. Accessible only by boat or seaplane, visitors come to experience this island park through hiking its trails, paddling its inland waterways, exploring its rugged coast, or venturing into the depths of its shipwrecks.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
Located at the northern most tip of Wisconsin, the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore is a land of pine and hemlock; eagle and bear. It is the ancestral home of the Ojibwe people with the nation's finest collection of historic lighthouses and newest wilderness area. The 12-mile mainland unit and 21 islands include more than 154 miles of shoreline, a paradise for campers, boaters, and kayakers.
Ottawa National Forest
The almost one million acres of the Ottawa National Forest are located in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It extends from the south shore of Lake Superior down to Wisconsin and the Nicolet National Forest. The area is rich in wildlife viewing opportunities; topography in the northern portion is the most dramatic with breathtaking views of rolling hills dotted with lakes, rivers and spectacular waterfalls.
Fort Wilkins State Park
Located on Lake Superior nearly 600 miles northwest of Detroit, Fort Wilkins was an active U.S. Army post built in 1844 to keep the peace in Michigan's Copper Country. Today, Fort Wilkins is a well-preserved example of mid-19th-century army life on the northern frontier.
The site also includes the Copper Harbor Lighthouse with a restored 1848 lightkeeper's dwelling, 1866 lighthouse, 1933 steel light tower and interpretive trails.
McLain State Park
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Covering 60,000 acres, Michigan's largest state park is located 15 miles west of Ontonagon in the Upper Peninsula. Towering virgin timber, secluded lakes, Lake Superior shoreline and miles of wild rivers and streams make a visit to the "Porkies" a trip to remember.
Last updated: April 10, 2015