Monday, December 12, 2016

Temporary Snowmobile Trail Closure

Dec. 12, 2016
Contact: Jeff Kakuk, 906-563-9247, ext. 109 or John Pepin, 906-226-1352

Temporary snowmobile trail closure announced for Dickinson County

No trail reroute available for Michigan-Wisconsin border crossing
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources has temporarily closed a section of Snowmobile Trail No. 2, as work continues to repair railings and decking on a bridge between Michigan and Wisconsin, west of Iron Mountain.A Snowmobile Trail No. 2 bridge over the Menominee River, at the Michigan-Wisconsin border in Dickinson County, will be closed into next month.
“A recent engineering analysis of the Menominee River Bridge determined the railings and decking to be unsafe for snowmobile travel,” said Jeff Kakuk, DNR western U.P. trails specialist. “The DNR has worked as quickly as possible to get the railings and decking upgraded, but construction will drag into the snowmobile season resulting in a temporary trail closure.”
The snowmobile trail is closed between Pine Mountain Road in Michigan and Romitti Drive in Wisconsin until the bridge railings can be repaired. This closure is expected to remain in effect into January 2017.
There is not a feasible trail reroute available.
The Menominee River Bridge is a 392-foot-long, steel box truss span bridge constructed in 1901. Snowmobile Trail No. 2 utilizes the former Chicago Northwestern Railroad grade which originally traveled from Hermansville, Michigan to Hurley, Wisconsin. The snowmobile trail parallels the highway, providing recreational access to communities along the way.
Work on this repair project will consist of modifications to the existing railing to meet current safety standards. K & M Industrial LLC. of Gladstone has been contracted to do the work.
The project is being financed through Recreation Improvement Fund and Recreational Trails Program funding. The DNR's parks and recreation division is partnering with the Florence County (Wisconsin) Forestry and Parks Department, which will be co-funding the bridge improvements.
For more information on this project, contact Jeff Kakuk, DNR western Upper Peninsula trails specialist, at 906-563-9247, ext. 109.
To learn more about Michigan trails visit
/Note to editors: An accompanying photo is available below for download. A suggested caption follows. Credit: Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Bridge: A Snowmobile Trail No. 2 bridge over the Menominee River, at the Michigan-Wisconsin border in Dickinson County, will be closed into next month to make repairs to bridge decking and railings. No trail reroute is available./

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Join us for the 2016 Downtown Iron Mountain Christmas Walk! We will have Santa & Mrs. Claus along with other Christmas characters, a live nativity scene, warm drinks, caroling, family photo booth and more! December 8 from 5 - 8 pm!

Throughout Downtown local business will be decked out in the Christmas spirit. Festive store fronts, Christmas lights, & a whole lot of Holiday Spirit! Find great savings and unique gifts at our local retailers

Visit us online at to learn more.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Northbound Season 2 now in production

Sci-fi web series begins production in the Iron Mountain area and around Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Season 2 of “Northbound” is now in production in the Iron Mountain area and across Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Northbound is a series set in an abandoned, post-cataclysm wilderness and follows a handful of survivors as they eke out a daily existence and slowly unravel the mystery of an event that killed millions in a single day. The series is part of a much bigger project: a full-length feature film called Northstar, to which Northbound is a lead-in story.

Northbound is the creation of brothers Seth and Nathan Anderson, who are Iron Mountain natives now living in Los Angeles, and their production company partner Jason Hagen. The series be shot on location in Michigan's Upper Peninsula with production centered around Iron Mountain. Additional shooting will take place on the former grounds of KI Sawyer, a closed air force base near Gwinn, Michigan. Since deciding to shoot in the area, the production team has been able to gather a solid base of community support for the project.

The production is even looking for extras. The team is seeking extras for the upcoming Northbound, Season 2 shoots in Upper Michigan! To learn more about the series, Northstar sage and about becoming an extra, visit them online at:


You can also catch up on the Season 1 at Geeknation.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Beautiful Fall weekend to get outside.

Enjoy the mild fall temperatures while they last!

Even though most of the fall colors are gone and the leaves have mostly fallen off the trees, mild temperatures this weekend make it a great time to be outdoors.

Looking for some trails to walk or bike on, head on over to our Hiking and Biking page for information and maps on local trails:

Fumee Lake Natural Area: Fumee Lake Natural Area has over 1800 acres used in a wide variety of non-motorized activities.  This includes over 10 miles of trails. Some are flat wide trails for easy walking, while others are more "single track" trails that are a bit more difficult.   

Iron Mountain City Park:  The Iron Mountain City Park has over 5 miles of trails, along with a large playground area, Frisbee golf and enclosed deer pen. The trails are paved, wide and single track, with some areas more difficult than others.

Riverside Trails in Niagara: Located on the northern end of the City of Niagara, you can access these walking trails from Highway 141. Take Washington Avenue east about 1/2 mile to Tyler Road, turn left at the 4-way stop. There are three trail heads along the east side of Tyler Road with parking. Take time to hike, bike, cross country ski, or snowshoe in this pristine area. Enjoy the wooded beauty of the seasons along these trails from the upper ridges overlooking the Menominee River Valley or down along the river.

Fishing: Great weather to be out on the boat and enjoying some fresh air before the ice covers our water ways. Head over to our Fishing page for information on area lakes and rivers and links to maps and the State of Michigan fishing guide.

For a weekend look at our Events and Nightlife, head over to the homepage and check out the "WHATS HAPPENING"  page for what's going on around town this weekend.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

"Haunted" fun this October

Are you looking for some haunted fun before Halloween this year??

Iron Mountain and Norway have you covered if you are looking for some "Haunted" fun this Halloween season. The "Haunt on the Hill" is a family fun "haunted yard" and for those who like things a bit "scarier" Mr Black present "The Traveling Murder Show".

"Haunt on the Hill" is located just two blocks off of US-2 in Norway.  Pat and Cathy have always
enjoyed dressing up their yard for Halloween. They have expanded that by making many of the props themselves. Cathy is the artist and Pat handles the construction side of things to give you a one of a kind experience.  They will open on October 15, and will be open daily from 5 - 8 pm. Hope you get out to enjoy this fun, safe outdoor show that is always FREE.

Mr Black presents "The Traveling Murder Show" at the Braumart theater. This a fully interactive show featuring two different stages of entertainment. "The Sisters Black Stage" will feature three sisters who each has their own ability and aim to never let you leave their theater of darkness (rated 6 of 10 in intensity). "The Basement" is not for the faint of heart. Mr Black himself will be featured in this room, so enter at your own risk! (Rated 9 out of 10 in intensity). The shows will occur on Friday and Saturday, October 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29. For times and tickets, visit the website

Two great venues to enjoy all the "spookiness" of Halloween in the Iron Mountain/Norway Area!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Downtown Iron Mountain Oktoberfest

Authentic Bavarian Oktoberfest Downtown Iron Mt. September 24

Richie Yurkovich & Polkarioty
The historical background: the first Oktoberfest was held in the year 1810 in honor of the Bavarian Crown Prince Ludwig's marriage to Princess Therese von Sachsen-Hildburghausen. The festivities began on October 12, 1810 and ended on October 17 with a horse race. In the following years, the celebrations were repeated and, later, the festival was prolonged and moved to September.
By moving the festivities up, it allowed for better weather conditions. Because the September nights were warmer, the visitors were able to enjoy the gardens outside the tents and the stroll over "die Wiesen" or the fields much longer without feeling chilly.

At Downtown Iron Mountain's Oktoberfest you will enjoy continuous entertainment, polka dancing, hammerschlagen, sing-alongs and fun for all. Delicious and authentic German food will be available at this year’s Oktoberfest including specialties from Steinhaus in Marquette, MI and Milwaukee Pretzel Company. Plus we will have BEER! Oktoberfest market will feature glass steins, alpine hats, and fresh t-shirt designs for purchase. 

Activities include: (10am to 10pm, $5, 13 and younger free) 
Harvest market from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Extensive Children’s area from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Children’s pretzel eating contest 11:30 a.m.
Mr. and Mrs. Oktoberfest stein holding competition 5:30 p.m.
Darryl Seria Project from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Richie Yurkovich & Polkarioty 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Next Myle from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Beer demonstrations with Tri-County Fermenters
Festmeister chants with Mark Klossner
13 beers on tap
Savory German dishes

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Pine Mountain Ski Jumping Tournament

 It’s time again for the “Greatest Show on Snow”! More than 10 Countries are expected to participate in the 2016 Bellin Health Pine Mountain Continental Cup Ski Jumping Competition in Iron Mountain, Michigan, February 19-21.


Celebrating the competition’s 77th year, ski jumpers from around the globe will gather in Iron Mountain to try to claim king of the mountain at the 120 meter Pine Mountain Ski Jump.  Known around the world as one of the more challenging ski jumping venues, Giant Pine Mountain has attracted some of the world’s top ski jumpers.  Countries expected to compete in the 2016 competition include Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Norway, Sweden, Poland, Slovenia, Canada, Kazakhstan, Finland, Germany, Turkey and the United States.


The schedule of events include:


Thursday, February 18,  6:00 – 8:00 p.m. “Meet The Skiers” at Pine Mountain Resort. This is an informal gathering to meet the skiers and coaches as well as to get autographs. There is no charge for this event, although reservations are requested by calling the Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance at (906) 774-2002.


Friday, February 19, 10 AM Training Rounds begin.


Saturday, February 20, 11:00 a.m. Trial Round; 12:15 p.m. Opening Ceremony;
1:00 p.m. Competition begins.


Sunday, February 9, 11:00 a.m. Trial Round begins; 1:00 p.m. Competition begins




Pre-sale admission buttons are available at several locations throughout the Iron Mountain/Kingsford area or by mail order thru the Dickinson Area Chamber Alliance. To order, call (906) 774-2002. Pre-sale buttons are $20 for Adults and $15 for Students 11-17 years of age; kids 10 and under are free. Pre-sale admission buttons are available now through Thursday, February 18. Gate prices are $25 for adults and $20 for students.


This is the largest tailgate party in the Midwest in the month of February! Bring your grills, brats and beverages and watch some of the world’s best ski jumpers! Concessions will be available on site. Carry-ins and tailgating are welcomed.


For additional information visit