Bound by 4 of the 5 Great Lakes and Lake Saint Clair, Michigan has more than 3,200 miles of shoreline and 11,000 inland lakes - an incredible opportunity for boating, fishing and hanging out by the beach. Boaters can enjoy 1,300 public access sites; the region is an ideal place to enjoy boating, sailing and canoeing. Try charter fishing, sport fishing or a leisurely day along the banks to catch lake trout, brown trout, walleye, salmon, steelhead and bass. With more than 1,300 miles of bike trails, experience the shorelines, beach towns, inland lakes and creeks, and the sandstone cliffs in the Upper Peninsula. For motorized off-roading, there is a an extensive 3,100 mile trail/route system for motorcycles, ATVs, ORVs and scramble areas. Hunters will find big and small game, upland game bird and plentiful waterfowl. Winter will bring some of the best skiing in the Midwest, with more than 40 downhill ski resorts, and there are more than 6,000 miles of groomed snowmobile trails.
City of Marquette (pop. 20,000) The Marquette area offers: 11 hiking trails; 96 miles of cross country ski trails; 500 miles of snowmobile trails; 11 accessible waterfalls; and about 10 miles of city bike paths. Other attractions include Presque Isle Park, a 328-acre peninsula park that showcases the Black Rocks the oldest exposed rock formation in North America as well as Hiking / Ski trails, and an occasional whitetail deer. Marquette Mountain showcases downhill skiing and snowboarding on one of the longest vertical runs in the Midwest and of course Lake Superior?s 1100 miles of scenic shoreline offers pastimes such as sailing, diving, fishing and swimming.
Everybody?s talking about Marquette County & the Upper Peninsula of Michigan!
Accolades & Awards?
Outdoor Life Magazine named the city of Marquette as number seven of the 200 Best Places to Live. Recognized as the source for hunting and fishing adventure, the magazine ranked the top towns for hunters and anglers to live.
Michigan Sportsman Magazine names the Marquette area first in a list of the "Best Family Fishing Getaways? 2008.
Progressive Farmer names Marquette County as one of the Top 10 Midwest Rural Communities to live in 2008.
Coastal Living Magazine names the U.P. as one of the Top 10 Coastal Wildlife Hotspots 2008.
On NBC's Today Show Matt Lauer & Peter Greenberg discuss the Best Places to See Fall Color in the U.S. and name the Upper Peninsula first 2007!!!
The Weather Channel names the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as a Top 10 Winter Family Getaway 2008.
America's Promise Alliance names Marquette and Alger Counties among the "100 Best Communities for Young People" for the third year in a row 2008!
Sherman?s Travel named Michigan?s Upper Peninsula one of the top ten global summer vacation destinations in 2006.
Men?s Journal, 2006, named the Upper Peninsula one of the best places to buy vacation property.
Author John Villani named Marquette one of America?s 100 Best Art Towns in 2005.
Bike Magazine rated Marquette in the top five best places to mountain bike in the country in 2003 and 2005.
On June 14th, 2003, the National Civic League announced Marquette County, Michigan, as one of ten All-American Cities at the 54th Annual All-America City Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. The All-America City Award is a 54-year-old program of the National Civic League recognizing civic excellence, and it annually honors 10 communities that best exemplify the spirit of grassroots citizen involvement.
On April 12th, 2004 Marquette County was named one of the 30 Most Livable Communities in USA Today by the Partners for Livable Communities, a non-profit group that identifies what it calls the nation's most livable places every decade.
On July 17th, 2007 USA Today featured the Upper Peninsula of Michigan as an area where home sales are vibrant. The Upper Peninsula is enjoying increased tourism and a resurgence of activity in mining and logging. Housing activity is greatest in and around Marquette, the largest city in the Upper Peninsula, in part because it's close to good skiing in the winter and Lake Superior for water sports during the summer.