Whether you are coming to Marquette for a vacation or attending NMU as an incoming student, here are a few must do things to experience the true Marquette! While these are only 5 of the more popular things to do, our staff is well versed in some more adventurous outtings in and around the U.P. and we offer free maps to all of these locations. Stop by and we would be glad to give you the beta on your next adventure!
Hike Sugarloaf Mountain
Sugarloaf Mountain is a must do for anyone who visits Marquette and offers a 360 degree views of the surrounding area. Look north five miles off
shore and you will see the tiny Granite Island. To the east is Presque Isle and Partridge Island. Behind you to the south west is Hogback Mountain, and down below you is the white sand beaches of Wetmore Landing. Time your summit climb and you just might see the sun setting over the Huron Mountains to the west! You also might notice the summit obelisk and wonder who the heck is Bart?
The Bart King Memorial honors Bartlett King. King and Perry Hatch, a Marquette banker, formed what was probably the very first Boy Scout troop in the United States. The troop consisted of forty scouts ages six to eighteen. King was summonded to War at the age of 24 and was tragically killed on October 8, 1918 in France. The troop was devestated and a cairn was erected in memory of their former scoutmaster and construction was visible from the King family’s Marquette residence where Bart’s mother watched the progress from a second floor window.
The finished memorial was adorned with a bronze plaque which simply says “Bart.”
Watch a Marquette Sunrise or Suntset!
Decisions, Decisions. Sunrise vs Sunset! The Upper Peninsula is a very special place but did you know that Marquette has a unique phenomena where you can see the sun rise out of Lake Superior and then later that day see the sun set into the same big lake! Although somewhat rare, there are a few places around the world where this phenomena does exist but we consider ourselves very fortunate that we can experience it right out our backdoor! Geographically Presque Isle, a city park in Marquette juts out into Lake Superior and offers the hiker, biker, paddler or beach goer the opportunity to catch the sunrise or in the evening catch the sun dropping into the lake to the west. Our favorite viewing spots ar McCarty’s Cove in the am or Sunset Point on Presque Isle for the sunset.
Walk, Run, Bike or Board the Bike Path
Marquette’s Multi-Use Path encompasses 19 miles of paved trail with a good portion of it that runs parrellel to the Lake Superior shoreline. From Presque Isle Park in the north to the town of Harvey in the south. The trail provides access to beaches, shopping and dining districts, city parks and recreation sites. Popular in the mornings and evenings this is a great way to get out and explore the coastline!
Hike to Dead River Falls
The Dead River Falls is easily one of the best waterfall adventures that the Upper Peninsula has to offer and it is so close to the city of Marquette! A series of sudden plunges in a rocky gorge about a half mile in length, dropping close to a hundred feet in total, making a destination that is accessible and incredibly scenic. Historically, its name is derived from the Ojibwe Gaa-waakwimiigong-neyaashi-ziibi (recorded as “Kah way komi gong nay aw shay Sibi”, meaning “Peninsula by the Roads to the Land of the Dead River” Although no one knows for sure, the name “Dead River” may be related to the presence of tannins in the river which impart an almost black or “dead” appearance to the water.
Jump Off Black Rocks
A longtime Marquette tradition is to head out to Presque Isle, a Marquette City park, to take a refreshing plunge off of “Black Rocks” and into the cool waters of Lake Superior. Over the years this tradition has become quite popular and we recommend going earlier in the morning to avoid the crowds. Studied by many geology programs throughout the Midwest, the Black Rocks are a metamorphosed igneous peridotite about 1.7 billion years old! There is limited parking at Presque Isle at Black Rocks and parking violations are usually ticketed.