SUMMER

Don’t think that Michigan is only worthwhile 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 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.

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.

Waterfalls

Snowmelt and April showers combine to swell rivers and streams with waterfalls usually at their annual peak for volume and beauty. Cameras, a steady tripod (for longer exposures) and good hiking boots are recommended. Be sure to view the larger falls from a safe distance.  Over 200 waterfalls are found in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Horse Race Rapids, Duppy Falls, Chicaugon Falls and Margeson Falls are found in Iron County Michigan and  just a short drive are the spectacular Bond Falls.

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 is Chicaugon Falls.