Top 10 Outdoor Activities in the UP

10. Hiking

Take a day-hike up Hogback Mountain and pack a lunch, or spend an hour on the foot trails to circle around Presque Isle Park (locally known as "The Island.") Climb up Sugarloaf Mountain, seen above, for stunning views and a fresh perspective. 

9. Fishing

Fish for salmon and brook trout on the Carp River, or go for year-round fishing on the Chocolay River for salmon and steelhead. Take a charter boat to try your luck on Lake Superior. You might even find a secret spot of your own. 

8. Paddleboarding & Kayaking

Rent a paddle and board from a local shop and head to the beach. It's relaxing. And a surprisingly envigorating work-out! Even more leisurely: paddle four to six hours down the AuTrain River on a sunny afternoon. Stop midway on the banks of the river, stretch, and have a picnic. Is this the good life, or what? 

7. Trail Running

Lace up your running shoes and enjoy the fresh air of the north firsthand. Turn on your favorite tunes or focus on the deep, peaceful quiet of the woods. You might even see a curious, startled white-tail deer in the distance.  

6. Snowshoeing

When the snow falls, pick up your snowshoes and get outdoors! No experience or know-how necessary. We reccomend a warm beverage enjoyed slowly in an armchair by a fireplace upon returning. 

5. Golfing

Marquette County is home to 6 golf courses, including the award wining Greywalls course at Marquette Golf Club (pictured above). The course takes players through a wild ride and over a diverse but flowing variety of terrain: tumbling fairways, boldly contoured slopes, dramatic elevation changes, rolling and bunkered links land, and breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Superior. Since opened in 2005, Greywalls has won numerous local, regional and national awards including Golf Digest's “America’s Best Upscale Courses” (#3) and GolfWeek’s “Best Courses You Can Play” (#2, Michigan). 

4. Camping

Visit one of the UP's national forests, state parks, or campgrounds. Make it a weekend trip or just spend a night at Tourist Park campground in Marquette. Or, if you're feeling a little adventurous, find a spot off the beaten-path and set up your tent for some "rugged" camping.

3. Skiing & Snowboarding

Whether it's downhill or cross-country, Marquette has some of the world's best skiing. Enjoy the Noquemanon Trail Network or our local winter sports area just south of downtown Marquette. 

2. Swimming

Jump off Black Rocks at Presque Isle into Lake Superior. Find a hidden beach off county road 550. Dry off and relax with a good book at McCarty's Cove, a whitesand beach right in Marquette. Ahh, the good life. 

1. Biking

Marquette is renowned for its biking trails! Take your mountain bike on a technical trail in and around Marquette. Or, take a leasurely ride downtown. In the winter, hop on your fat bike (a wide-tired variety meant for snow and sand) and enjoy all-season pedaling!