When you enter Michigan’s Upper Peninsula…You enter a world of unique experiences unmatched anywhere in the Midwest.

The rich and colorful history of the region, coupled with a scenic splendor still unspoiled, provides something for everyone.

Destination Overview

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Travel & Recreation Association (UPTRA) is a private, non-profit organization established for the sole purpose of advertising and marketing the upper Peninsula.

Membership and participation are maintained in NTA, ABA, OMCA, and Circle Michigan. Seven “natural wonders” are in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. They are: Mackinac Island, Pictured Rocks National LakeshoreTahquamenon Falls, the Keweenaw Peninsula and Brockway Mountain Drive, the Porcupine Mountains and Lake of the Clouds, Isle Royal National Park, and Kitch-iti-Kipi. Two of Michigan’s man-made wonders are in the Upper Peninsula –the St. Mary’s Falls Canal at Sault Ste. Marie and the Mackinac Bridge linking the two peninsulas of Michigan. The world’s busiest waterway is located at the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan’s oldest community. One of the deepest mine shafts in the world is in the Keweenaw Peninsula’s Copper Country. The 1844 discovery of iron ore at Negaunee was of greater importance to the economic and industrial development of America than the California gold rush of the same era.

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Geographic Description

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is greater in size than the four states of Massachusetts, Connecticut, Delaware and Rhode Island combined. It is larger than Belgium or Switzerland. The Upper Peninsula is comprised of 16,538 square miles and has a population of slightly over 300,000 people. The Upper Peninsula is 384 miles wide, from Drummond Island on the east to Ironwood on the west. It is 233 miles from Menominee on the south to Copper Harbor on the north. Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has 4,300 inland lakes, 12,000 miles of streams and 1,700 miles of shoreline on three Great Lakes. All but two of Michigan’s more than 200 waterfalls are in the Upper Peninsula. Over 85% of the land in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is forested.

Fred Huffman, Group Tour CoordinatorServices for Tour Operators

  • Color Slides/Digital Images
  • FAM Tours
  • 88 page Travel Planner
  • Assistance in itinerary planning and suggested tours
  • Liaisons with area convention and visitors bureaus

Group Tour Coordinator

For more information contact:
Fred Huffman, Group Tour Coordinator
Upper Peninsula Travel & Recreation Association
PO Box 400
Iron Mountain, MI 49801