big bay mi in the upper peninsula

 Exploring Big Bay,

23 miles north of
Marquette in the beautiful
Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Big Bay Lodging and other Businesses


Big Bay is 23 miles northwest of Marquette near Lake Superior and Lake Independence, surrounded by water and wilderness. The town of Big Bay is situated on Lake Independence, with Lake Superior to the north and east and the McCormick Wilderness Tract and the Huron Mountains to the west. Big Bay is one of our finest 4 season recreational areas.

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The McCormick tract is 16,850 acres of wilderness with 18 small lakes and the Yellow Dog Wild and Scenic River. There are many trails and paths through the wilderness for hiking, back country skiing and snowshoeing. Enjoy the solitude in this undisturbed woodlands setting.

This is a fishing paradise with walleye, northerns, small mouth bass and yellow perch in Lake Independence, local streams and rivers full of trout and lake trout fishing on Lake Superior. Guides available for the remote inland lakes. Excellent ice-fishing. The state record yellow perch was caught in Lake Independence.

Enjoy Boating, water-skiing, swimming, and fishing on Lake Independence.

The Big Bay area is a great place for Mountain Bikes and ATVs. There are trails everywhere through the woods and in the Escanaba River State Forest.

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This is moose country, take a ride through the woods to see if you can spot a moose. Moose are most likely to be seen in the early morning and evening when they come down to the lakeshore to drink.

In the fall, come for our outstanding color season. The flaming maples, oaks and other hardwoods make a perfect backdrop for the calm waters of the inland lakes.

Late in the fall, there is excellent hunting for partridge, squirrel, deer and bear.

Big Bay receives an amazing amount of lake effect snow and is located on the 2,500 miles of snowmobile trails connecting the entire Upper Peninsula. Enjoy cross-country skiing, snowsnoeing, and ice fishing.

Big Bay Pointe Lighthouse

Located on Lake Superior, 23 miles northwest of Marquette. This light was established in 1896 and automated in 1945. The Big Bay Pointe Lighthouse is now privately owned, but may be viewed from the road.

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