There is so much to see and do in this beautiful wilderness. There are several options listed below and be sure to stop by the front desk for a map that will help you plan your day!
Day One -Heading toward Wakefield, Bessemer and Ironwood:
NOTE: this summer this is going to involve a detour as there is road construction on M28. Head West out of the Lodge and turn left on M64. Take M64 about 18 Miles and you will come to US2. Head West (right) on Highwas 2 and it will bring you into Wakefield. The good news with this detour is that it will take you past Sunday Lake Supermarket which has groceries and a great meat department. Also, while in Wakefield check out the Northwoods General Store for an amazing selection of Yankee candles, gifts and more. If you take a left at the stoplight in Wakefield, you will see Nannette’s Knits and Randalls Bakery for some delicious Pastys.
Get back on 2 and take it to Bessemer. Turn right at 519 and you will be on the Black River Harbor Bypass (one of the Top 10 Road Trips in the Country as voted by Road Trip Magazine). Your field trip should include some or all of the following:
- Black River Harbor:Scenic Bypass:
Quietly cruise along the Black River Harbor Scenic Byway to the Ottawa National Forest’s spectacular signature site – The Black River Harbor. Scenic hiking trails through an old growth hemlock and hardwood forest and five waterfalls make this a favorite scenic stop along Lake Superior.
There are five different falls that you can visit: Rainbow, Sandstone, Potawatomi, Conglomerate, or Gorge – which will be your favorite waterfall?
- Copper Peak Adventure Ride
Copper Peak Adventure Ride is the only ski flying hill west of the Prime Meridian. Ride a 36-story chair-lift to a destination far above the trees. For the more adventurous soul, ascend the additional 18-stories to a panoramic view that will engrain 2,500 square miles known as The Wilds of Michigan into your mind for now and forever. This ski jump is scheduled to reopen next year.
- Presque Isle State Park
Stroll alongside Presque Isle River and discover the numerous waterfalls flowing through ancient hemlocks. Stop at the swinging bridge at the mouth to watch Presque Isle River flow into Lake Superior. To access the falls hikers have the option of parking at the day-use parking area or the Presque Isle River camp site at the southern point of the South Boundary Road. Then follow the West or East trail on either side of the river for a stunning day in the wilderness!
- Restaurants and Grocery:
- Black River Pub has excellent food and is on 519 on the way to Black River Harbor
- Pit Stop in Bessemer has a great Fish Fry.
- Club 28 in Wakefield has the best pizza around
- Ma’s Cafe in Wakefield serves up a hearty breakfast
- Mike’s Cafe across from Ace Hardware has great food!
- There is a Walmart in Ironwood as well as a Super One Foods.
- SUNDAY LAKE GROCERY is in Wakefield and may even deliver if you give them a call! 906-224-9491
Day Two: Silver City, Porcupine Mountains and White Pine
- Leaving the Lodge and heading east on M-28, head North on M64 toward White Pine and Silver City. On the way, you will pass the North Country Trail, which is the longest National Scenic Trail in the United States stretching from New York to North Dakota, linking seven states and 10 National Forests.
- White Pine/Konteka: you will see a former mall on the left and a sign for the Konteka, which is a restaurant with good food (and a bowling alley if it is raining). They feed the bears in the courtyard periodically throughout the day which is a nice attraction.
- Bonanza Falls: between White Pine and Silver City, one mile south of Lake Superior, on the West side of M-64. (no sign viewable when you are heading north – need to look for Michigan recreation signage ). Beautiful views, great easy hiking!
- Silver City: turn left into Silver City and stop along the way to enjoy the shores of Lake Superior. Walk the beach, do some rock hounding and capture the amazing views!
- Porcupine Mountains – Summit Peak, Lake of the Clouds and Mirror Lake
Spend the early afternoon discovering the wilderness of Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. Begin with a hike to the highest point of the Porcupine Mountains, Summit Peak, reaching an impressive 1,958 feet! Viewed from an easily accessible scenic overlook lays Lake of the Clouds. A sight to behold, this lake is surrounded by historical old-growth forests, abundant wildlife and natural beauty. Bring binoculars, a camera, and a keen sight for a chance to embrace a soaring eagle! Don’t forget to check out Mirror Lake while you are there!
- Cascade Falls: The Cascade Hiking Trail is a short scenic trail. Head out of the Lodge east on M-28 about 2-3 miles and turn left onto Forest Road 400. Go North for 7 miles and you will come to a parking area. The trail consists of two routes to the Falls. The Bluff route is the more difficult route, but by far more scenic. Each trail is approximately 1 mile and will lead you to the picturesque Cascade Falls.
- Antonio’s in Bergland serves 3 square meals a day and is always a great choice!
- Konteka in White Pine is known for good food – check their FB page for specials/buffets (they have $1 burgers on Tuesdays)
- Syl’s Cafe in Ontonagon is one of Jim’s favorite restaurants!
- JW’s BBQ & Brew in Bergland is always smokin’ up some good food!
- Bergland Bay Bar – serves Beef Sandwiches, Pizza and Burgers
- Bond Falls
100′ of craggy rock surrounded by an easily accessible trail brings you up close and personal to The Wilds of Michigan most glorious waterfall. The altitudinous 50′ of rushing water will rekindle your senses. See its majesty, listen to falls cascade into the Ontonagon River, smell the fresh air.
- The Sylvania Wilderness
Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the solitude of a wilderness experience. Few Wilderness compare to Sylvania with its old growth forest and pristine lakes. Here you will find 34 named lakes – some with sandy beaches, others surrounded by record-sized pines. Spend the afternoon exploring Sylvania and you might just see a rare orchid, a bald eagles, loons and osprey.
- O-Kun-De-Kun Falls: Head west on M-28 to Bruce Crossing and go North on M-45 about 8 miles and there will be a sign for the falls on the right. This waterfall is an absolute delight for hikers. As you pass through tall pine forest and undercut ledges, it allows hikers to go under the ledge and look out from behind the water. Just below the falls is a suspension footbridge that leads the trail across Baltimore River where you get a spectacular view of the falls.
- Agate Falls: 6.5 miles east of Bruce Crossing on M-28, there is a roadside Park (Joseph F. Oravec) just past the bridge on the Ontonagon River. Unfortunately the provided trails and overlooks are somewhat limited, but with some effort you can scramble down to the river to get some very good view of the falls, which is very popular with local fishermen.
- On this route you can also stop at the Casino, play some golf, and enjoy a great meal at their restaurant. They usually have a daily special or a buffet! (www.lvdcasino.com).
Lake Gogebic Area Attractions:
- Allegator Eye: The face of this rock looks like the alligator’s eye, giving the hill its name. Part of the Ottawa National Forest. On M-64 about two miles south of Lake Gogebic State Park and about 6 miles north of U.S. 2. Look for a parking area, big enough for busses, on the road away from the lake. Handicap-accessible: This is a great hike and the view at the top is amazing – be sure to bring your camers!
- Lake Gogebic Area Restaurants: (* indicates that they are accessible by water)
- Fishtales* – a great view and great menu! Chef Jed never disappoints! (Open Wed-Sunday)
- Gogebic Lodge* – serves up burgers and bar food and they have a great new menu!
- Dutch’s Old Bar – (Marenisco). Favorite stop for ATV’ers
- Root Cellar Resort* – Open Wed-Sun (great nightly specials including a Saturday Night Prime Rib Special)
- Hoop N Holler Bar – 2 miles west of the Walleye Lodge.