climate much milder than the rest
of the Upper Peninsula, invites outdoor
activities year round. Swimming, camping,
hiking, tennis, volleyball or golf
are widely available during summer.
Autumn brings hunting season and spectacular
color. All along the roadways, the
woods burst into a glorious display
of red, gold, yellow and orange. In
winter, visitors and residents alike
enjoy cross country skiing, ice skating,
hockey, snowmobiling and ice fishing.
In springtime, soon after the snow
melts and creek and river waters begin
to warm, the annual smelt dipping
season begins. Springtime runoff brings
excitement to canoeing and canoe races.
all seasons, there is something to
do in Delta County. Escanaba has 412
acres of parks within the city and
Gladstone has over 500 acres of parks
within its boundaries. Other parks
and recreation areas abound throughout
mile-long Ludington Park, which includes
Aronson Island, is located at the
end of Ludington Street in Escanaba.
It offers a beach with lifeguards
and bath house facilities, lighted
tennis courts, picnic areas, playgrounds,
and a fantasyland castle, as well
as an 18 station self guided fitness
circuit, a bicycle path and a boat
ramp. Fishing is permitted on the
municipal dock and in the Sand Point
area adjacent to the park. An accessible
fishing pier was added on Aronson
Island in 1995. You can play volleyball
on the sand volleyball court, watch
or play softball on the softball diamond,
and on Wednesday nights during the
summer, listen to the band concerts.
The snow-sliding hill attracts those
who enjoy sledding.
Cleve Park in Gladstone offers a large
sandy beach, lifeguards, bath house
and a picnic area. The residents of
Gladstone worked together to build
a wonderful fantasyland castle on
the park grounds. The Gladstone Yacht
Harbor is next to the park. A boat
launch is available.
is as much activity off the water
as there is on in the Bays de Noc
Fayette State Park on Big Bay de
Noc, the remains of an iron smelting
furnace stands as a monument to
Upper Michigan's iron ore history.
The village takes you back to a
time when life was tough for the
immigrants looking for a better
life in America.
20 buildings are still standing
in the old company town. Many are
furnished as they would have been
in the late 1800's.
that time, it took three hours to
travel to Escanaba by boat and two
days by stagecoach. Today Fayette
is easily accessible by either boat
or vehicle. The park offers camping,
picnicing and swimming. There are
trails, winding through the historic
townsite and an information center
to learn more about life as it used
to be at Fayette.
more information on the Fayette
Historic Townsite visit their website
Vegas is only a 13 mile drive from
Escanaba at the Chip-In Casino in
Harris. Games of blackjack, poker,
craps, live keno and bingo are offered
as well as money wheel, slots and
pull-tabs. It's legal gambling and
it's Las Vegas style.
limits range from $1 to $50 for
black jack and craps and $1 to $3
for poker. Casino profits go into
a fund for tribal sponsored activities.
motels in the area offer a casino
package including room, meals and
free playing chips.
leisurely way to spend a day is
on one of seven golf courses in
Gladstone Golf Club has one of the
most challenging courses in the
Upper Peninsula. The newly developed
18 hole course is located about
five miles north of Gladstone along
the Days River.
open ranges at the Highland Golf
Club offers a challenge to golfers
of all abilities. The 18 hole course
is six miles west of Escanaba.
Escanaba Country Club on the south
side of Escanaba is semi-private
and has recently opened a new 9
holes, making this a challenging
18 hold layout.
nine hole courses are the Nahma
Golf Club along the west shores
of Big Bay de Noc, Country Meadows,
just south of Escanaba and Tri Valley
Recently renovated, the Sand
Point Lighthouse that once
guided boats entering Little Bay
de Noc. This lighthouse is located
near Delta County Historical Society
Museum in Escanaba's Ludington Park.
more information on the Sand Point
Lighthouse visit their web page
Peninsula Point Lighthouse is located
on the very tip of the Stonington
Peninsula, you can climb the 40-foot
lighthouse that was built in 1866.
There is a spectacular view of Lake
Michigan from the top.
tower is all that remains of the
lighthouse that sat at the end of
the point which separates Big Bay
De Noc from Little Bay De Noc in
Lake Michigan. The keepers residence
was razed by fire in 1959. The tower
is open to the public and is part
of the Hiawatha National Forest.
Bay de Noc Grand Island Trail in
the Hiawatha National Forest is
one of the best horse trails in
40 mile trail winds along a ridge
overlooking the Whitefish River
Valley where Indians portaged canoes
between Little Bay de Noc and Grand
Island on Lake Superior.
many cross country ski trails in
Delta County offer an excellent
diversion from ice fishing.
Rapid River Trail is seven miles
north of Rapid River. The scenic
Days River Pathway is next to the
Gladstone Golf Club, north of Gladstone.
On the western outskirts of Escanaba
is the Escanaba Cross Country Pathway.
And trials wind through Fayette
State Park on Big Bay de Noc.
Gladstone Ski Park offers cross
country and downhill skiing as well
as a newly constructed tube run.
vivid history of the Bays de Noc
comes to life at the Delta County
Historical Society Museum in Escanaba's
Ludington Park. Walk through the
mounds of antiques that tell the
story of the area's past. Nearby
the Society recently renovated the
Point Lighthouse that once
guided boats entering Little Bay
U.P. Stream and Gas Engine Association's
Agricultural and Logging Museum
on the U.P. State Fairgrounds features
the sturdy machinery of days past.
On display are the machines and
tools used to settle the Upper Peninsula.
former one-room schoolhouse is the
site of the Garden Peninsula Historical
Museum. The building, recently moved
into Garden, dates back to the turn
of the century and shows artifacts
of the area's history.
Bays de Noc are the center of massive
connecting snowmobile trails that
crisscross the Upper Peninsula.
These trails connect Escanaba with
Manistique. Munising, Gwinn, and
Felch Grade Trail connects north
of Escanaba on U.S. 2 and 41 behind
the Days Inn. The Nahama Grade Trail
follows old railroad beds used for
logging. It connects just east of
Rapid River off Co. Rd. 509. Request
a detailed trail map from the Chamber
William Bonifas Fine Arts Center
in Escanaba is the showcase of the
area's talent. Each month the Alice
Uren Powers Gallery features artwork
from throughout the Upper Peninsula.
romanesque building is also home
to Players de Noc who perform live
theatre productions. A performing
arts series of entertainment debuted
in 1995. Classes for young and old
and Bay Area Association and its
many guilds are located at the art
County is becoming a major shopping
area for Upper Peninsula residents.
Escanaba offers a beautiful downtown
with distinctive shops along the
mile long Ludington Street. Lincoln
Road is growing up fast with the
Delta Plaza and several other small
malls along the busy highway.
town shopping can be found in Gladstone,
Rapid River, and Garden. Each community
features, quaint shops along their
Places to Visit in Gladstone, Michigan
Pet Casket Company
Learn the history of the pet burial
phenomena, view the manufacturing
and assembly, stroll through a model
pet cemetery, unique columbarium(like
a mausoleum,) the innovative memory
wall and colorful gardens.
Manufacturers of quality marble
hunting knives, hatches and
de Noc Lure Company
Manufacturing fine fishing lures
like the world famous Swedish Pimple
and other great fishing spoons.
Check out their website at http://www.baydenoclure.com.