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Big Bay Depot Motel On Lake Independence

County Road 550, Post Office Box 61
Big Bay, Michigan 49808
Phone: 906-345-9350


The Big Bay Depot is located on Lake Independence,
23 miles north of Marquette in Big Bay, in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Sitting on the shores of Lake Independence, the Big Bay Train Depot has been refurbished into 5 uniquely decorated suites with fully equipped kitchens and is open year round with easy trail access.

Jan and Nancy Welcome You to the Big Bay Depot Motel

All the suites are facing the lake and have two double beds, a comfortable bedroom and sitting area.
Satellite TV in all rooms, including NFL Sunday Ticket for our football season guests.

Wireless Internet Access

The large deck on the second floor overlooking Lake Independence is available for all and has abundant tables and umbrellas.

One of the first floor suites contains a bay window which was formerly the ticket office for the train station. Stop in the office to see pictures of the original station and learn a little history of the building and the area.

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The Big Bay Depot Motel has a new 32 foot long dock on Lake Independence with a bench on the end for sitting. Dock your boat, fish, sun, or relax and enjoy the view. Lake Independence is great for fishing, boating and water sports so bring your boat or rent one nearby. Boat launch next door.
Big Bay Depot Waterfront lodging on Lake Independence

The grounds in front of the depot have grills and picnic tables. After a busy day, relax outside and enjoy cooking your dinner on the grill, perhaps your catch of the day. Groceries, meat and your favorite beverages are available across the road at Crams General Store. Fish are available in the lake. If you do not feel like cooking, restaurants are within walking distance.

The suites and the grounds of the Big Bay Depot Motel have the little touches that make the Big Bay Depot a very comfortable place to stay.

Children and Pets Welcome.

Recreation in Big Bay

Big Bay is one of the best 4 season outdoor recreational areas. Fishing is spectacular on Lake Independence and Lake Superior. Nearby streams are filled with trout.

To the west of Big Bay is the McCormick Tract, a half-million acres of land for public use with non-motorized vehicles.

This land is criss-crossed with logging trails that make it ideal for mountain bikes, hikers, climbers, cross country skiers and snowshoers.

Big Bay Depot Lodge on Lake Independence

ATVS are also welcome here on the many logging trails outside of the wilderness and on the old train track bed coming into Big Bay. Local tour guides are available for all your sports interests.

The color season must be called a "colorama" with all the hardwoods in the wilderness area. The breathtaking colors must be seen to be believed. Bring your camera! Late September and the first week of October are usually the peak times for color, but the trees are stunning throughout most of September. Call us at 1-906-345-9350 for daily reports on the color.

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Fall color in Big Bay MI

Hunting is great for deer and bear and winter brings an incredible amount of lake effect snow that falls almost daily. This is considered real snowmobile country and the local trails connect to the 2,500 miles of trails crossing back and forth throughout the Upper Peninsula. Snowmobile rentals in Big Bay.

Easy Trail Access from the Big Bay Depot Motel with lots of room to park your trailers.

Ice fishing produces plentiful catches of perch and northerns. Back country skiing and snowshoeing let you move quietly through the massive forests, giving you the opportunity to see the deer, foxes, rabbits and other non-hibernating animals. You might even see a moose.

Come enjoy the incredible world of Big Bay
and make the Big Bay Depot Lodge your headquarters for a grand vacation.

Call 906-345-9350 for reservations.
or E-mail:
MasterCard, Visa and Discover accepted. Make your reservations as early as possible.

Children and Pets are very welcome.


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Big Bay MI motels & suites on Lake Independence. Open year round.