About Marquette County

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Freighter at Ore Dock

The U.P.’s largest city and county of Marquette were named after Jacques Marquette, a French Jesuit missionary and explorer who lived among the Ojibwa people from 1669 until his death in 1675. A statue pays tribute to him on a rock outcropping overlooking the city. All around the statue the city teems with life year-round.

Historic red sandstone buildings house unique shops, museums, galleries and delectable foods prepared by regionally acclaimed chefs. This harbor town likes to stay up late to enjoy great music, drinks and entertainment. It creates good times at the Pine Mountain and Hiawatha Music Festivals, Rotary Seafood Fest, Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic race, U.P. 200 Sled Dog Races, art and car shows.

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Kayak on Lake Superior

There are a children’s museum, massive ore freighters gracefully moving in and out of the harbor, Anatomy of a Murder self-guided tours for movie buffs and Tilden Mine Tours of a working iron ore mine. Don’t miss your chance to watch future Olympic athletes train at the United States Olympic Education Center on the campus of Northern Michigan University (short track speedskating and wrestling thrill spectators). Ishpeming introduces you to skiing and snowboarding history and Negaunee recounts stories of iron mining in its museums.

Yet for all its cosmopolitan flair, you simply can’t take the wilderness out of Marquette County. Within minutes you can bike along the shore with your children or grandchildren, fish on Lake Superior, bag waterfalls and lighthouses with your camera, spot moose and migrating birds, kayak big and small waters, hike up mountains, rock climb, ski or snowmobile. If it’s outside, it’s fun.

Learn more: www.marquettecountry.org or 800/544-4321 or 906/228-7749