Come away with great UP memories

ONTONAGON – The unofficial motto of the Western Upper Peninsula – especially in Ontonagon and Gogebic counties – may be “Come Wander!” There is so much to see and do here, especially in the outdoors, that you will need days to see it all.

Hikers and campers are invited to explore the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park. The park has interpretive activities beginning Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day. Call 906-885-5275 for a list of events, or visit

One of our favorite places to take visiting relatives is “Old Victoria,” a collection of preserved miners dwellings in Rockland. It opens for the season on June 11. Check their Facebook for schedule of hours and events. Bergland and Ontonagon both have museums for rainy days options.

Fishermen will bring home smiles along with their catch of the day after spending time on sprawling Lake Gogebic. The lake has over 13,300 acres of pristine water, with portions in Ontonagon County and Gogebic County (and in two time zones!). Time your visit for the weekend of June 11 & 12 and you won’t need a fishing license (bag limits apply) as it’s Michigan’s free fishing weekend.

No matter where you wet your line, there’s probably a fishing contest. That includes the Lake Gogebic Chamber, which offers a monthly fishing contest beginning May 15 through Oct. 14. Visit for details.

Stop by at the Ottawa National Forest Visitor Center in Watersmeet for the lowdown on this huge forest. The center offers interpretive programs, sales items, hiking trail maps, nature films, permits and other information.

Waterfalls are special attractions in the UP. Bond Falls is among professional photographers’ favorite places to visit. Access is easy with a designated parking area (fee) at the base of the falls. The walkway is handicap accessible