Recreation and Attractions
in the Iron Mountain, MI Area.

Things to See and Do in
This Four Season Vacationland

Travel information Dickinson County Mi


Enjoy the many attractions and recreational opportunities the Iron Mountain and Kingsford area of Dickinson County in the Central Upper Peninsula has to offer.

Art Shows

  • "Art For All," Last Saturday in June. Annual Juried Art Show at City Park in Iron Mountain.

Cornish Pumping Engine at the Iron Mining Museum, Kent Street, Iron Mountain MI, 49801. Phone 906-774-1086. The Cornish Pump was used to dewater the Chapin Iron Mine, considered one of the greatest iron mines in the world. The Cornish Pump was featured in the History Channel's Modern Marvels Series on the World's Biggest Machines. The huge Cornish Pump is a National Historic Site, National Historic Mechanical Engineering Landmark, and a Michigan Historic Civil Engineering Landmark. The 725-ton Cornish Pump was capable of pumping 3,400 gallons per minute.

Cross-Country Ski Trails in the Upper Peninsula, Mountain Biking and Hiking in the summer.

Equipment Sales
Iron Mountain Powersports/Ride North Sales of snowmobiles. Open Tuesday through Saturday. Iron Mountain Powersports, 1804 N Stephenson Ave, Iron Mountain, MI.49801. Phone: 906-779-1720.

Fall Color Tours in the Upper Peninsula

Fumee Falls on Highway US-2 at the roadside park in Quinnesec
4 miles east of Iron Mountain. Picnic tables, water, & toilets.

Fumee Lake Natural Area, 2 miles east of Quinnesec on US-2, 1 mile north on Upper Pine Creek Road. A natural area with two lakes providing 5 miles of shoreline and 11 miles of trails for hiking, biking, and cross-country skiing. No motors are permitted in this beautiful 1,808 acre wooded area home to a wide variety of birds and plants.

Glider Display at the Iron Mining Museum, Kent Street, Iron Mountain MI 49801. Phone 906-774-1086. During World War II, more Waco CG-4A gliders were built at the Ford plant in neighboring Kingsford MI than anywhere else in North America. The museum display features a video showing the manufacturing of the gliders at the Ford plant, photos, newspaper articles and a model of the CG-13 glider. Newly restored World War II Waco CG-4A is on display in our Glider Museum, located behind the Mining Museum.

The Historic Immaculate Conception Church, 506 Blaine, Iron Mountain, MI. Led by a dynamic priest, in 1902 the members of this Italian parish built a magnificent church in just 5 months at a cost of only $4,000. Many of the builders were iron miners who donated hours of work after a long day in the local mines. Stop and enjoy our newly constructed Chlostro (courtyard) outside the church, similar to many churches in Italy. This historic church is listed on the state and national registers of historic places.

Hunting Wild Turkeys in the Upper Peninsula

Iron Mining Museum and Gift Shop, Kent Street, Iron Mountain MI, 49801. Phone 906-774-1086. The museum contains 3 primary exhibits: the Cornish Pump, the largest steam-driven pumping engine in the United States; a large Exhibit on the Waco CG-4A Cargo Gliders built during World War II at the nearby Kingsford MI Ford Motor Plant; the largest collection of underground mining equipment on display in Michigan.

Iron Mountain Iron Mine Tour and Rock Shop. Guided tour of the old Iron Mountain Iron Mine where iron ore was mined from 1870 until 1945. Ride the train 2600' through lighted ancient rock formations followed by a short walk to the large underground cavern created by years of mining.  Large Gift/ Rock Shop open daily.  Mining Museum. Late May through mid-October. Located 9 miles east of Iron Mountain at W4852 Hwy US 2, Vulcan, MI. Watch for Big John, a 40’ miner welcoming you.  Phone: (906) 563-8077

Iron Mountain Powersports/Ride North is a full service dealer offering sales, certified service, and parts in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Sales of boats, pontoons, motors, ATV's, UTV's, snowmobiles, and motorcycles. Snowmobile Rental. Iron Mountain Powersports, 1804 N Stephenson Ave, Iron Mountain, MI.49801. Phone: 906-779-1720.

Lake Antoine Park, on the shores of Lake Antoine. Camping, fishing, swimming, boating, picnics, and a playground. Wonderful shallow sandy beach for kids of all ages.

Knuckleheads Kayak Rental. Knuckleheads Kayak Rental is a kayak rental company located in Channing, MI. We offer a variety of kayaking services and rentals to help you explore the natural beauty of the area. Our experienced staff is dedicated to providing you with the best possible experience on the water.

Library: Dickinson County Library. 1 block east of US-2 on Iron Mountain Street. Turn east on A Street or Hughitt Streets. Public Internet Access. Local History & Genealogy Room. Special Events. Phone: 906-774-1218.

Menominee Range Historical Museum. One block east of US-2 on Ludington Street in downtown Iron Mountain. Over 100 dramatic, turn-of-the-century exhibits of life on the Menominee Iron Range. Thousands of artifacts are displayed in authentic settings. Phone: 906-774-4276.

Millie Mine Bat Cave. Home to one of the largest known colonies of hibernating bats in North America, this unique site is 350 feet deep, with a consistent temperature of 40 degrees, just right for the furry little bats that need this place to stay for the winter. Seven species. from 5 states and Canada live here. The bats leave the mine in April and return in September, making these two months the only viewing times. Parking lot, walking path, benches, and informational plaques. FREE. From US-2 in downtown Iron Mountain, take West A Street to Park Aveue and turn left.

Mountain Biking in the U.P. Equipment and Rentals, Trails, Races, Events, Wilderness Rides

Morels, Hunting them in Upper Michigan. Where to find them and how to identify them. Get ready for spring.

Movies: Tri-City Cinema 8. US-2 in Quinnesec, 3 miles east of Iron Mountain. Phone: 906-774-5808

Nicolet National Forest, just 20 miles from Iron Mountain MI in northern Wisconsin. Four seasons of recreation may be enjoyed in the Nicolet - hiking, camping, biking, fishing, swimming, canoeing, bird watching, horseback riding, berry picking, hunting, cross country skiing, snowshoeing and snowmobiling. The Nicolet contains Whisker Lake Wilderness, over 7,500 acres of remote dedicated wilderness with walk in camping, fishing and canoeing. The Nicolet is not heavily used and offers a real opportunity to "get away from it all". Enjoy your wilderness experience, then return to comfortable lodging, fine dining and interesting things to do in Iron Mountain. Several Rustic Camp Grounds a few miles southwest of Iron Mountain.

Parks in Dickinson County:
Lake Antoine Park, on the shores of Lake Antoine. Camping, fishing, swimming, boating, picnics, and a playground. Wonderful shallow sandy beach for kids of all ages. Small fee for the yearly park permit.
Marion Park- Norway. On US-8 in Norway. Picnic area, grills, swings, bathrooms, pavilion, tennis court, & horseshoe court. Golf course and driving range with a club house serving food and beverages.
Iron Mountain City Park

Picnic area, grills, playground, tennis courts, walking trails, soccer field, bocce courts, and a large deer pen. Look for the albino deer born the spring of 2008. Enclosed log pavillion can be rented for special events. Contact the Iron Mountain City Hall at 906-774-9051 for information. Groomed cross -country ski trails and sledding hill.

From US-2, turn West on "A" Street. City Park is at the end of "A" Street in Iron Mountain, MI

Pine Mountain Music Festival, Opera, Symphony, and Chamber Music. June-July. Performances in Iron Mountain, Crystal Falls, and Norway, MI. Tickets and Information: 1-877-PINE-999.

Rafting at Piers Gorge with Northwoods Adventures Rafting Outfitters. Exciting whitewater rafting trips at Piers Gorge on the Menominee River. Our experienced guides will take you on a safe and thrilling adventure. US Coast Guard approved life jackets and helmets provided. Rafting adventures leave from the True North Outpost,  W5786 Old Piers Gorge Road. Norway, MI. 49870. Phone 906-563-5450 for reservations or walk-ins welcome. Rental cabins available on the Menomuinee River.

Rafting at Rafting at Wildman Adventure Resort in Athelstane, WI. Whitewater rafting on the Roaring Rapids of the Peshtigo River near Crivitz, WI or Piers Gorge on the Menominee River near Niagara, WI. Canoe and kayak trips. Camping and cabins

Pier's Gorge

Located on the Menominee River
Just west of Highway 8 between Norway Michigan and Niagara Wisconsin.

Watch for the signs by the bridge. 

Hiking trails and beautiful scenery
Exciting whitewater rafting.

One of the most challenging sections of whitewater in the Midwest, the Menominee River drops down a 10' waterfall and tumbles wildly through canyon walls. A nature trail offers great views of the falls for hikers, photographers, and rock hounds. Rafting at Piers Gorge at Thornton's Resort, Northwoods Adventures, and Wildman Ranch .

Rainbow's End Alpacas is located in Norway, MI in the south central Upper Peninsula. Stop by and take a tour of the Alpaca Farm and see these interesting animals. Fun for the whole family. Rainbow Gifts offers items created with alpaca fleece as well as a large selection of yarn, needles, and patterns. Supplies for knitting, crocheting, and spinning. A great spot for a special event. Alpacas for sale. Rainbow's End Alpacas, W6139 US 2, Norway, MI 49870 Phone: 906-563-7034

Ski Jumping at the Pine Mountain Ski Jumping Complex, Iron Mountain, Michigan. Continental Cup Jumping. Giant Pine is one of the highest artificial ski jumps in the world. The Current Hill Record was set at the World Cup Competition in 1996 by Masahiko Harada with a jump of 459 feet (140 meters). Every year in mid February, ski jumpers from all over the world gather at Pine Mountain to challenge the hill and try to break the North American Record. Drive to the top of Pine Mountain to see the jump year-round and imagine the thrill of ski jumping.

Ski jumping at Pine Mountain through the eyes of first graders.

Ski Jumping North American Records set at Pine Mountain, Iron Mountain, Michigan. Since 1939 the U.S. ski jump distance record has been tied or changed hands 16 times at Pine Mountain, the king of American jumping hills.

Snowmobile Trails in the Upper Peninsula. Mountain Biking and Hiking in the summer.

Thornton's Rafting Resort, Campground, and Cabins. W12882 Parkway Road, Athelstane, WI 54104. Phone: 715-757-3311. Most thrilling, challenging Whitewater Rafting in the Midwest on the Roaring Rapids section of the Peshtigo River and Piers Gorge on the Menominee River, a Class IV Rapids. Rafting trips daily from April through October. Smooth water trips. Funyaks. Volleyball, Paintball, Fishing, Swimming, Biking, and Hiking. Guided Kayak Tours. Campground with wooded electric and water sites and 2 bedroom cabins with complete kitchens. Cabins open year round for snowmobiling, ice fishing, and snowshoeing.

Waterfalls in Dickinson County: Fumee Falls is located on Highway US-2 on the north side of the highway between Iron Mountain and Norway. A lovely spot for a picnic.

Waterfalls of Northeastern Marinette County, the Waterfall Capital of Wisconsin. These waterfalls also provide some of the finest whitewater rafting in the Midwest. Most of the waterfalls are in the Crivitz, Amberg and Pembine recreational areas, although there are a few in Florence County. Marinette County is located just south of the towns of Iron Mountain & Norway. Some are only a short stroll, while others require a bit of a hike.

Water Ski Show: BADWATER SKI-TERS Water Ski Show, Vagabond Park, Menominee River, Spread Eagle, Wisconsin, 5 miles from Iron Mountain, Michigan. Shows Wednesday and Sunday from mid-June through Labor Day. Check our schedule for information. from Watch awesome skiing and daring jumping. Enjoy amazing barefooting, the ballet line, swivel skiing, strap doubles, pyramids, trick skiing, jumping acts, plus much more. Our Park Rangers are back taking care of the park and are as goofy as ever. Concession stand. Always Fun! Always Free!

Whitewater Rafting on the Roaring Rapids of the Peshtigo River or Piers Gorge on the Menominee River, a Class IV Rapids at Thornton's Rafting Resort, Wildman Adventure Resort, and Northwoods Adventures

Wilderness Shores, 27 wilderness recreation areas where visitors can explore a variety of memorable outdoor experiences; fishing, camping, hiking, canoeing, hunting, skiing . . . . a nature-watcher's paradise.

Wildman Adventure Resort, N12080 Allison Lane, Athelstane, WI 54104. Phone 715-757-2938. Whitewater Rafting in northeastern Wisconsin on the Roaring Rapids of the Peshtigo River and Piers Gorge on the Menominee River.Snowmobile Trail Tours, High Ropes Courses,Golfing, Paintball, Zipline, Rock Climbing & Rappelling, StandUp Paddle Board Trips, and a Kayak Lake Tour.

Wild Rivers Interpretive Center, Jct. US-2 & 70 Florence, Wisconsin. Phone: (715) 528-5377. Educational displays include an albino deer, timber wolf, other wildlife. View the Logging camp exhibits show from the past to the future of forest management. Locate places of interest on the 75-mile regional map. Information available about the Nicolet National Forest. Nature related gifts, books, posters, photos, post cards, maps, and tapes. Many maps and informational brochures are free of charge. Information and maps available about the Nicolet National Forest. One acre off-leash Bark Park with water available.

WINERY: 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 S 232 Menominee Street, Stephenson, MI 49887, one block west of Highway US-41. Phone: 906-753-6000


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