A Four Season Recreational Area
For fishing, swimming, boating, water-skiing, wakeboarding, hiking, biking, camping, canoeing, sightseeing, hunting, ATVing, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, the Curtis area offers over 20,000 acres of inland lakes, unspoiled wilderness and friendly faces.
Come to the Manistique Lakes Recreation Area.
Attractions and Recreation:
Au Sable Point Lighthouse and Maritime Museum , Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore between Munising and Grand Marais, MI. Trail of 1.5 miles leads along the lakeshore from the Hurricane River Campground to the Lighthouse.
ATVing: lots of trails and back roads around Curtis, so bring your machine and have some off-road fun.
Big Spring or Kitch-iti-Kipi, Michigan's largest spring is located in Palms Book State Park. Named the "Mirror of Heaven" by the early Indians. The Big Spring is two hundred feet across and forty feet deep. A self-operated observation raft guides visitors to vantage points overlooking fascinating underwater features and fantasies. Directions: Go 12 miles west of Manistique to Thompson. Turn north on M-149 for 12 miles to the park. by Indian Lake.
Boat, Motor, ATV, and Snowmobile Rentals at the Fish and Hunt Shop in Curtis, MI. Sales of new and used boats, snowmobiles, lawn and garden equipment, ATV's, motorcycles, clothing and snowmobile apparel. Parts & Service Department. On Main Street near Portage Creek in Downtown Curtis. 1-906-586-9531.
Crisp Point Lighthouse, activated May 5, 1904 at Crisp's Point, one of four Life Saving Stations built in 1876 between Whitefish Point and Grand Marais and named for the Keeper, Christopher Crisp. The Light Station was deactivated in 1947, and Lake Superior took over Crisp's Point as storms badly damaged the Light Station. In 1965 the Coast Guard demolished the buildings, but left the Light tower and connecting service building. A beautiful drive through the wilderness and well worth the effort.
Cross-Country Ski Trails in the Upper Peninsula Enjoy the Curtis Area Trails for some great skiing. 22 miles of groomed and marked trails for all ability levels. Mountain Biking in the Summer. There are also trails for cross-country skiing and showshoeing at the Seney Refuge.
Fayette Historic Townsite, once a bustling industrial community which manufactured charcoal pig iron for economical shipping to the Great Lakes steel companies. Now a State Park. Take a tour of the 19 remaining structures, visit the museum and learn how iron ore was converted to pig iron in the late 1800's.
Fayette State Park, visit the historic townsite of Fayette while you camp, hike, fish, scuba dive and boat. Snail Shell Harbor will hold large pleasure boats.
Fishing Contest: Memorial Day through Labor Day on the Manistique Lakes. Check in at the Fish and Hunt Shop in Curtis or ask your lodging host for information.
GarLyn Farm ZOOlogical Park, US 2, 6 miles East of Naubinway, across from beautiful Lake Michigan. 906-477-1085 The Upper Peninsula's Largest Collection of Live Animals. Exhibits in a park-like setting. Bring your camera and your kids and plan a fun day at Garlyn Zoo.
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, north of Paradise, Michigan on Whitefish Point.
Michihistrigan Recreation Area. Campground with 47 modern & rustic campsites, 4 cabins, The Farmhouse Restaurant (now open), and an 18 hole Michigan shaped Mini-Golf Course surrounded by Trout Ponds in the shape of the Great Lakes. Everyone welcome. Showers & laundry facilities in the Community Building. Large Pavilion with a fireplace and grill. Cabins open Year Round for snowmobiling. On the ATV and snowmobile trails. 60 miles west of the Mackinac Bridge on US-2 in the Gould City-Curtis area. W17838 US-2, Gould City, MI 49838. Phone: 906-477-6220.
Morels, Hunting them in Upper Michigan. Where to find them and how to identify them. Get ready for spring !
Mountain Biking in the U.P. Trails, races, events, wilderness rides.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is located between Grand Marais and Munising along the shores of Lake Superior. These sculptured sandstone cliffs are shaped by wind, ice and pounding waves, colored by the minerals in the water. This 40,000 acre park follows the south shore of Lake Superior for 42 miles where you can enjoy scenic overlooks, waterfalls, beaches. Visitor Centers have maps and other interesting information.You might enjoy the Shipwreck Tour in the Glass-Bottomed Boat or the Pictured Rocks Cruise.
Point Iroquois Lighthouse and Maritime Museum, on Lake Superior just west of Brimley on Lakeshore Drive. Bay Mills Township in the Hiawatha National Forest
Seney National Wildlife Refuge on Highway M-77, just west of Curtis in Germfask, Michigan.The Visitor Center at the Refuge is open from 9 am to 5 pm and is loaded with exhibits on wildlife history, habitat, ecology and management. A Seney National Wildlife Refuge orientation slide show is shown every half hour from. that introduces viewers to the variety of wildlife found on the Refuge, as well as management techniques. The photography is stunning! The center is complete with a natural history book store and children's touch table. A diversity of wildlife species utilize the refuge with over 200 bird species, 26 fish species and 50 mammals recorded. On a quiet summer's eve, one has only to stop and listen to hear the soft whisper of wings and the symphony of sounds echoing from the marshes. You can hike or bike through the refuge or take the 7 mile self-guided auto tour on the Marshland Wildlife Drive with docks and spotting scopes along the way.
Seul Choix Lighthouse, Park and Museum south of Gulliver marks a tiny harbor located on the north shore of Lake Michigan. This harbor was the last stop for refuge before coming to the Straits of Mackinac, some sixty miles to the east. The restored lighthouse and museum are open from Memorial Day through mid-September, seven days a week, from 10 am to 5 pm. Climb the tower of this active light, watch the video presentation, or visit the gift shop where you will find interesting books and unusual nautical gifts.
Snowmobile, ATV, and Boat Rentals at the Fish and Hunt Shop, Curtis, MI
Snowmobile Museum. Top of the Lake Snowmobile Museum, W11595 Center Street, Naubinway, MI 49762. Phone: 906-477-6298. Michigan's First Snowmobile Museum contains an interesting collection of over 62 antique and vintage snowmobiles along with prototypes and memorabilia. Gift Shop with hats, T-shirts, sweatshirts, and other unique items.
Snowmobile Trails in the Upper Peninsula Mountain Biking in the Summer
Snowmobile Trails Map for Curtis area Mountain Biking in the Summer
Snowmobiling and Skiing in the Curtis Area Mountain Biking in the Summer
Soo Locks, watch the Lakers and the Salties (ocean going vessels) going through the locks. Tours available for a trip through the locks.
Tahquamenon Falls and State Park, is located on Highway M-123 between Newberry and Paradise, Michigan. A nice day trip to visit the Upper and Lower Falls. Visit the beautiful Upper Falls, one of the largest falls east of the Mississippi River or the smaller Lower Falls where you can rent a boat for viewing up close.
Tahquamenon Logging Museum 1 mile north of Newberry on Highway M-123. Michigan State Historic Site. Buildings, artifacts, and special events depicting the early lumbering days in Michigan. Events to be held at the Logging Museum include Lumberjack Breakfasts, The Old Time Music Jamboree, and Lumberjack Days.
The Toonerville Trolley and Riverboat Trip, Soo Junction, MI, just north of M-28 between Hulbert and Newberry. Phone 1-888-77TRAIN or the Depot at 906-876-2311. Take the 6 1/2 hour train and boat tour to Tahquamenon Falls or the 1 1/2 hour Wilderness Train Ride on the Toonerville Trolley, one of the oldest and longest 24 gauge railroads in the country. Board the authentic Narrow-gauge Toonerville Trolley at Soo Junction. You will meet the Riverboat Hiawatha at the Tahquamenon River. Then enjoy a 21-mile boat cruise down the Tahquamenon River to the Upper Tahquamenon Falls. As you travel through the wilderness, there are many opportunities for viewing wildlife. Don't forget that camera! Food, beverages, and restrooms are aboard the Riverboat. A wonderful day trip!
West Mackinac Recreation Area Association covering the western portion of Mackinac County, including the towns of Curtis, Gould City and Naubinway.
Whitefish Point Bird Observatory, 10 miles north of Paradise, Michigan
Whitefish Point Lighthouse, 10 miles north of Paradise, Michigan. The Lighthouse has been restored and is open for visitors.
The Whitefish Point Underwater Diving Preserve offers deep-diving experiences in Lake Superior on a variety of shipwrecks in its 376 square mile area.
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