There are four excellent reasons to visit Schoolcraft
County: Spring, summer, fall and winter.
With 46 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, 734
miles of rivers and streams, almost 100 lakes
and ponds and more than a half-million acres of
forest, parks and beaches set aside for public
recreation, Schoolcraft County accommodates almost
every outdoor activity.
The county truly blossoms in spring, and the
Seney National Wildlife Refuge provides a front-row
seat for nature's annual rebirth. The refuge encompasses
more than 95,00 acres of marsh, field and forest.
Its diversity of wildlife species includes over
200 birds, 26 fish and 50 mammals. The refuge
is laced with miles of walking and hiking trails,
and visitors can forge for morel mushrooms, berries
and other wild foods. The Visitor's Center features
a variety of exhibits and information about the
refuge. Hiawatha Nation Forest and Lake Superior
State Forest are also great places to see springtime
extravaganzas such as the blooming of the trillium,
the state flower.
Summer attracts the most visitors to the county.
The Lake Michigan waterfront and rolling sand
dune are the perfect place to spend a hot summer
day. Manistique's two-mile long, wheelchair accessible
beach boardwalk offers access to picnic areas,
a fishing pier and the landmark East Breakwater
Lighthouse. The Manistique Municipal Marina provides
transient and seasonal dockage and complete services
for all types of vessels. Manistique is also home
port to the area's fishing fleet and charter captains.
Another popular summer destination is Indian
Lake. Just a few miles west of Manistique, the
six-by-three-mile like is the Upper Peninsula's
fourth larges inland body of water. It offers
great fishing, boating and swimming. Located on
the south and west sides of the lakes Indian Lake
State Park. The park is divided into two units:
The South Shore campground features 143 modern
campsites, and the West Shore Campground has 144
At the northern end of Indian Lake is Palms Book
State Park, home of Kitch-iti-kipi "The Mirror
of Heaven" or Big Spring, Two hundred feet
across and 40 feet deep, Kitch-iti-kipi is Michigan's
biggest spring, and one of the U.P.'s most poplar
attractions. A self-operated observation raft
takes visitors across the crystal-clear spring,
providing them with a look at submerged ancient
tree trunks, plump trout and 10,00 gallons of
water gushing every minute from deep fissures
in the limestone bottom.
For many visitors, summer isn't summer without
golf. Indian Lake Golf and County Club, overlooking
Indian Lake, is listed among the U.P.'s top five
courses. The 18-hole, par 72 course challenges
players with 6 ponds and 40 bunkers. Stony Point
Golf Course on US-2 is a 9-hole, 3,055 yard, par
35 course winding through postcard-perfect views,
rolling terrain, and sparkling waterways. And
Garden Golf Estates in Garden, an 18-hole golf
course is the Blue Heron located in Germfask.
Fall is Schoolcraft County's most colorful season.
Visitors travel from throughout the Midwest to
see the forests transform from verdant serenity
into a riot of color. Whether you travel by car,
motorcycle, off-road-vehicle, canoe, bike or foot,
a fall foliage tour through Schoolcraft County
is an unforgettable experience.
Fall also heralds the beginning of hunting season.
The county's woods and wetlands are home to abundant
wildlife, and bow and firearm enthusiast can stalk
bear, deer, small game and wildfowl.
The fun only gets deeper when the snow falls
in Schoolcraft County. The area's rolling hills
are perfect for cross-country skiing and sledding.
When the lakes freeze over, it's time for ice
fishing. For those who prefer indoor skating,
Little Bear West Arena provides an opportunity
to learn to skate. It also offers open skating
and local hockey team competition. Snowmobilers
especially appreciate winter here. The county
has more than 130 miles of groomed snowmobile
trails, which are part of a 2,500-mile network
of groomed trails zigzagging throughout the U.P.
Schoolcraft County is also home to several municipal
and township parks which feature amenities ranging
from playgrounds to boat launches. The county's
communities also host many special events and
festivals throughout the year. Highlights include
the Schoolcraft County Fair, Folkfest, the Manistique
Merchants' Car and Antique Snowmobile Show, and
an annual Art Show.
Whatever your favorite outdoor activity, Schoolcraft
County's sporting goods stores have the expertise
and equipment you need. You'll also find a warm
welcome at area restaurants, motels and resorts.
For every season, there are plenty of reasons
to visit Schoolcraft County!