Manistique Tourism Council
www.visitmanistique.com
Episode: 8018 "AN UPPER PENINSULA GETAWAY" Travel Planner
A Historic Getaway: Travel to the Upper Peninsula with us as we step back in time. Our stops will include the smelting town of Fayette located in Snail Shell Harbor and then we will explore the Seul Choix Point Light House. Join us as we tour, hike and explore the history of the U.P.
We have collected information and web links related to the area and combined them here with photos we took and video clips from the show in what we hope will be a helpful guide as you plan your trip. Feel free to select only one or two activities per day according to your family’s interests. For assistance or for more information, call the Manistique Tourism Council 1 (800) 342-4282. Have fun!
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Lighthouse SEUL CHOIX POINT LIGHT
Location 672 N. West Gulliver Lake Road
Gulliver, MI 49840
Phone: (906) 283-3183
Description Seul Choix Point Lighthouse (pronounced SIS-SHWA) in nearby Gulliver, Michigan was built to light the way for the increasing number of vessels carrying the iron ore that was being shipped out of Escanaba, MI. Seul Choix Point Lighthouse is now a community park for everyone to enjoy. Built in 1895 this light, whose name is French for "only choice", was once the center of a thriving fishing community in the only harbor of refuge along this stretch of Lake Michigan. Today, the lighthouse complex is the only thing that remains active.
Links » Seul Choix Point Light [Pure Michigan]

Wildlife SENEY NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
Location 1674 Refuge Entrance Road
Seney, Michigan 49883
Phone: (906) 586-9851
Visitor Center: Open May 15th - October 20th | 9am - 5pm Daily
Description The refuge Headquarters and Visitor Center are located on Highway M-77 approximately 3 miles north of Germfask, Michigan and 15 miles northwest of Curtis, Michigan. It is one of the best wildlife excursions you can make, it is managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Link for more information.
Links » Seney National Wildlife Refuge [U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service]

Water Attraction KITCH-IT-KIPI (THE BIG SPRING) AT PALMS BOOK STATE PARK
Location LAT 46.004772000000003 LONG -86.385047
Manistique, Michigan 49854
Approximate Size: 388 Acres
Phone: (906) 341-2355
Description Palms Book is a rewarding side trip for the vacationer touring the Upper Peninsula, for here can be seen one of Michigan's alluring natural attractions -- Kitch-iti-kipi, The Big Spring. Two hundred feet across, the 40-foot deep Kitch-iti-kipi is Michigan's largest freshwater spring. Over 10,000 gallons a minute gush from fissures in the underlying limestone. The flow continues throughout the year at a constant 45 degree Fahrenheit. By means of a self-operated observation raft, visitors are guided to vantage points overlooking fascinating underwater features and fantasies. Ancient tree trunks, lime-encrusted branches and fat trout appear suspended in nothingness as they slip through crystal waters far below. Clouds of sand kept in constant motion by gushing waters create ever-changing shapes and forms, a challenge to the imagination of young and old alike.
Links » Palms Book State Park [Michigan DNR]
» Kitch-it-kipi [Manistique Tourism Council]

History FAYETTE HISTORIC STATE PARK
Location 4785 II Road
Garden, Michigan 49835
Phone: (906) 644-2603
Description Fayette was once one of the Upper Peninsula's most productive iron-smelting operations. Located on the Garden Peninsula at Snail Shell Harbor. When the charcoal iron market began to decline, the Jackson Iron Company closed its Fayette smelting operation in 1891. It is now a completly restored village including 22 historic buildings, museum exhibits and the visitor center, which can be toured May through October. The historic site is located in Fayette State Park.
Links » Fayette Historic State Park [Michigan DNR]
» Fayette Historic Townsite [Michigan DNR]

Fish THOMPSON STATE FISH HATCHERY
Location 944 South State Highway M-149
Manistique, Michigan 49854
Phone: (906) 341-5587
Description The Thompson Fish Hatchery is located about eight miles west of Manistique on County Road 149. It is one of six hatcheries operated by the Fisheries Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and is open for tours. Most of the hatchery's annual production is cold water species such as brook trout, splake, brown trout, rainbow trout and chinook salmon most of which is planted in Upper Peninsula waters.
Links » Thompson State Fish Hatchery [Michigan DNR]

Lighthouse MANISTIQUE EAST BREAKWATER LIGHT & MANISTIQUE BOARDWALK
Location LAT 45.944786 LONG -86.247654
Coastline, Manistique, Michigan 49854
Year First Lit: 1916
Automated: 1969
Description The Manistique Breakwater lighthouse is located in the harbor of Manistique, Michigan. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Boardwalk runs down the Lake Michigan shore in the town of Manistique. Go for an early morning walk or take an afternoon and picnic in the park. You can view the Manistique Lighthouse or ships passing by. It is a wonderfull way to spend a day.
Links » Manistique East Breakwater Light [Manistique Tourism Council]
» The Boardwalk on Lake Michigan [Manistique Tourism Council]
 


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