Marquette Things to Do

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  • Golf Greywalls and Heritage at Marquette Golf Club

    by jhomes Written Dec 11, 2008

    Two great golf courses at one location. Golf the classic Langsford designed Heritage course and the beautiful, challenging and stunning Devries designed Greywalls course at Marquette Golf Club. Worth the money if you love golf!!!!!

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    M-28 Beach

    by yooperprof Written Dec 20, 2007

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    Another nice beach close to Marquette is just off M-28, about 15 minutes drive from downtown Marquette. It's at the first "pull-out" as you are heading eastward on M-28.

    I like to come to the M-28 beach to watch the sunset over Marquette.

    the sun ablaze in the lazy haze calm of the evening
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    Visit Beaches Along Lake Superior

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Oct 28, 2006

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    There are a number of beautiful beaches in Marquette, and although Lake Superior water is cold, you will still find many people swimming in the cool water on warm summer days. If the water is too cold, it is still a great place to relax. Bring a book, or just sit and look across Lake Superior to the horizon. If you have small children, they will enjoy playing in the sand. On a warm, summer day in Marquette, the beach is a great place to spend time.

    South Beach is a swimming beach located just south of the Municipal Power Plant off of Lake Street. Although the beach is quite popular, and has a set of stairs, a handicapped ramp to take you to the beach and the restrooms, playground equipment for children, and usually a volleyball net set up in the summer, what I don’t like is the Power Plant. Look in one direction and you have a nice Lake Superior Bay view (see photo 4), but if you look in the other direction you have a view of the power plant.

    My favorite are the McCarty Cove beaches (see photos 1 – 3). The first area in McCarty cove is located next to the US Coast Guard Station near the intersection of Lakeshore Boulevard and East Michigan Street. This area near the lighthouse is at the south end of Shiras Park. This park has a variety of beach areas as you drive or ride your bike along McCarty Cove. As you check out the beach accesses along the cove you will find areas with volleyball nets, lifeguard watch stations, picnic tables, park benches, restroom facilities, cooking grills in three of the parking areas, and a playground with wooden play equipment for children at one beach access point.

    S. End of Siras Park in McCarty Cove McCarty Cove Beach in Siras Park, McCarty Cove S. Beach Non Power Plant View
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    South Beach

    by yooperprof Written Oct 27, 2006

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    Summertime in Marquette - on those hot days when the temperature climbs to the low 80s, local folk seek refuge on our beautiful sandy beaches. Some of the beach-lovers are attracted to South Beach, just beyond the Municipal Power Plant. The "skinny" is that the water here is warmer than at the beach by McCarty's Cove. But don't get your hopes up - it's still Lake Superior, which will never be mistaken for the Gulf of Mexico!

    life's a beach
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    Presque Isle Park

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Oct 26, 2006

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    Presque Isle Park is on the north side of the city, and is one of the jewels of Marquette. A 323 acre area, the park juts out into Lake Superior, offering self-guided nature trails, beaches, and a paved one lane road that circumnavigates the peninsula. The peninsula is mainly forest with deer and some moose. One of the hikes takes you ¼ mile through a bog with boardwalks and interpretive signs. The most interesting part of this hike for me was seeing pitcher plants, a red “flower” that is carnivorous. As well as nature trails the park also offers a small marina, picnic facilities, rock hunting, an out-door swimming pool, and a small pavilion that offers ice cream, soft drinks, coffee, and hot chocolate. Or, you might enjoy walking out on the breakwall toward Presque Isle Lighthouse. Sometimes in the summer you may find an evening concert to relax to. In the winter the nature trails are available for cross country skiing.

    Gazebo in Presque Isle Park
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    Marquette Maritime Museum

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Oct 26, 2006

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    Marquette Maritime Museum is in an 1890s water works building. This museum is open 7 days a week May through October and chronicles the maritime heritage of Marquette and Lake Superior. Here you will view boats and models, three lighthouse lenses, antique engines, charts, and photographs, as well as a hands-on section for children. There is also a replica of a fishing shanty which contains items related to sport fishing, and a recreation of the dockside offices of Marquette’s first commercial fishing passenger freight companies. Be sure to view the film that is shown continuously. For an additional fee, you may also tour the grounds of the adjacent Coast Guard lighthouse. My favorite parts of the museum are looking through the periscope, and the marvelous Fresnel lenses. My second photo shows a white light, which was the Big Bay Light, and is a third order Fresnel Lens. The third photo, is red, and at one time was the Marquette breakwater light. This smaller light is a fourth order Fresnel lens.

    Marquette Maritime Museum Big Bay Fresnel Light Breakwater Fresnel Lens
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    Father Marquette Mural

    by yooperprof Updated May 13, 2004

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    Jacques Marquette was the first Euro-Man to visit this area. This French Jesuit came in 1671, looking for a way to travel by water to the "great south running river" (the Mississippi). The Euro-men who decided to establish a permanent settlement here in 1849 chose to name the community after the great explorer - after considering and then rejecting the more prosaic "Iron Bay." This mural is in the Post Office in downtown Marquette - a W.P.A. project from the 1930s.

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    Sugarloaf in the Fall

    by yooperprof Updated May 13, 2004

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    An easier climb than Hogback is Sugarloaf, which has its own paved parking lot, clearly visible from County Road 550, and a well-marked trail that has been furnished with wooden staircases climbing to the top. (There are also back-routes that you can follow up the rocky hill.) Sugarloaf is closer to Superior than Hogback, but both have very nice vistas. If you're planning a walk up Sugarloaf, why don't you stop at Phil's 550 Store and make a picnic of it?

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    Hogback Mountain

    by yooperprof Updated May 13, 2004

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    Hogback Mountain is a mildly strenuous hike that will reward you with a fine vista of the Lake Superior shoreline and forested hills for miles around. Give yourself at least two hours to walk up, enjoy the scenery, and return to your car. There are several trailheads for Hogback; the one that I use most often is approximately six miles north of Marquette, on County Road 550. It's about a quarter mile past the Sugarloaf mountain trailhead, on the west side of the road, in the parking area designated for "Mead Pond." This hike does involve some scrambling up rocks, and in late spring/early summer is NOTORIOUS among local people for ravenous BLACKFLIES. Be forewarned.

    Overview at Dusk
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    Dead River Falls

    by yooperprof Written Jan 29, 2004

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    The Dead River Falls are something of a local secret. They are located on land owned by one of the local electric utility companies, so they don't have the formal "park status" of other waterfalls in the area. But they are dramatic, popular, and certainly scenic. Of course, they have the most "flow" in the springtime, at the time of the big melt-down. The Dead River was given its name because the local Native American community regarded this as a sacred stream down which the spirit of the great leaders flowed into "the great water". There's still something holy about it today.

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  • Marquette Mountain

    by LisaInTX Written Oct 26, 2003

    We visit Marquette Mountain every time we visit. If you're going to be in Marquette in the winter, and you enjoy skiing or want to learn, this is a fun place to go. It's not too late to learn either. My husband learned in his early 30's, and he's going down the Black runs now!

    They have different a variety of runs (Greens Blues and Blacks) It's not too expensive, and the price goes down as it gets later in the day. The staff is friendly as well. For more info, visit their website: www.marquettemountain.com

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    Black Rocks

    by yooperprof Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Presque Isle is an interesting place to take a hike. Walk on the outer perimeter path, taking care not to get too close to the edge (please don't fall over). On the back side of the island you will find the geologic formation known as the black rocks. These are exposed volcanic rocks that are among the very oldest formations in the Western Hemisphere. My colleagues at the University tell me that the Black Rocks are close to 2 Billion years old, but I have a hard time putting my brain around that figure! It's certainly a good place to go on a sunny day and reflect upon the evanescence of time - or whatever fluff is in your mind that day.

    38 sitting on 2,000,000,000
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    St. Paul's Episcopal Church

    by yooperprof Written Feb 1, 2003

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    The nave of St. Paul's was completed and consecrated in 1874; the corner tower dates from the 1890s. There are two exquisite Tiffany Windows, the gift of prominent and wealthy parishoners from the turn of the century. Mornings and Saturdays there is usually someone at the church; look in and ask if you can look around.

    Piety in Stone

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    Peter White Public Library

    by yooperprof Written Feb 1, 2003

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    A Public Library as a "Must See" Activity? Yes, when it is as good a library as Peter White. It's named after Marquette's first mayor, a New Englander who wanted this community to be more than just a sleepy little port. Peter White recently completed a major renovation and expansion, funded entirely by local people dedicated to preserving the vision of a library as a true community center. This library is much more than a place to check out books; there is also an arts center, a gallery, performance space, bookstore and cafe. There are great views of the harbor from the window-nook seats on the top floor.

    Library AND Community Center

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  • Climb sugarloaf mountain for...

    by drews Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Climb sugarloaf mountain for sunrise. It is located just outside of town. If you're an avid mountain biker hit the ski hill in the summer. Its an excellent run.
    Tranquil sunsets and sunrises on lake Superior. It faces east providing an excellent sunrise over the lake.

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