Saint Ignace - Whitefish Point - Engadine

A driving tour through the Eastern Upper Peninsula of Michigan will provide you with a memorable experience. Don't forget to bring your camera. The wonderful fall colors provide a beautiful backdrop for photographing the beautiful lakes, waterfalls, and lighthouses.

Best Enjoyed: Mid-September to Early October
Approximate Length: 170 miles

Before leaving St. Ignace, be sure to visit the Father Marquette National Memorial. The memorial includes an outdoor interpretive trail, a picnicking area and a panoramic view of the Mackinac Bridge.

Head north out of St. Igance on I75 to M123 at Exit 352. Turn left onto M123 and continue north to Paradise through the Hiawatha National Forest. The northern hardwoods and conifers of the Hiawatha National Forest offer spectacular fall colors. At Paradise, follow Whitefish Point Road north to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum & Whitefish Point Light Station. View the fury of Lake Superior at the museum and take a trip back in time on a guided tour of the fully restored 1861 lightkeepers quarters of the oldest active light on Lake Superior.

Backtrack to Paradise and head west on M123 to Tahquamenon Falls State Park, one of the largest waterfalls west of Niagra. Tahquamenon Falls consists of the Upper and Lower Falls. The Upper Falls is 200 feet wide and drops nearly 50 feet. The Lower Falls consists of a series of five smaller falls surging around an island. It can be viewed from the riverbank or the island, and can be reached by rented rowboat. The park includes more than 30 miles of trails open to hikers and has one of Michigan's largest old-growth forest stands.

Continue west on M123 towards Newberry. At Four Mile Corner turn right on H-37 and go 4-1/2 miles to Oswald's Bear Ranch. This complex is the largest bear-only ranch in the United States. Here you will see 24 American Black Bears in their unique and natural habitats. All of the fenced in large habitats are well maintained and safe for your viewing. The ranch is open through September 30.
Newberry offers many hiking opportunities including the Canada Lake Pathway in the Lake Superior State Forest.

Continue south on M-123 to M-28. Turn right and head west to M-117. Turn left on M-117 and head south through Engadine to US-2. Turn left at US-2 and head east back to St. Igance.

About six miles east of Naubinway you will find Garlyn Zoological Park. See live cougar, bear, wolves, reindeer and more. Feed can be purchased to feed many of the animals. The kids will love it.

As you continue east the scenery along US-2 becomes increasingly gorgeous with bay views of Lake Michigan. In one grand stretch, the lake breaks through fully, and you're literally skimming a beachside causeway. Bordering the road are huge dunes, real sand dunes with green tufts of mixed grass sprouting amidst the golden grains.

Coming into St. Ignace along US-2, be sure to stop at a number of "scenic overlooks" west of town, all offering a chance to stretch and view the Mackinac Bridge over blue Lake Michigan. 

Father Marquette National Memorial
Straits State Park
720 Church Street
Saint Ignace, MI 49781
Phone: (906) 643-8620
On a rise overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, the Father Marquette National Memorial tells the story of that 17th-century missionary-explorer and the meeting of French and Native American cultures deep in the North American wilderness.
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum & Whitefish Point Light Station
18335 North Whitefish Point Road
PO Box 291
Paradise, MI 49768
Reservations: (906) 492-3747
Toll Free: (888) 492-3747
Phone: (906) 635-1742
The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, located at Michigan’s Whitefish Point Light-Station, is approximately 1.5 hours drive from the Mackinac Bridge. With more than 200 shipwrecks lying in the immediate vicinity, the area is known as Lake Superior’s Shipwreck Coast. The museum features top quality exhibits of shipwreck artifacts, artwork, shipwreck models, new exhibits and lifelike mannequins. We offer a series of maritime history programs featured throughout the season. Admission includes the Shipwreck Museum gallery, a 15-minute video and tour(s) of the restored 1861 Lightkeeper’s Quarters and the 1923 Lifeboat Station Surfboat House. The bell of the famous steamer Edmund Fitzgerald is on display and serves as a memorial to her crew. The famous Whitefish Point Light Tower is open for tours, with all fees benefiting its restoration. The museum is open every day, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from May 1 to October 31. Overnight lodging is available in the 1923 restored Coast Guard Lifesaving Crew’s Quarters. The Crew's Quarters is open April 1st through November 10th. Special discounted rates during April and May. Included with your Crew's Quarters overnight stay is admission to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and Whitefish Point Light Station and a 10% discount in the Shipwreck Coast Museum Store. We hope you enjoy your visit to the Shipwreck Museum at Whitefish Point!
Tahquamenon Falls State Park
41382 West M-123
Paradise, MI 49768
Reservations: (800) 447-2757
Phone: (906) 492-3415
One of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi, the Upper Falls has a drop of nearly 50 feet and is more than 200 feet across. Four miles downstream is the Lower Falls, a series of five smaller falls cascading around an island. Winter offers opportunity for snowmobiling, cross country skiing and snowshoeing with miles of marked trails. Four campgrounds with modern & rustic campsites. Tahquamenon Fall State Park has more than 40 miles of hiking trails, 13 inland lakes, 24 miles of the Tahquamenon River and approximately 20,000 acres of natural area. Ask about the Tahquamenon Fall Lodge.
Oswald's Bear Ranch
13814 County Road 407
Newberry, MI 49868
Phone: (906) 293-3147
This is a sanctuary for several black bears that visitors can see up close. Everybody can go around the outdoor habitats, fenced-in and situated on a lake in the woods - a perfect place for bears. It's a large preserve for the orphaned, abused, and last-chance bears in their natural setting. There are usually cubs here too, small enough to touch and take a picture with. Come check it out this summer - it's open daily from late May through September.
Canada Lake Pathway
Newberry Forest Unit
M-123, M-28 & Co. Rd. 403
Newberry, MI 49868
Phone: (906) 293-3293
14 mile, groomed ski, hike, bike trail. Near Natalie State Forest Campground.
GarLyn Zoo
W9104 US-2
Naubinway, MI 49762
Phone: (906) 477-1085
Providing a fun and educational experience for over 20 years. Kids love it - fun for the whole family! Stop in and see the new tiger exhibit. Located 40 minutes west of the Mackinac Bridge on US-2 just six miles east of Naubinway. See live tigers, black bear, alligator, cougar, bobcat, wolves, wallaby, camel, reindeer, ring-tailed lemur, sika deer, river otter and more. Feed the deer, goats, llama and even the bear. Enjoy your walk on cedar mulched trails under mature pine trees in a natural park-like setting. You'll also your visit to the zoo Gift Shop filled with wildlife related items for all ages. Open seven days a week April 1st until September 30th from 10am until 6pm. Open seven days in October from 10am until 5pm. Closed November through March.