Michigan Vacation In Iron County Michigan Located In The Upper Peninsula

Don't think that Michigan is only worth while during the winter months. Michigan getaways can be taken year round. Come enjoy a weekend at Anderson Lake Lodge in July on the sandy shoreline or try water skiing on one of the nearby beautiful lakes. Your kids will love building sandcastles on the shore and wading in the warm water.  The lakes offer many different activities to satisfy anyone staying at the beautiful Michigan Lodge. Fishing is one of the most popular pass-times for Michigan tourists. Here you can reel in Trout, Walleye, Northern Pike, or panfish.

Michigan Wildlife Is Abundant!

Bird Watching:
There are many different species of birds that inhabit the county.  From blue jays to cardinals, mourning doves to sandpipers, bird watchers have a field day spotting what’s living here.  And of course, sightings of ospray, bald eagles, blue haren, hawks and turkey vultures are an extra special treat!

You can expect the weather to be ideal for summer activities.  Highs in the 60’s to 80’s on a regular basis and bright blue skies.  Iron River Weather Forecast

Michigan ORV, ATV & OHV Trails

ATV Trails:
Imagine an ATV trip and only having to unload your ATV once!  That is all it takes when you stay at Anderson Lake Lodge.  The endless ATV trails of Iron County & Upper Peninsula are accessible right beyond the entrance gate to this 350 acre property.  Don’t worry about hearing other ATV enthusiasts while you are relaxing at the lodge because acres and acres of property lie between the Lodge and the trail system.

ATV travelers enjoy Iron County, Michigan, because it has so many wide-open spaces. The premier trail is from Iron River west to Marenisco, about 67 miles, but there are access trails all through the county that can get travelers to shops, convenience stores, fueling stations and dining locations.

Click Here For: Iron County ATV Trail Maps & Upper Peninsula OHV/ATV Trail Map

ATV travelers to Iron County will enjoy the wilderness areas, including the Ottawa National Forest, which makes up the western half of the county. Along the way, a traveler should not be surprised to meet up with a deer, a fox, or any of the many types of animal inhabitants that call Iron County home. ATV travelers can also come in contact with one of the many picturesque rivers that are found in Iron County, from the Brule River on the southern border to the Paint River which runs through the middle of the county. The county can be the ideal location for sight-seers who have an interest in the flora and the fauna.  As one of the four border counties to Wisconsin, Iron County is an entry-way to the Upper Peninsula. The Upper Peninsula was selected as one of the Top Ten Summer Destinations in the world in 2007.  That's because the people are friendly, and there's something for everyone from the casual traveler to the person on a mission.  Michigan offers many trail riding opportunities. Michigan's public Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) trail/route system provides four types of riding opportunities: motorcycle trails, all terrain vehicle (ATV) trails, ORV routes which are open to ORVs of all sizes including Secretary of State licensed vehicles, and scramble areas.

The ORV trail/route system covers 3,200 miles with 73% on state forests. Of the system, 30% is cycle trail, 50% is ATV trail and 20% is route. In the Upper Peninsula, it is legal for ORVs to operate on state forest roads as well as the designated trail system, unless a specific state forest road is posted closed to ORV use. Trails are lightly groomed and riders are likely to encounter narrow sand trails, rough moguls, steep hills, stumps, rocks, brush, loose surfaces and other hazards.

Michigan Golf

Iron County is a golfer’s paradise.  There are three golf courses to enjoy in Iron County and another 90 holes within a 40 minute drive.  George Young Golf Course is a championship course, 7,100 yards long on the shores of Chicaugon Lake.  Iron River Country Club is a 9 hole course south of Iron River.  Crystal View 9 hole golf course offers challenging, hilly terrain.

More Information: Golf Courses in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula & Wisconsin 

Walking, Biking & Hiking Trails
Apple Blossom Trail:  The 2 mile walking-biking trail goes from Caspian (near the museum) to Iron River (near the Chamber of Commerce).  It travels along the Iron River and near the site of the original railroad line that carried iron ore from the area.  The site of Harvey Mellen’s discovery of iron ore in 1851 is on the route.  At the time, there was only one settler in the area. 

Paint River Walk:  As one crosses the M69 bridge in Crystal Falls, the Paint River walk on the north side of the road draws attention for its beauty and connection to nature. 

Hagerman-Ottawa Lake Bike & Hike Trail:  There are several distances available on this Ottawa National Forest bike trail. 

More Iron County Hiking Trails

Michigan Rafting & Kayaking Is Great Family Fun!

River Fun:
Be it a wet and wild afternoon you seek, a cruise down a lazy river or casting a rod and reel under the summer sun, your ideal water adventure awaits you on the Brule River, Iron River, Hemlock Rapids and Paint River.

Canoe, raft & tube rental is available at Ski Brule. 
$25 Canoe or Raft Rental  

Rummage & Antique Sales:
There are “treasures” to be found at rummage and antique sales that occur on a regular basis in Iron River & Crystal Falls.  Diligent shoppers are rewarded with a “special find”.

Berry Picking:
Anderson Lake has an abundance of berries, ready for the picking.  Some pick for pies, others for jams, still others for popping into their mouth and enjoying.  Iron County grows a plethora of wild berries, just waiting to be picked.  During the summer months, different berries including strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries can be found growing along roadsides, near parks, campgrounds, picnic area and at Anderson Lake Lodge for your eating pleasure!

Michigan Fall Color Tours

Color Tours:
There are many who believe that the most picturesque time of year is fall season.  The warm weather is waning, and the forest is beginning to make its transition from bright green to the multi-colors.  An abundance of the tree species provide breathtaking scenery.  Color tour season begins in September.

The Tailings Disc Golf
The Tailings 18-hole disc golf course is ready and waiting for you ar the south end of the Iron River RV Park.  This popular sport is gaining fans galore and the Tailings has been hailed as one of the most unique, challenging and enjoyable courses in the Midwest, combining a variety of terrain features with something extra - a little bit of history of the area, specifically iron ore mining.  Tailings are the 'mountains' left from iron ore extractions.  Mining in the Iron River area begain in the mid 1800's and extended well into the last quarter of the 20th century.  Besides the tailing piles, the area through which the course traverses includes deep water filled pits and stopes, creating a one of a kind landscape for playing.   Anyone may play the course at any time.  Call the Iron County Chamber of Commerece 906-265-3822 for additional information about the course. 

Michigan Campgrounds & Parks

Michigan Parks In Iron County

Pentoga Park:  Iron County enjoys a reputation of having great parks and campgrounds.  Pentoga Park, easily accessible on County Road 424 between Gaastra and Alpha, should be on everyone’s list to visit this summer. The park has a large grassy area, playground, beach, beach house, volleyball nets, horseshoes, shuffle board and campground.  The 1,100 acre Chicaugon Lake is unusually deep (115 feet at the deepest) and becomes an active playground for boaters, water skiers and swimmers.  Fisherman will find bass, muskellunge, lake trout and walleyes throughout the year. 

Small wooden structures known as “spirit houses” - protected historical Indian burial grounds that can be found at Pentoga Park.  The burial grounds of the ancient Ojibwa bands date back to the 1800’s.  The burial grounds were once part of a large Indian Village on the southeastern shore of Chicaugon Lake.  An old Indian trail leads to the Brule River three miles away from the park.

Bachman Park, Iron River:  Located at the Fairgrounds.  Playground equipment, ball fields, tennis & basketball courts.


Hagerman Lake Park:  M73, beach & boat launch.

Holmes Lake Park:  South Federal Forest Hwy 16 on Little Smokey Lake.  Boat landing, beach.

Ice Lake Park, Iron River:  South of US2, sandy beach, playground, swimming.

Nanimo Park, Iron River:  Picnic tables, pavilion, playground.

Nelson Field, Iron River:  Picnic area, playground, lighted tennis courts, basketball courts, baseball field, paved walking track, football field. 

Runkle Lake Park, Crystal Falls:  baseball diamond, tennis courts, sandy beach, swimming.

Stager Lake Park, Mastodon Township:  west of US2 on Stager Lake Road.  Swimming, picnic area.

Sunset Lake Park, Bates Township:  beach, baseball diamond, picnic area.

Glidden Lake, Crystal Falls:  South of M69, swimming

Dawson Lake Park: Mansfield Township:  Off M69, picnic area, swimming. Glidden Lake, Crystal Falls:  South of M69, swimming. Gibson Lake Park:  Just south of Amasa on US141, swimming, pavilion, playground.

Michigan Lakes Are Great Swimming Lakes

Bewabic State Park:  On the shores of Fortune Lake, Bewabic State Park has 137 modern and rustic campsites, tennis court, beach, volleyball and boat launch.  This park is located across US2 from Anderson Lake Lodge.  Bewabic State Park is a 315-acre parcel located within a virgin forest on a chain of lakes that provide prime fishing opportunities. Easily accessed off US-2, this park has over 100 campsites, picnic facilities, and a sandy beach for summer lake fun.  Those visiting in summer can enjoy tennis courts and a sandy swimming beach with modern changing house.  Two playgrounds equipped with swings, slides and other apparatus are available for children. A hiking trail beginning in the campground takes about one hour to hike. The trail will lead you towards the day use area. As you move along the trail, you will find that benches are provided for those who may wish to stop for a moment and enjoy the beauty that surrounds them. Anglers can depend on plenty of perch, bass, bluegills and walleyes to be caught in Fortune Lake. There is a boat launch for those who have their own boat. The day use area is situated on Fortune Lake. A shelter building, equipped with picnic tables, electricity and a fireplace is available for use.  Visitors to Bewabic State Park enjoy lake swimming, tennis, hiking, camping, picnicking and some of Michigan finest fishing opportunities.

Michigan Otters Fishing On Chicaugon Lake

Michigan Wildlife
A great advantage of being in Iron County is the wildlife that can be seen.  Yes, there are deer but Iron County has a lot more than the familiar deer to see. One of the more thrilling sights is a bald eagle flying overhead.  Iron County is considered the “bald eagle capital” because of the prevalence of the majestic bird.  Wild turkeys wander along the side of roads and through open fields.  There are several families of turkeys residing at Anderson Lake Lodge. Occasionally bear are seen crossing the road, dining on choke cherries or wandering through a field. There are martens and fishers to be found.  And of course, there are skunks, raccoons and all the representatives of smaller animal population. Iron County has wolves and coyotes wandering through the wooded areas as well as badgers, bobcats, minks, foxes and otters and beavers are often seen swimming in Anderson Lake. And what about moose?  Yes, a lucky few have had spotted this great animal in Iron County.


Michigan Waterfalls
There are four major waterfalls that surround Iron County.  On U.S. 141, about five miles south of Crystal Falls, Horserace Rapids is located by the end of Airport Road.  On north US 45 in Paulding, Bond Falls is a natural beauty and easily accessible.  Just east of Bruce Crossing on M28 is Agate Falls.  On US 41, south of L’Anse, Canyon Falls is south of the roadside park.  There are many other waterfalls throughout the U.P. with varying degrees of accessibility. And right by Anderson Lake are the Chicaugon Falls.

Upper Michigan Waterfall Maps

Please Practice Catch & Release
To ensure a future of great fishing at Anderson Lake Lodge, please catch only what you will eat that evening & release the other fish.  This lake is not commercially 'stocked' with fish.  It's the natural balance and good fishing practices that keep Anderson Lake a great fishery. 

 Wondering what there is to do in Iron County Michigan or surrounding areas?   Here are a few ideas...

West Of Iron County Day Trips Ideas

North Of Iron County Day Trip Ideas

Iron County Day Trip Ideas

Summer Events

May:  Memorial Day festivities honoring veterans including parades, music, games and fun for all ages.

June:  Father’s Day weekend features the demolition derby and antique car show.

July:  Forth of July festivities with music, street dance, fireworks and more.
July:  Rum Rebellion Days commemorates a unique Iron River historical event dating back to 1920.
July:  UP Championship Rodeo with preformances , Wild West parade and many other activities.

August:  Humungus Fungus Fest is a salute to one of the three largest organisms in the world.  Giant mushroom pizza, games, contests and fun!
August: Iron County Fair is one of the longest running fairs in Michigan including a carnival, 4H displays, demolition derby and more!

Iron County Calendar of Events


Rainy Day Ideas..
Iron County Museum - Caspian
Iron Mine Tour - Iron Mountain
Harbour House - Crystal Falls
Iron County Courthouse - Crystal Falls
Mansfield Location & Pioneer Church - Mansfield
Amasa Museum - Amasa

Homestead BBQ - Ski Brule, Iron River (seasonal)
Hillside Dining - Ski Brule, Iron River (seasonal)
Alices Restaurant - Iron River
Zippy Du Da - Iron River
Mr. T’s - Iron River
Scott’s Subs - Iron River
Subway - Iron River
Snipe Lake Pub - Iron River
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Silver Moon - Iron River
Winks Woods - Crystal Falls
Angelis Central Plaza - Iron River
Jubliee Foods - Iron River
Hometown Shopko - Iron River
Snyder Pharmacy - Iron River
Central Arts & Gifts - Iron River

Casino - Lac Vieux Desert

Brule Sporting Clays Located At Ski Brule

Brule Sporting Clays:
What is Sporting Clays? Sporting clays is a shotgun shooting game in which clay pigeons are presented to the gunner in ways that mirror the flight pattern of game birds, or occasionally rabbits, in their natural habitats. The shooting grounds are laid out in stations, with each station representing one type of bird or a combination of game; a rabbit and a grouse, for example. At each station, clay pigeons are thrown in pairs or singly. A course consists of several different stations, with a total of 50 or 100 targets. Sometimes birds from the same traps may be shot from different positions, so the gunner sees the same target from an entirely different angles, which creates entirely new shooting presentation. With variations in trap position, trap speed, shooting position, and flight paths of different types of target size, targets can come through the trees, straight down, over your head, quartering, going away, left to right, right to left, and in any path a real bird might choose. It's a great way to prepare for bird season

A coarse consists of sevearl different stations, with a total of 50 or 100 targets. Sometimes birds from the same traps may be shot from different positions, so the gunner sees the same target from entirely different angles, which creates entirely new shooting presentation. With variations in trap position, trap speed, shooting position, and flight paths of different types of target size, targets can come through the trees, straight down, over your head, quartering, going away, left to right, right to left, and in any path a real bird might choose. It's a great way to prepare for bird season

 Brule Sporting Clays Is Located At Ski Brule Resort
  Open  9:00 am to 4:00 pm, May/June/September: midweek by reservations, open 9-4:00 Saturday & Sunday, Open daily July & August 
  50 Targets $20 / 100 Targets $30 
  Gun Rental $10

Online Brule Sporting Clays Information

Iron County Museum:
The campus is situated on 10 acres of former mining company property.  The main exhibition hall has displays from the mining industry, logging, ethnic backgrounds, barber shop, Monigal Miniatures, doctor’s office and others. There are a number of out-buildings available to tour, including the Toti Tavern, the Carrie Jacobs Bond House, the St. Mary’s Church, Brandon Giovanelli House, Stager Railroad Depot and many more.     The Iron County Museum is a ‘can’t miss’ on your trip to Iron County.

Anderson Lake Lodge is a wonderful private retreat.  To ensure a future of good fishing, only boats supplied by Ski Brule / Brule Valley Management may be used on Anderson Lake.  This includes any floatation devices including but not limited to canoes, kayak, boats, jet skis or personal watercraft.  Please do not bring any boats or motors to Anderson Lake.  Eurasian Milfoil has been found in several lakes in Iron County.  Introduction of this invasive plant would destroy Anderson Lake Lodge.  
Prior to arrival, clean any fishing or swimming gear so it is free of all aquatic plants.  This includes bobers, fish buckets, nets, stringers, waders, fishing poles .. basically anything that will enter the water.  Use hot water (above 104) to rinse boats and equipment.  If hot water is not available, use salt water or a high pressure rinse.  If y ou can't rinse, dry your gear for at least six days before entering Anderson Lake.  If we al lexercise a little care, we can preserve the beauty of Anderson Lake for years to come.

Ottawa National Forest:
The western half of Iron County is Ottawa National Forest.  The almost one million acres of the Ottawa National Forest are located in the western Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The forest extends from the south shore of Lake Superior to the Wisconsin border. The area is rich in wildlife viewing opportunities; breathtaking views of rolling hills dotted with lakes, rivers and waterfalls; and spectacular fall colors. But you have to see it to believe it--come visit the Ottawa!

Ottawa National Forest Maps

Ottawa National Forest Visitors Center:  The Visitor Center offers a variety of services, including: environmental education programs for children and adults, maps, area information, interpretive exhibits, accessible trails and an Ottawa Interpretive Association sales outlet. No fees are charged for admission to the Visitor Center or for interpretive programming. Buses are welcome! The Ottawa Visitor Center has been open to the public since May 1971. The mission of the Center is to foster understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of the natural, cultural, recreational, and wilderness resources of the Ottawa National Forest. Through interpretive programs and displays, our goal is to help build public understanding and appreciation of our natural resources that leads to safe, wise and caring use of the Forest

Whatever your pleasure, you'll find it here in Iron County Michigan.

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