• Wonderful - The Great Waters

    Wonderful - The Great Waters

    Experience Michigan's Eastern Upper Peninsula, a magical place where the mighty Huron, Superior and Lake Michigan meet. Head north to The Great Waters and discover the wonder that is Pure Michigan.

    Audio courtesy of Midwest Living (Photographer Per Breiehagen)

  • The Shipwreck Coast in Michigan's Upper Peninsula is one of the "Drives of a Lifetime" -- National Geographic 

    Welcome to The Great Waters of Michigan's Eastern Upper Peninsula (UP). The Great Waters region of Michigan's UP offers endless opportunities to enjoy unspoiled natural beauty, unique history and off-the-beaten-track culture. Here you will find relaxation among the Upper Peninsula's serene landscapes, hidden lakes, quiet forests, tall timbers, rugged shores and coursing waterfalls. Here you will rediscover the amazement and awe of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and the gift of wonder that is Pure Michigan's Great Waters region.

  • Cedarville/Hessel/ Les Cheneaux Islands
    On the northern shore of Lake Huron, the villages of Cedarville and Hessel, along with 36 islands offshore, are known collectively as the Les Cheneaux area. Discover a mix of authentic northern Michigan experiences in a place that inspires wonder each day. Our towns share your passion for adventure and independence giving you space and time to explore and enrich your life.
    Munising has everything you need to create the perfect adventure vacation: Great lodging options, restaurants, shopping and services. Munising is also home to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, which is comprised of over 15 miles of shoreline along Lake Superior with sandstone cliffs reaching 200’ in height and along with the Hiawatha National Forest offer endless recreation opportunities. Explore 17 unique waterfalls in and around the Munising area.
    Centrally located in the heart of The Great Waters, Newberry is nestled deep in the beautiful Lake Superior State Forest – a forest full of lakes, streams, woods, and wetlands. A forest where wildlife abounds: birds and fish are plentiful. A forest just waiting for you to come and enjoy its many wonders. Magnificent Lake Superior is the northern border of the Newberry area.
    On the shores of Lake Superior’s Whitefish Bay is the community of Paradise, a true nirvana for rock hounds, bird watchers, anglers, and nautical history buffs alike. Immerse yourself in the spectacular outdoors in and around Paradise, where Tahquamenon Falls State Park, the Whitefish Point Lighthouse, and its many hiking trails await. Fish from the bank or put your boat in the water to catch your dinner.
    Sault Ste. Marie
    Rich in history and heavily influenced by the river that runs through it, Sault Ste. Marie offers a different perspective on the Eastern Upper Peninsula. Situated on the southern shore of St. Mary’s River, the community may be best known for the Soo Locks, an engineering marvel that allows ships to bypass a series of rapids that fall between Lake Superior and the lower Great Lakes. The river’s influence ripples throughout the area. World-class museums tell the story of the region and public parks allow visitors to get a closer look at this active river and the Canadian community to its north.
    St. Ignace
    For those who define a perfect day as one spent within sight of Lake Huron and Lake Michigan – welcome to St. Ignace. The historic community has made the most of its coveted spot in the Straits of Mackinac, offering vast and different experiences to the curious sightseer. Take a lazy stroll along the boardwalk and visit a lighthouse, marina, and fishing pier. Whether traveling by bicycle, automobile, or on foot, State Street delivers you to unique shops, tasty eateries and a variety other attractions, including scenic air tours of the area. Check out our two wonderful museums that hold so much history on our area.
    Explore Great Waters Trails
    Discover the splendor of Michigan's eastern Upper Peninsula (UP) on our trail network. This area is particularly rich in culture and history, and each trail highlights the attractions and destinations of the region.  Take a quest through deep forests to the mighty Tahquamenon Falls, see the quiet majesty of bald eagles and trumpeter swans at the Seney National Wildlife Refuge, play on a Lake Huron beach or waterfront pleasures of the Les Cheneaux Islands and lose yourself in the turn-of-the century charm and history that is Mackinac Island.  Wonder awaits on the Great Waters Trails.
    Discover sheltered bays, ancient paths, extraordinary geology and waterfalls. Explore Seney National Wildlife Refuge and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Hike the Hiawatha National Forest sand dunes and witness the earth's largest waterway traffic system, the Soo Locks, in action. These itineraries make it easy to plan your Michigan Great Waters escape.