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BOWLING: BLACK BEAR LANES at Konteka in White Pine, MI, just 6 miles south of Silver City. 8 lanes with open bowling. The Black Bear Bar is open from 11 am to midnight serving your favorite beverages.
Caledonia Mine, private rock and mineral collecting at the Caledonia Mine, Mass City, MI near Ontonagon for the rock collector or geologist. Collect samples of copper, silver, datolite, calcite, epidote, quartz, and feldspar. Knowledgeable staff will help with techniques and identification of finds in your private ore pile. Seller of Michigan copper specimens and ores. Packages of rocks, minerals, and fossils along with a wide selection of books available at Gitche Gumee Landing, 202 Ontonagon Street, Ontonagon, MI. Phone: 906-884-6618
CAMPING and CAMPGROUNDS
CANOE, KAYAK, and MOUNTAIN BIKE RENTALS at the Concession Store in the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park from May 15th through October 15th. Phone 906-885-5612. Located at the entrance to the Union Bay campground area on M-107 on the east side of the Park, and they also provide shuttle service to all areas in the park and canoe livery to rivers and streams suitable for canoeing. Firewood and ice for sale.
Equipment, Gear, and Supplies
GOLFING: Ontonagon Golf Course, 19906 Firesteel Road, Onyonagon. 9 holes. Club rental, showers, and Pro Shop. Phone: 906-884-4130
HUNTING: Lots of public land in the Porkies and the Ottawa National Forest for great hunting opportunities for deer, bear, small game, and birds.
MOUNTAIN BIKING. Bike the back roads in Ontonagon County, trails in the Ottawa National Forest, or there are 5 trails in the Porcupine Mountains State Park. Bring your own bike or rentals available at the Concession Stand in the Park. Phone: 906-885-5612 for information.
Old Victoria Restoration, Victoria Dam Road, 4 miles southwest of Rockland. Take a guided tour through the restored hand-hewn log cabins that were built about 1899 to house the miners at the Victoria Copper Mine. Open Memorial Day through October 8th from 10:30 to 5:30 daily. Small admission charge. Enjoy coffee and cinnamon rolls cooked on the old wood stove at the Arts and Crafts show, the third Sunday in August and storytelling and music on Log Cabin Day. Phone: 906-884-4941.
ONTONAGON COUNTY HISTORICAL MUSEUM & GIFT SHOP, 422 River Street, Ontonagon. (906) 884-6165. Open Year Round from 10 am to 5 pm. Sunday from 12 noon to 4 pm from July 1 through Labor Day Weekend. The purple museum building houses collections of mining, logging, farming, marine, and social memorabilia, displayed in room settings and cases. 5th Order Fresnel Lens from the Ontonagon Lighthouse is on display at the Museum. The Gift Shop features a nice selection of nautical and lighthouse gifts, books, apparel, plus a variety of other items. Stop here to arrange your tour of the Ontonagon Lighthouse
Ontonagon Lighthouse. Open for tours Monday through Saturday at 11am, 2pm, & 4pm and at 2 pm on Sunday during the summer or by appointment. Stop by the Ontonagon Historical Museum to start your tour. The 39' lighthouse tower is open for climbing and offers a wonderful view of the area. The first lighthouse was built in 1851-52 and replaced by this cream brick building in 1866. Replaced in 1963 by the West Pier Light that is visible from the Lighthouse Tower.
Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, 60,000 acres of wilderness on the shores of Lake Superior. Hiking, backpacking, mountain biking, fishing, hunting, canoeing, photography, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, wildlife viewing, and outstanding scenery. Rustic and modern campgrounds. Map of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park
Red Metal Minerals, located at Gitche Gumee Landing, carries a large variety of copper, datolite, and local specimens, as well as minerals from around the world. Included are many unusual gift items such as agate slabs and bookends of all sorts. Spectacular mineral specimens for the serious collector and anyone who enjoys the beauty of Mother Nature. Variety of books written on the history and geology of copper mining in the Keweenaw Peninsula. 202 Ontonagon Street, Ontonagon, MI 49553. Phone 906-884-6618.
Rockland Historical Museum is located 12 miles south of Ontonagon on US-45 in the village of Rockland, MI. Open 11:30 am to 4:30 pm, Memorial Day through Color Season. Unique collection of artifacts dating fron 3000 B.C. (prehistoric mining hammers) to the early 1900's.
SKIING: Downhill skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing at the Porcupine Mountains ski Area. Equipment rentals.
SNOWMOBILING: Hundreds of miles of groomed trails for snowmobilers to enjoy including the Bill Nicholls Trail from Mass City to Houghton through outstanding scenery. Connecting trails lead throughout the entire Upper Peninsula
SWIMMING BEACH, PICNIC AREA, AND PLAYGROUND at the Ontonagon Township Park on Lake Superior for day use and camping. 1 mile northeast of Ontonagon on Houghton Street. One mile of sandy public beach for sunning, swimming, or a little rock picking. Take a walk along the beach and enjoy the sunset and the view of the Porkies. Picnic tables, fire pits, and a playground for the kids.
Stop at the Ontonagon Museum or the Visitor Center in the Porkies for information on visiting these waterfalls.
Winter in the Porkies. Downhill and Cross-Country Skiing, Snowshoeing, and Snowmobiling. Rental Shop at the Ski Hill in the Porcupine Mountains State Park. Phone: 908-884-5275
River Road RV Park, Campground, and Bunkhouse. 600 River Road, Ontonagon, MI 49953. Phone: 906-884-4600. Year Round camping by the Ontonagon River. 30 full hookups, pull through sites, and tent sites. Cable TV, Shower Room with hot showers and heated floor, Dump station, Laundry Room, Playground, and a Bunk House that sleeps up to 8 guests “dorm style”. Located only 15 minutes from the Porcupine Mountains State Park.
NEW: Union River Campground is located on the Union River at the eastern edge of the Porcupine Mountains State Park. 42 wooded sites with water and electric and 8 large pull-through sites. Modern shower house. 15 miles west of Ontonagon. Lake Superior sand beach across the road. Union River Campground, 35653 State Highway M107. Phone: 906-869-2635
Baraga and L'Anse: 42 miles east of Ontonagon on Highway M-38.
Photos: Mary Deloria. Bonanza Falls by Donina Grunberg
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