Upper Peninsula Journals

A Small Sampling of Michigan's U P

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An August 2013 trip to Upper Peninsula by MilwVon

Grand Island Harbor Range Rear Light Photo, Munising, Michigan More Photos
Quote: I thoroughly enjoyed my three day/two night trip to the U P. This journal wraps up the "best of the rest" including some stories about shipping on the Great Lakes. This trip was as educational as it was entertaining and inspiring.

Nature's Kennel Sled Dog Racing

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Attraction | "Sled Dog Mushing Adventures in Michigan's U P"

Nature's Kennel Sled Dog Racing Photo, McMillan, Michigan
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For those who have read some of my other travel journals here on IgoUgo know that a few years ago I became fascinated by sled dog racing and mushing in Alaska. Having been to several sprint races in Fairbanks and Anchorage between 2007 and 2010, my sled dog fantasy of attending the "The Last Great Race" the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, came true in 2011. Unfortunately I have not had a wintertime trip to Alaska since, so seeking out alternatives here in the lower 48 has become necessary.During my research and planning for my whirlwind trip the Michigan's Upper Peninsula, I was reminded of the the musher from the U P who had to scratch in this year's race due to a training accident. I re...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 9, 2013

Nature's Kennel Sled Dog Racing
14785 North County Road 415
McMillan
906-748-0513

Marquette Harbor Cruises

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Attraction | "Partridge Island Cruise"

Marquette Harbor Cruises Photo, Marquette, Michigan
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Marquette was the first stop on my three day/two night whirlwind tour of Michigan's Upper Peninsula (aka "The U P"). With a 3pm departure time, Marquette Harbor Cruises' "Partridge Island Cruise" worked perfectly into my itinerary. The two hour tour would provide access to views from Lake Superior that otherwise would not be possible. Even better, the trip provided a guided narration that provided the historical backdrop to really appreciate the importance of Marquette in industry and maritime history of the upper Great Lakes region.As cities go, Marquette is a small place. The 2010 US Census reported just over 20,000 residents. That said, it is the largest city on Michigan's U P an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 9, 2013

Soo Locks Boat Tours

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Attraction | "Wonderful Evening on the Water"

Soo Locks Boat Tours Photo, Sault Ste Marie, Michigan
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As I was planning my trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, I knew I wanted to try to get out on Lake Superior to see what I'd been told were the most beautiful coastlines on the North American Great Lakes. Originally, I had wanted to take the St. Mary's River Lighthouse cruise to go along with my "lighthouse" theme but unfortunately, they only offer that tour on Wednesdays.After considering my schedule and their tour offerings, I decided that the Sunset Dinner Cruise would fit in perfectly. I was very happy that I was able to make that work as I learned a lot about the Sault Saint Marie area to include the amazing Soo Locks. The tour of the Soo Locks, both on the American and Canadian si...Read More

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Soo Locks Boat Tours
1157 E. Portage Ave.
Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan 49783
(906) 632-6301

Soo Locks Campground

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Hotel | "Perfect Location For Soo Locks Visit"

Soo Locks Campground Photo, Sault Ste Marie, Michigan
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Originally my game plan was to find a campground over in the Hiawatha National Forest before making my way to Sault Saint Marie for my Soo Locks Boat Tour cruise but my Friday did not go as planned so I had to figure things out as the day progressed. Again, my Garmin unit "Toots" was a savior in that she was able to tell me what campgrounds were located between the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point and Sault Saint Marie. When I learned that there was a campground less than a mile from the Soo Locks Dock #2 where my dinner cruise would be sailing from, I felt that would be about the best place to plan for especially since it would be close to 8pm when I would be venturing out looking f...Read More

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Soo Locks Campground
1001 E. Portage Avenue
Sault Ste. Marie 49783
(906) 632-3191

Willabee's Restaurant & Lounge

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Restaurant | "Nice Restaurant Along the Way"

Willabee's Restaurant & Lounge Photo, Brimley, Michigan
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On Saturday morning, I was ready for a good, hearty breakfast. I had considered finding someplace in Sault Saint Marie but opted instead to get on the road heading west towards the Hiawatha National Forest and my first destination of the Point Iroquois Lighthouse. I used "Toots" (my Garmin) to find something that would be along my route. Willabee's Restaurant was the only thing other than a McDonald's or some other fast food joint, so that was how I selected it. I was very happy with Toot's on this find!This restaurant is actually part of the Willabee's Motel, sharing a parking lot. When I pulled in around 8am it appeared that they were close to "no vacancy" status. The restaurant is...Read More

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Willabee's Restaurant & Lounge
9915 W 6 Mile Road
Brimley 49715
906-248-3090

Lighthouses of Michigan's U P

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Seul Choix Point Lighthouse & Keeper's Quarters Photo, Gulliver, Michigan
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One of the primary reasons for my impromptu trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula was to check out some of the 115 lighthouses that are found along Michigan's Great Lakes' coastal shores.Michigan has more lighthouses and navigational lights than any other state in the USA and offers a wealth of opportunity to view, photograph, tour and even sleep in these architectural marvels. Some more elaborate than others, most have been fully automated and remain in service today even if they are no longer manned by light keepers.As you read on, you will see the term "range lights." Range lights are not intended warn ships away from the shore but rather to be used when lined up to provide n...Read More
M/V Lee A. Tregurtha Photo, Marquette, Michigan
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I find traveling to new places to be not only an opportunity to see or experience something new, but to also learn something along the way. My trip to Michigan's Upper Peninsula (or the "U P" for short) provided a wealth of education.Marquette, MI was my first scheduled stop on my three day trip. As I approached the harbor along Lake Superior, I noticed a huge structure rising from the water. I had no idea what it was, or what purpose it may have served in the past. What I could tell was that it was an abandoned structure from a by-gone era of shipping but that was about it.Later at the Marquette Maritime Museum I learned that the area was rich in iron ore which was the pri...Read More
American Soo Locks Photo, Sault Ste Marie, Michigan
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During my visit to Michigan's Upper Peninsula, I learned a lot about shipping on the North American Great Lakes. One of the most fascinating places I visited was the Soo Locks of Sault Saint Marie. As folks may be aware, Sault Saint Marie is an international border city between the United States (Michigan) and Canada (Ontario). Visitors on either side can observe the locks from open platforms that are right along side the waterway.For my visit to the Soo Locks, I enjoyed taking the Soo Locks Boat Tours' Sunset Dinner Cruise which not only included a nice buffet dinner, but also a full tour of the locks on both the US and Canadian side. Check out my full review of that experience, inclu...Read More