Tweetable facts about the Upper Peninsula (Plus a Giveaway!)

Update: The two winners of our Pure Michigan stocking cap giveaway are Brad whose favorite thing about the U.P. is pasties and Bill whose favorite is Lake of the Clouds. Congratulations to our winners! We’ll be hosting another giveaway in the next few weeks, so be sure to check back.

The Upper Peninsula of Michigan is beautiful all year and here are 10 quick facts about the Upper Peninsula that you can share with your friends on Twitter. Simply click on any fact and it will automatically populate on your Twitter status bar. And while we’re talking Twitter, remember to follow Pure Michigan on Twitter as well.

PLUS, as a thank you for being great fans and loyal readers of this blog, we have two Pure Michigan stocking caps that we’re looking to give away!
Here’s how to enter:

  • Leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite thing about the Upper Peninsula (only one comment per e-mail address please).
  • On November 11th at 5 p.m., we’ll randomly pick two winners and send each a Pure Michigan stocking cap. We’ll contact you using the e-mail address you provide (we won’t share it or sell it to anybody).
Good luck!
Fun fact: The Upper Peninsula contains 16,452 square miles, almost one-third of the land area of the state @Pure Michigan
Did you know Mount Arvon, the highest point in @PureMichigan, is in the Upper Peninsula?
Bird watchers in the Upper Peninsula have observed nearly 400 different species @PureMichigan
Like snowmobiling? The Upper Peninsula offers 3,000 miles of groomed trails @PureMichigan
The Soo Locks in Chippewa is 155 yrs. old and allows the passage of boats from Lake Superior to the lower Great Lakes
Fun fact: more than 30 sunken ships can be found in Bays de Noc in the Upper Peninsula @PureMichigan
Did you know some areas of the Upper Peninsula can get more than 25 ft. of snow a year? @PureMichigan
The Cisco chain of lakes in the Upper Peninsula has 271 miles of shoreline @PureMichigan
Lake Gogebic is the largest inland lake in the Upper Peninsula, known for walleye, bass and jumbo perch @PureMichigan
Did you know the Mackinac Bridge is the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere with 7,400 ft. of roadway?
  • Scott R.

    My favorite part of the UP is boating around Grand Island and the arch that sticks out of the NW part of the island. I’ve taken my boat under there and that has to be the coolest thing being under all that rock. And with the Pictured Rocks as a backdrop and Lake Superior as your carpet, how can you go wrong with that combo.

  • jackie archer

    I love Whitefish Bay in every season. There are gorgeous sunrises & sunsets in so many shades of colors. You never know what wildlife you will see, from the smallest hummingbird, the sly coyotes, beautiful wolves, a moose or a truly majestic bald eagle soaring above. Lake Superior and her sights captures your attention for indefinite periods of time so easily and lets you relax. The best part is watching my kids play in the bay and on the beach so carefree in my favorite part of our beautiful state.

  • Jennifer W.

    I absolutely love Marquette! If there was any place in the U.P. that I would live, Marquette is it’

  • Rosanne Renauer

    One of my all time favorite memories is taking a small plane ride around the perimeter of the Keewenaw Peninsula at the height of the autumn colors. It was breathtakingly beautiful.

  • Craig Dally

    Pure, Beautiful and Majestic Michigan’s U.P. I like it all, Spring, Summer, Winter and Fall.

  • Shawn

    What’s not to love about the UP. Once you cross THE bridge you are in God’s Country. My son met his wife at NMU and they returned to Marquette to get married this past summer. From the sandy beaches to rock hunting at “Agate Beach”, the lakes have it all. Hiking at Presque Isle, biking along the lakeshore, the dog sled races, and more. The drive from my home in southern Michigan is worth it every time.

  • Tina

    I love the Upper Peninsula for the hills,the trees, the water, the wildlife and the peace and quiet.

  • mary duerksen

    Check out Search Bay, in the National Forest, west of Cedarville on Lake Huron. A beautiful and unique spot.

  • Judy Hersh

    Spending time with my parents on long trips up to Houghton/Hancock area. Always getting our Trenary Toast. Visiting the Soo Locks, fishing, and knowing that our family roots are in the UP of Michigan.

  • Nancy Ruppert

    I just can’t believe how many people from lower Michigan have never crossed the bridge. They are really missing a beautiful adventure. Numerous waterfalls, cliff jumping, hiking, white river kayaking, wildlife…Visit the U.P. you won’t regret it and I guarantee you’ll be going back!

  • Barbara Ahlich Crosby

    Growing up in the UP, leaving, and then returning 4yrs ago. The UP has a majestic, peaceful, and spiritual beauty. My two grown daughters and I have chosen the UP for our vacations because of it’s peacefulness and beauty. My personal favorite spot is Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains. Other favorites are Pictured Rocks with it’s all encompassing beauty, Copper Harbor, Brockway Mt Drive and the whole Keweenaw, Tahquamenon Falls, Presque Isle at Marquette , Sugar Loaf Mountain outside Marquette, Drummond Island and St Ignace with the Mackinac Bridge. Not to mention the majestic views of Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron while enroute to all these places. Also time spent on any one of the numerous inland lakes is a day well spent, a few in my experience being Trout, Brevort, Little and Big Manistique, Gogebic, and Lake Manganese, to name a few. The UP is a hidden GEM!

  • Heather

    Hiking Sugarloaf Mountain, Cross-country skiing at Blueberry Ridge and visiting our friends & family in Marquette County.

  • Joseph Novak

    Sault Ste Marie in summer; Baraga in winter. The best of both ends.

  • Allison

    Now that I live in Seattle I cherish the memories with my family hiking and fishing around the Upper Peninsula as a child. I wish for one day I could go back and re-live those memories.

  • vanessa

    the ICE CLIMBING. thank you, UP.

  • Michelle Simons

    Oh the fishing up north is wonderful!! Big fish too.

  • Shelly

    We were blessed to spend almost eight years in the UP at KI Sawyer AFB until it closed. We had the best time up there! Beautiful scenery and full of fun things to do!

  • Marilyn Mussman

    Every single time I go to the UP, I simply forget just how beautiful & peaceful it is!

  • Tom

    I love Whitefish Point! Superior is a vast, inland sea and it’s especially impressive right there. Not far from the bridge, either.

  • Emily

    I always look *up* in the UP. Between the highly visible Milky Way, billions of stars, and the aurora borealis, I get chills just thinking about it!

  • Gary Bostick

    I love the U.P. and it’s especially beautiful in the Autumn. I am very fond on the areas around Munising and Marquette.

  • Sandi

    We love to go to the UP! We love Pictured Rock, fishing, 4 wheeling, snowmobiling and hiking. If you family loves the outdoors then you will love the UP!!

  • KP

    Michigan’s U.P. is majical ! As you cross the bridge, you step back into another time. I love the woods, lakes and waterfalls. I love Rt 2 along Lake Michigan and then further north, the Lake Superior shoreline. The small towns are friendly. Copper Harbor is fun to visit with it’s village of gift shops, restaurants, and ferry to Isle Royale. And since I live in the southwestern part of lower Michigan, it’s fun to say ” Let’s go to lunch in Marquette!” (there’s a great place to get a whitefish sandwich) YES !!

  • cabri

    I’ve only been to the UP once and it was on a trip to Iron Mountain to see World Cup Ski Jumping during a two-day warm spell. My favorite part was driving just west of the bridge with the windows down and checking out the mounds of shattered ice and stretches of ice-glazed water on Lake Michigan. So many different colors of gray…

  • Carol Waltman

    There is no part of the UP that does not hold treasure for the eyes and the soul. My part is the Deer Park area and the Lake Superior shore from Whitefish Point to the Pictured Rocks. I also love Marquette, Manistique and especially Grand Marais. And the Mackinac Bridge. And Mackinac Island in the fall. And the trip through the Soo Locks. And the Keewenaw Peninsula… especially in the fall. And all the waterfalls in Alger County. But wait… there’s more!

  • Joe Lanciaux

    As in many places, taking the road less traveled will manifest many wonders and joys. The town of Curtis and the Manistique lakes, Bond Falls – especially on a weekday. Take the gravel road, slow down, and enjoy. You’ll be glad you did.

  • andrea

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  • Sharon Pratt

    Does anyone know what happened to the Double H Ranch on US 2? I used to go there as a kid and I know it burned down, tried to re-build…
    Is there anything there now and if so, do you know what the name of it is? God’s country says it all. Wish I could have moved there.

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  • Mickie

    Sharon: The Double H Ranch is mentioned on the website and you are right about the lodge burning down several years ago. Place was called Happy Hanks Double H Ranch previous to Carl and Beth Avery’s ownership. Their daughters are spread out around the country, one of them writes gambling books and lives near Reno, NV and Kerry lives in or around Traverse City. Not sure about Kyle but Kregg is the one in Nv. The property is supposedly undergoing some kind of development now but not sure what it is….