Where else in the U.P. can you travel back in time to see a WWII glider, shoot down the region’s most intense rapids or see some of the country’s best athletes prepare for the Olympics? Dickinson County takes you on a journey both historical and modern, from our museums to everyday fun rafting, golfing, skiing and more.
A HISTORIC JOURNEY
History buffs will love our WWII Glider & Military Museum, recalling when the Ford plant in Kingsford was converted to make wooden gliders to fly reconnaissance missions over the English Channel. The Menominee Range Historical Museum complex also features the Cornish Pump, the world’s largest steam-driven pumping engine built in the United States. You can also plunge 400 feet underground on the Iron Mountain Iron Mine Tour in Vulcan to see what mining was like generations ago, and learn how the Menominee Iron Range was the source of the iron mining that drove the economy.
FOR THE BIRDS
No motorized boats are permitted in Fumee Lake Natural Area, home to bald eagles, common loons and 17 species of orchids. These 1,800 acres are a nature photographer’s paradise.
THRILLS FOR ATHLETES AND SPECTATORS
Sports enthusiasts will love all the ways to enjoy the outdoors. Take an intense ride whitewater rafting through Piers Gorge on the Menominee River, the only Class IV rapids in the Midwest. For a more relaxing time, canoe, kayak or fish on rivers or inland lakes across the county. In winter, visit in February for the Annual Continental Cup Ski Jumping Tournament at the giant Pine Mountain Ski Jump, the largest ski jumping facility in North America. Billed as the U.P.’s largest tailgate party, the tournament draws an enthusiastic crowd and world-class international ski jumpers. You can ski Pine Mountain ski area or lit cross-country trails. For motorized fun, snowmobile on 120 miles of trails or cheer on competitors at ATV “ice” races. IIf 18 holes is more your style, Dickinson County offers three courses including TimberStone, where golf and nature come together. The course is a top-rated destination by Golf Digest and Golf Week. Refresh and relax alongside legends at Famers Restaurant, which hosts the U.P. Sports Hall of Fame. Can’t get enough of the links? We’re also a gateway for other fantastic courses nearby. There are non-stop activities to please everyone. With nearby alpine rock climbing and zip-lining, Dickinson County will draw you back again and again.