St. Ignace Michigan Area Attractions

 

St. Ignace is the gateway to the Upper Peninsula containing 1,700-miles of shoreline and is an all season recreational area.

Father Marquette National Memorial  overlooks the Straits of Mackinac. It pays tribute to the life and work of Jacques Marquette a French priest and explorer.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Father_Marquette_National_Memorial

Fort Mackinac - www.mackinacparks.com/fort-mackinac/  is located on Mackinaw Island. It is a restored 18th and 19th century British & American military outpost with 14 original buildings. In 1875 the federal government created Mackinac National Park. This was the second national park. The first was Yellowstone just three years prior. The fort is a National Historic Landmark. Abandoned by the military in 1895 the Fort became part of Michigan’s first state park.

Golf at St. Ignace Public Golf Course http://stignacegolf.com or Brimley www.wildbluff.com  or Mackinaw Island at the Wawashkamo www.wawashkamo.com  or the Jewel at the Grand Hotel.

Grand Hotel www.grandhotel.com  is known for the longest front porch at 660 feet long in the world and the largest summer hotel.

Hiawatha National Forest is 880,797 acres of national forest. It covers much of the Upper Peninsula in the eastern end between Lakes Superior, Huron, and Michigan. It was a forest area of tall white pines before a great clear cut of more than 100 years ago. Today it is a second growth forest of maples, birches, aspen, red pines, jack pines, and cedar. The forest contains 413 inland lakes and more than 775 miles of rivers and creeks. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hiawatha_National_Forest

Huron Boardwalk - http://hunts-upguide.com/st_ignace_huron_boardwalk.html  is located in St. Ignace is a mile long beside the shore.

Ice Bridge - www.stignace.com/+-winter-travel-to-mackinac-island-522/  is usually available in February and is marked by used Christmas trees going from St. Ignace to Mackinac Island. It takes at least a week of zero or below zero temperatures with no winds for the bridge to form. In recent years, the bridge has been available from zero days to 75 days.

Kewadin Casino is about 7 miles away and has a shuttle to pick you up and drop you off.

The Mackinac Bridge is about 2 ½ miles away and connects the two peninsulas. It is the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere. The Annual Labor Day Bridge Walk allows people to walk the bridge. www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mackinac_Bridge  .

Mackinac Island Carriage Tours - www.mict.com  is the world’s largest horse and buggy livery. Part of the same Chamber’s family that lived at what is now the Colonial House Inn.

Mackinac Island State Park - www.MackinacParks.com  was originally established as the second national park (the first was Yellowstone) in 1875 and in 1895 became Michigan’s first state park. Eighty percent of the island is park. It contains the interesting stone formations of Arch Rock and Sugar Loaf. The 1,800 acres island has Michigan’s shortest highway M-185, which circles the island with a solid surface for walking, biking, and horse-drawn vehicles. Fort Mackinac includes the oldest standing structures in Michigan dating back to 1780. In 1909, the site of Fort Michilimackinaw (1715-1780) in Mackinaw City was added to the park system. There are currently 37 original historic structures preserved in the collection including the Mackinac Island downtown buildings of Biddle House, 1829 Mission Church, and Old Mackinaw Point Lighthouse in Mackinaw City. The park offers groomed Nordic skiing and snowshoeing. The Nordic skiing has been called some of the best trails in the Midwest. The east half of the island http://www.mackinac.com/content/winters/thingstodo.html  is used for cross-country skiing.

Mackinaw Trail Winery Tasting Room is located in the Mackinaw Crossings and is open May 1st thru October 31st. www.mackinawtrailwinery.com  .

Marquette Mission Park and Museum of Ojibwa Culture www.michiganbeautiful.com/m5/marquette-mission-park-and-museum-of-ojibwa-culture-st-ignace-michigan.html  portrays the life over 300 years ago. This National Historic Landmark is located at 500 N. State Street.

Mill Creek - www.mackinacparks.com/historic-mill-creek-discovery-park/  was the Straits of Mackinac’s first industrial complex. This site provided lumber for the settlement of Mackinac Island in the 1790s. Today they demonstrate both hand-sawn techniques and the power of a water-driven sawmill.

Nature’s Kennel - www.natureskennel.com  breeds and raises dogs for the Iditarod. Owner Ed Stielstar is an Iditarod racer. They offer two-hour rides from their kennel in McMillan where you receive a kennel tour, brief instruction, and a 3-dog team to drive around a 7-mile loop with a guide on the trail ahead of you.

North Country Trail Association - www.northcountrytrail.org  is a national nonprofit organization that functions locally through Chapters of volunteers and trail enthusiasts. The trail runs through seven states from New York to North Dakota with over 4,200 miles of trail. Each Chapter is like a club that works to plan, build, and maintain a trail with a specific region. Chapters also promote the trail and the Association through public hikes, social events, and other activities. Two trails are in the area. The Whitefish Bay to St. Ignace travels through the Hiawatha National Forest and consists of 88 miles. The St. Ignace to Petoskey trail is 72 miles long. The Hiawatha Shore to Shore Chapter maintains and promotes the 122 miles of trail from the Mackinac Bridge to the Lake Superior shore.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore/Munising is America’s first national lakeshore and is best seen by a cruise on Lake Superior. The cruises last 2 ½ to 3 hours and are 37 miles long passing such points as Lovers Leap, Grand Portal, Miner’s Castle, Indian Head, and other formations. The points of interest and legends are described by the captain of the cruise. The area also has glass bottom shipwreck tours www.shipwrecktours.com  . This area is about 2 hours away.

Seek Wilderness – Iverson Snowshoe Company www.iversons-showshoes.com/  at 85 Maple Street, Shingleton features demonstrations on crafting snowshoes from the beginning to the end, starting with wood and finishing with lace. They are one of two snowshoe manufacturers in the United States. They also have lodge furniture and wood trout nets.

Seney National Wildlife Preserve contains 95,455 acres with about 2/3 of them wetland and was established in 1935. They have a 7 mile self-guided auto tour open from May 15 – October 15. The preserve also contains hiking, cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing trails.

Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point www.shipwreckmuseum.com  is a National Historic Site and the oldest active lighthouse on Lake Superior. It is owned and operated by the great Lakes Shipwreck Historic Society, a private non-profit culture organization.

Snowmobiling trails run through St. Ignace and you can ride on into Canada or Wisconsin. We have over 2,500 miles of groomed trails in the Upper Peninsular.

The Soo (Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan) is about 1 hour away and offers the Soo Locks http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soo_Locks  You can take a boat through the locks www.soolocks.com . The town has a Museum Ship, Valley Camp, and the Tower of History. www.saulthistoricsites.com 

Sunset Cruises – find details on Star Line, Shepler, Arnold Line.

Straits of Mackinac connect Lake Michigan and Lake Huron.

Straits of Mackinac Underwater Preserve www.michiganpreserves.org/straits.htm  consists of 148 square miles and many shipwrecks.

Walking Tour Booklet by the Michilimackinac Historical Society group. This is a self-guided tour through historic downtown St. Ignace and its waterfront boardwalk.

Whitefish Point - www.shipwreckmuseum.com/whitefish-point-4/  is about 1 ½ hours away.