Lodging, Businesses, and Visitor Information

Escanaba and Gladstone, MI and
Little Bay de Noc on Lake Michigan in Delta County

The towns of Escanaba and Gladstone are harbor towns located along the shores of Lake Michigan on Little Bay de Noc in the Central Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Enjoy beautiful waterfront parks, swimming beaches, outstanding fishing, full service marinas, interesting places to visit, historic buildings, museums, fine restaurants, shopping, and great recreational opportunities.


Lodging, Real Estate, Rafting, Art Galleries, and Recreation near Escanaba and Gladstone MI

The Blue House on the Lake Vacation Home is located 13 miles north of Escanaba with 250’ of waterfront on Little Bay de Noc (Lake Michigan).  The home has 2 bedrooms, a wood-burning fireplace, and a complete kitchen with a dishwasher. Wi-Fi.  Easy ATV and snowmobile Trail access. Pet Friendly. Blue House on the Lake, 7451 24.75 Lane, Gladstone, MI 49838. Phone: 906-286-1787.  

Family Fun Park is a wonderful spot for the whole family to try out our fun activities.  Drive a Go-Kart on our banked track or cool off on a Kamikaze Bumper Boat ride in our pool.  We offer Adventure Golf with waterfalls and other hazards, Batting Cages for batting practice in a netted area with pitching machines, and Bank-Shot Basketball. Lots of fun for everyone. Open at noon during the summer months.  Located just 2 blocks from Highways US-2 & US-41. Family Fun Park, 2929 3rd Ave. North,  Escanaba, MI 49829. Phone: (906) 789-9386

Hospital: OSF St. Francis Hospital, 3401 Ludington Street, Escanaba, MI 49829. Phone: 906-786-3311

The Markell Company: Roofing: Commercial & Residential; Custom Sheet Metal Fabrication; Commercial Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning; Commercial Kitchen Hoods; Dust and Fume Exhaust Systems; and Brick Restoration & Waterproofing for the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Northern Wisconsin at The Markell Company, 1227 S. Milwaukee Avenue, Iron Mountain, MI. Phone (906) 774-0240 or Toll Free: 1-888-799-0240.

Rafting at the Sturgeon River with Northwoods Adventures in Iron Mountain, Michigan. Located at the corner of M-95 & US-2 on the north side of Iron Mountain, Northwoods Adventures offers several rafting trips daily. Experienced rafting guides. All equipment provided. Call to schedule a thrilling ride down these exciting rapids. Northwoods Adventures Rafting Outfitter, N4017 US Highway 2, Iron Mountain, MI 40901. Phone: 906-563-5450

State Wide Real Estate of Escanaba. Phone: 906-786-1308 or toll free: 800-900-0777. Experienced professional realtors since 1958 offering residential, acreage, vacant land, waterfront property on inland lakes, streams, and little By de Noc, income property, commercial, and recreational property in Delta County and the surrounding area. Only office in Escanaba offering Virtual tours. Need land? We offer exclusive corporate land representation of thousands of acres of land for sale. Sellers, our helpful professional staff will handle all the details and assist you in selling your property.

New Listing: George Potvin Knife Maker and Blacksmith, located at Ten Mile Creek Forge, Pottery, Lighting, and Irish/Celtic Gift Shop in Bark River, Michigan, offers completely handmade hunting knives with sheaths. George creates several patterns of Damascus, also utilizing titanium and other high carbon steel for blades. Classes, custom work, hand-scrimshaw, repairs and sharpening available.  The Gift Shop offers a surprising array of creative and beautiful gifts, many created by 30 juried local artists and some from around the world. Choose from pottery, paintings, photography, stone lampshades, jewelry, glass items, local jams and maple syrup, plus much MORE. You will be pleasantly surprised visiting this very unique and beautiful Upper Peninsula Gallery and Shop! Ten Mile Creek Forge and Gift Shop, 1691 17th Road, Bark River, MI 49807. Phone: 906 466-2276

Threefold Vine Winery has relocated to Menominee County in the southern Upper Peninsula. Wine made from grapes grown in the Upper Peninsula? Yes, right at the Threefold Vine Winery in Stephenson, Michigan. Our Tasting Room at the Winery offers grape (from our vineyard) apple, honey, and various fruit wines. The Green family invites you to visit our winery, see how the wine is produced, and sample our exciting new wines. The Winery and Tasting Room is located in the historic bank building at S232 Menominee Street, Stephenson, MI 49887, one block west of Highway US-41. Phone: 906-753-6000 

The Village Artisans of Garden is a delightful Art Gallery filled with fine arts and crafts created by Upper Peninsula Artists. Enjoy the beautiful paintings, photography, pottery, weaving, jewelry, fabrics, metal creations, wood turning, baskets, glass blowing, stained glass, home made jams, interesting books, plus much more. The Garden Art Gallery is open daily from Mid-May through September. . Located between Escanaba and Manistique, 8 miles south of US-2. Turn south at Garden Corners on Highway M-183 to the town of Garden, Michigan. Phone 906-644-2025.

Exploring Escanaba Michigan in Delta County

Escanaba was founded in the mid 1800's along the shores of Lake Michigan and was an important rail and shipping center for lumber and iron ore. Ships can often be seen in port loading and unloading their cargo.

Iron ore (taconite) from the Tilden and Empire Mines near Negaunee is loaded on the Mesabi Miner (photo of left), one of the 1000' ore boats sailing the Great Lakes.

Escanaba Attractions:

William Bonifas Fine Arts Center, 700 1st Avenue South, Escanaba, MI 49829. Phone: (906) 786-3833. Gallery open Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sun 1-4.

Drive east on Ludington Street and you will Ludington Park, the Delta County Historical Museum, and the Sand Point Lighthouse. Ludington Park offers a beautiful parkway with a harbor, sand swimming beach with bathhouse, playground, band shell, tennis courts, full service marina, tennis courts, and 5 miles of paved pathways for walking and biking. Shopping and fine restaurants are nearby.

Delta County Historical Museum in Ludington Park by the Sand Point Lighthouse.

Visit exhibits on logging, shipping, and the railroad industries which were important to the growth of Escanaba.

The Museum is open from June1 through September 1. Phone: 906-786-3428

Scuba divers enjoy diving to the sunken ship Nahant, at the green buoy marker north of the lighthouse. Artifacts from the Nahant are in the Lighthouse and the rudder is by the Historical Museum.

Sand Point Lighthouse in Ludington Park, Escanaba, MI. Open June through September. Mary Terry, one of the first women Lighthouse Keepers on the Great Lakes, kept this light from 1868 to 1886. Phone (906) 786-3763

The Archives Building is located between the Sand Point Lighthouse and the Historical Museum and is open Monday through Friday from 1 to 5 or by appointment. 906-786-3428

Escanaba has beautiful turn of the-century homes, public buildings, and churches.
Old City Hall
South 11th Street and
Second Avenue South
Old Carnegie Library
Private Home Across
from Bonifas Art Center
Methodist Church
2nd Avenue South
at 12th Street

Nearby Attractions

Peninsula Point Lighthouse Tower at the tip of the Stonington Peninsula offers an awesome view of Lake Michigan and the western shoreline. Climb the iron spiral staircase to the top of the 40' tower. The Minneapolis Shoal Light, 6 miles offshore, can be seen on a clear day. Picnic grounds. Monarch Butterfly Migration in mid-fall and warbler migration in the spring.

Fayette State Park and Historic Village is located on Snail Shell Harbor in the Garden Peninsula. Phone: (906) 644-2603. Once the site of the Upper Peninsula's most productive iron-smelting operations. 20 structures remain. Visitor Center, exhibits, and walking tours of the park.

The Island Resort Casino is south of Escanaba on US-2.

Recreational Opportunities abound in the woods and waters of Delta County

Surrounded by the Escanaba River State Forest and the Hiawatha National Forest, Delta County has abundant public lands for everyone to enjoy. Try your luck fishing on Big and Little Bay-de-Noc, the site of championship fishing tournaments or fish the inland lakes and streams. Charter Fishing trips and equipment rentals available. Spend some time fishing, canoeing, or kayaking on the Escanaba, Ford, Sturgeon, or Whitefish Rivers or go boating and swimming at area beaches.

Golfers will have a great day on the several area golf courses. Delta County offers hiking and biking trails, berry picking, wildlife viewing, antique hunting, exploring, and just relaxing.

Winter offers snowmobiling, groomed cross-country ski trails, ice fishing, and snowshoeing. The Gladstone Sports Park offers downhill skiing, tubing, and snowboarding. Groomed snowmobile trails connect to the trail system that crosses the entire Upper Peninsula.

Escanaba experiences a milder climate than most of the Upper Peninsula and you will find area farmers producing fine fruits and vegetables with many farmers growing organic produce.

Escanaba is the site of the Upper Peninsula State Fair in Mid-August

Visit Delta County Michigan and enjoy the Upper Peninsula State Fair in August, the Waterfront Art Festival, as well as arts and crafts shows, festivals, fishing tournaments, summer band concerts, special events, attractions, and numerous recreational opportunities that the Escanaba and Gladstone area has to offer.

 

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