City life doesn’t have to be crowded and stressful. Wilderness life doesn’t have to be isolated and serene. These two lifestyles can live in concert with each other. And no place proves that better than Marquette County along the shores of Lake Superior. Marquette is the U.P.’s largest city, named after Jacques Marquette, a French Jesuit missionary and explorer who lived among the Ojibwa people from 1669 until his death in 1675. With a strong economic and academic base, it’s culturally sophisticated, yet it’s still a wilderness at heart.
SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE
Adventure is easy to find in Marquette County. Within minutes recreational enthusiasts can be hiking or mountain biking on 200 miles of top-rated trails, downhill skiing at Marquette Mountain Ski Area or snowmobiling our 400 miles of snowmobile trails. Lake Superior is woven into the fabric of daily life in Marquette County. Find yourself in a kayak exploring the Black Rocks of Presque Isle, fishing off the Lower Harbor break wall or on a paddleboard in Marquette Harbor.
Adventures of the culinary kind are also easy to find in Marquette County. Enjoy fine dining options as well as a variety of ethnic options and locally sourced cuisine. Visit one of our six microbreweries, each crafting fine ales, stouts and brews from the fresh water harvested from the largest of the Great Lakes.
Marquette County offers unique festivals and events for visitors to enjoy year-round. During the summer months, visitors can test themselves with races like the Ore to Shore Mountain Bike Epic or the Marquette Marathon and Half Marathon. They can enjoy music from talented musicians at events like the Blues Fest and Hiawatha Music Festival. Winter time in Marquette County doesn’t mean the end of tourist season. Events like the Noquemanon Ski Marathon and The U.P. 200 Sled Dog Race draw crowds during our snowy months.
EMBRACE YOUR NATURAL SPIRIT
There’s a part of the human spirit that awakens in Marquette County. Travelers love it here because we’re too busy mountain biking to notice what kind of shoes they’re wearing. They love it here because we aren’t too busy to say “hello” when we pass them on the street. They love it here because our enthusiasm for the outdoors is contagious. Experience it for yourself. Travel to Marquette County and embrace your natural spirit.