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
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
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.
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.
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
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:
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”.
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!
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
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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
Click Here For More Dining..
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:
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
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
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.
HELP STOP THE SPREAD OF INVASIVE SPECIES!
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