When you make your way to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, expect to slow down and enjoy the calm of nature. Just because it’s quiet, though, don’t expect to be bored. Though there are countless activities to keep you and your family busy in the U.P., don’t leave Munising before you tackle of a few of these fun things to do. Before or after your Paddling Michigan trip, enjoy a few of these exciting excursions in the beautiful town of Munising.
- Look for shipwrecks as you enjoy the waters. Because Munising is one of the few safe havens for ships that move across the waters of the Great Lake Superior, the area sees more wreckages than most. In fact, some of these wreckages have been preserved and are cared for by the Alger Underwater Preserve. Boaters and scuba divers alike can find these amazing shipwrecks. For information on location and navigation, check out their website.
- Go fishing. There are few places more perfect for year round fishing than Munising, MI – and not just in Lake Superior. Find brook trout in Mosquito, Seven Mile, and Hurricane Rivers, among others. Miners River and Munising Bay offer opportunities for lake trout, salmon, steelhead, bluegill, walleye, and many more kinds of fish. Check out this table for information on where to go and limits.
- Find birds unique to the area and listen for their calls. Birding is a great pastime for visitors and townies alike, and in the quiet of forests and during hikes, you’ll have the opportunity to hear over 400 kinds of birds. Many people visit the area just to catch the sight of some rare birds as they make their way across the United States.
- Taste wild blueberries and thimbleberries along a hike. Though you shouldn’t eat just any berry you see while hiking or walking through the woods, blueberries and thimbleberries abound in the nature of the U.P. To be safe, never eat a berry if you can’t first identify it, so it may be helpful to know what to expect to see so you know ahead of time whether what you see is what you think it is!
- Discover Miners Castle. Miners Castle is one of the most famous landmarks of the Pictured Rocks shoreline, named because of its unique rock formation. As the only cliff accessible by car, it’s one not to miss. Breathtaking views of Grand Island and Lake Superior await you at the cliff’s edge. There’s another viewing area that requires some stair-climbing, but the views are worth it.
You may not need more to do after your kayaking adventure, but if your Munising stay offers an extra day or two of exploration, don’t miss out on all the fun that’s here. Of course, there are miles of hiking trails and isolated camping sites that are sure to fill in other pieces of your day. One thing is for sure – there’s no space for boredom in the beauty of the country’s first national lakeshore.