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Michigan's Upper Peninsula is full of wonderful things to see and do. Many are within an hour of Birch Lodge. Here is a list to get you started. (View a map of the eastern Upper Peninsula.)

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Area Attractions within One Hour


Point Iroquois Lighthouse

Wheels of History Museum

Corner of Depot St. and M-221

Bay Mills Casino
11386 W. Lakeshore Dr.

Brimley State Park (on Lake Superior)

Pendills Creek National Fish Hatchery (trout)


Hiawatha Forest Guided Auto Tour of CCC sites (St. Ignace area)

Hiawatha Forest Guided Auto Tour of CCC sites (Eckerman to Raco Area)

CCC Camp Round Lake Interpretive Site & Sand Dunes Cross Country Trail

Lake Michigan Beach between Point aux Chenes and Brevort

8 miles of sandy public beach

Cut River Bridge Park

Natural/ Site seeing


Smoked Fish Shop

Mackinac Island

Mackinac Island Tourism Bureau


Fort Mackinac
Historical Grand Hotel
Historical Arch Rock
Butterfly House
Horse drawn carriages


Bike rentals
Fudge Shops

Mackinaw City

Colonial Fort Michilimackinac State Park

Historical/ Educational/ Site-seeing
Just west of the bridge on the shore of Lake Michigan. 1770's Fort, Museum, Archaeological Dig, Live reenactments

Historic Mill Creek Discovery Park

On US-23 (S. Huron St.) 3.7 miles south of Mackinaw City (towards Cheboygan) Reconstructed 1790 pit sawmill w/ reenactments Adventure Park: 50' Tower, Eagles Flight Zip Line, Climbing Wall, Forest Canopy Bridge, Water Power Station, Forest Friends Play Area

Old Mackinaw Point Lighthouse

Site seeing/ Historical
East of Bridge on Lake Huron shore 231-436-4100 Built in 1892. Museum, climb the tower for great views.

Conkling Heritage Park (performing artists)

Site-seeing/ Entertainment Free Concerts At the Band Shell
South Huron Ave.

Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum

Docked on east end of old railroad dock, near Sheplers blue maintenance building. Decommissioned Ice breaking ship open for tours––wear closed toe shoes

Mackinaw Parasailing

209 S. Huron


Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum

Largest commercial fishery on Lake Michigan; fish markets

GarLyn Zoo


Oswald's Bear Ranch
13814 Co. Rd. 407 (H 37)

Paradise Area

Tahquamenon Falls

Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and Whitefish Point Lighthouse

Whitefish Point Bird Observatory Trails and gift shop

Whitefish Point Underwater Preserve (shipwreck diving)

Abyss Charter Dives

Crisp Point Lighthouse

Sault Ste. Marie

Soo Locks

Soo Locks Boat Tour

Pendills Creek/Sullivan Creek National Fish Hatchery Complex

River of History Museum

Museum Ship Valley Camp

Northern Terminus Prime Meridian

Kewadin Casino

St. Ignace

Mackinac Bridge View Park

Developed by the Mackinac Bridge Authority, the park offers wonderful views of the bridge and a telescope to view details, a pavilion with photos and video about the history and construction of the bridge, which is now a registered National Architectural Landmark. The park is open mid-April through November 7am-9pm. Access by Boulevard Dr south from U.S.2 just west of I-75, or take southbound I-75 and exit just before the toll booths–watch for park entrance on right.

Marquette Mission Park and the Museum of Ojibwa Culture

Historical/ Educational
500 N. State St.
Operated by the City of St Ignace, this museum explores the life of the Straits Area 300 years ago when the Ojibwa, Huron, Odawa interacted with the French during this early contact period, and the French Jesuit Mission. The grounds are the location of a significant archaeological site. Displays in the museum discuss the archaeology and history of the site. On the National Register of Historic Places. A replica of a Huron longhouse is on the site. Gift shop of Native American arts and crafts. Located at the north end of the boardwalk, next to the Chamber of Commerce.

Father Marquette National Memorial

Historical / Educational
Located in the Straits State Park, just west of I-75 south of U.S. 2. The memorial enclosure explains the history and significance of Father Marquette. There is also an interpretive trail, and views of the Mackinac Bridge. Entrance is off Boulevard Dr., south off of U.S. 2.

Fort du Baude Museum

334N State St
Explains the significance of Fort du Baude built by the French in 1690 and its impact on the area. Large displays of artifacts and relics, daily showing of the "Black Robe" Located downtown -- look for the flags.

Kewadin Shores Casino

3025 Mackinac Trail

Huron Boardwalk

One mile along the shore overlooking Mackinac Island–sight-seeing/Historical–ribbons along the waterfront past shops, docks and marina with an interpretive signs of the history and industry of the area. Displays include an original Mackinaw boat built about 1899.

Shops and Ferry to the Island

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter

Dock Park
1075 S. Huron, south of downtown, and east of I-75
906-643-6435 .

The 140' ice-breaker, " Biscayne Bay" moored nearby. High security area, photographers may get questioned. Tours only available during special open houses and events.

Airplane Tours

Great Lakes Air
1220 N State St.
Tours over the Mackinac Straits

Straits of Mackinac Underwater Preserve

Shipwreck Diving
Straits Scuba Center
587 N. State St


Michigan Nature Association: Fred Dye Wildflower Sanctuary: Kenneth

Trout Streams:

Tahquamenon River

Two-Hearted River (Earnest Hemingway)

North Country National Scenic Trail (in area)
North Country National Scenic Trail

Eastern U.P. Bike Tour


St. Ignace Golf Course

Sault Ste. Marie Country Club

Tanglewood Marsh: Saulte Ste. Marie

Wild Bluff Golf Course: Brimley

The Oaks: Kinchloe

Hidden River Golf and Casting Club: Brutus (PGA Top 100 US)

The Jewel (Grand Hotel Course): Mackinac Island

Wawashkamo Golf Course: Mackinac Island

Newberry Country Club: Newberry

Area Attractions Within 2 Hours

Grand Marais

Au Sable Light House

Agate Beach

Sable Falls

Grand Sable Bank and Dunes

Log Slide ( almost 300' dune to Lake Superior)


Kitchitikipi Big Spring

Site seeing/ Educational
Boardwalk and Lighthouse


Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks Cruise

Shipwreck Cruise

Grand Island


Le Cheneaux Maritime Museum

Seney Wildlife Refuge

Seul Choix Point Lighthouse

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