Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse

A point in the storm and a guiding beacon since 1889, Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse helped passing ships navigate through the treacherous waters of the Straits of Mackinac. There’s just as much to see from the top of the tower as inside the original buildings. Authentically restored quarters and exhibits, including the original lens, a movie, Shipwrecks of the Straits, and the Straits of Mackinac Shipwreck Museum make this “Castle of the Straits” a true gem of the Great Lakes.

526 N Huron Ave
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Original Mackinaw Bridge Museum

Located above MaMa Mia’s Restaurant, the Mackinaw Bridge Museum was created by the restaurant’s owner, J. C. Stilwell, who was one of the Ironworkers who built the Mighty Mac – The Mackinac Bridge. The museum began when JC purchased a spinning wheel (used to build the massive Mackinac Bridge cables on the spot) and a copy of a movie about the building of the bridge. Ironworkers from around the country began donating items to the museum, including a diving suit, documents, photographs, and many tools and parts used during the construction of the Mackinac Bridge.

231 E. Central Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Oswald’s Bear Ranch

Bring the family to see Oswald’s Bear Ranch! This complex is the largest (bear only) Bear Ranch in the entire United States of America. Since opening to the public in 1997, Oswald’s Bear Ranch as grown tremendously over the years. We now have 29 bears, 2 huge habitats (1/2 and 1/3 mile perimeter) and 2 smaller habitats (1/4 mile perimeter each). The yearling bears have a wonderful waterfall within their habitat. Oswald’s Bear Ranch is one of the top ten family friendly Upper Michigan Attractions that is affordable and fun.

Located just 20 minutes south of Tahquamenon Falls, or from Newberry go 4 miles north on M-123 towards Tahquamenon Falls. Turn left at 4 Mile Corner (Deer Park Rd., Muskallonge Lake, H-37 H-407). Then it’s 4 1/2 more miles to see the home of Tyson Bear (died July 2, 2000) certified weight of 880 lbs. The Largest Black Bear in the U.S. and possibly the World.

Oswald’s Bear Ranch has 4 habitats that allow visitors to explore the perimeters and view these great live roaming bears. Platforms allow visitors to have a barrier free view of the bears. This is a great place to bring the family.

Open the Friday of Memorial Day Weekend through Sept. 30th
(Closed from Oct 1st until Memorial Day weekend)
Hours: 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. After Labor Day, hours are from 9:30 am – 4:00 pm
Admission: $20 per vehicle or $10 for lone traveler.

Oswald's Bear Ranch


Newberry, MI 49868 US

Paradise Lake Association

Paradise Lake Association was created as a non-profit organization in 1973 to preserve and protect the natural  environment of Paradise Lake and its surrounding watershed and to strengthen the community in which we live.

Community involvement and preservation of our natural surroundings are core principals  of the association.  And today, after more than 40 years of working tirelessly on behalf of the community,  the association still maintains a leadership role in spearheading conservation efforts in the community.

P.O. Box 2
Carp Lake, MI 49718 

Pharaohs Family Fun Center

This Egyptian themed fun center features miniature bowling, a laser maze, shooting gallery, billiards, arcade and much more. Welcoming your family for a fun filled experience.

328 S. Huron Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Sault Historic Sites

Sault Historic Sites was founded in 1967 as a nonprofit corporation with the mission of preserving, restoring, and presenting the history of Sault Ste. Marie to visitors and local residents alike. Starting with the acquisition of the Museum Ship Valley Camp, Sault Historic Sites now owns and operates several locations in Sault Ste. Marie. Be sure to visit our historical sites on your next trip to Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula.

501 E. Water St.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 

Sault Ste. Marie Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Place Where Michigan was Born

“We say life here is about drinking in the atmosphere; of looking up at the sky to see that night sky with the stars and the beauty, or to walk a trail and to think of those a thousand years earlier who walked it before you. It is the center of the Great Lakes, and it always has been.” – Cecil Pavlat, a cultural affairs expert and a member of the Sault Tribe of Chippewa Indians and lifelong resident of Sault Ste. Marie.

Sault Ste. Marie is celebrating its 350th anniversary in 2018 (1668-2018). Come visit us during this historic year-long celebration to commemorate our unique heritage, and to make your own memories of, “the Place Where Michigan was Born.”

We’re a diverse waterfront community, and we offer a wealth of things to see and do. Visit us for year-round recreational activitieshistorical sites, the world-famous Soo LocksTahquamenon Falls, spectacular lighthouses, and pristine natural environments.

225 E. Portage
Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 

Shepler’s Mackinac Island Ferry

The Shepler’s motto is specific and meaningful – give the best possible service with a smile, use modern equipment and employ a well-trained staff. From the early charter boat days to today, Shepler’s approach to transporting people to Mackinac Island has been one of class and value. Traditionally, half the fun of a Mackinac Island experience is a ride with Shepler’s.

556 E. Central Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Soo Locks Boat Tours

We are a top 5 Michigan Attraction that has been offering exciting tours through the famous Soo Locks since 1934. Over the years we have grown to a fleet of five tour vessels and two dock facilities in historic Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.

Located only 50 miles north of the Mackinac Bridge, we are a must-see destination in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula.

We offer a wide variety of maritime sightseeing adventures, including our popular Soo Locks sightseeing tours, enjoyable Luncheon and Dinner Cruises, and adventurous Lighthouse Cruises.

We also operate Fireworks Cruises and Fireworks Dinner Cruises for Canada Day on July 1 and Independence Day on July 4, plus many other Special Event Cruises.

  • See all four U.S. Locks, St. Mary’s Rapids, giant hydro-electric plants and Historic Canadian Lock.
  • Experience “locking through” from Lake Huron and Lake Superior.
  • Cruise underneath International Highway Bridge and get a sailor’s view of many interesting sites.
  • Cruise along side giant lake freighters & ocean vessels.
  • Learn of passing ships as you get a close up view from your boat.


Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 

Star Line Mackinac Island Ferry

Star Line Ferry was started by Tom Pfeiffelmann, Sam McIntire, and others in the late 1970s. They purchased Argosy Boat Line. The company was then renamed Star Line after the 5 original stockholders making up a 5 pointed star. At that time they operated slower ferries including the NicoletTreasure Islander and Flamingo.

In 1979 Star Line bought their first fast ferry, Marquette. Over the next few years the old LaSalle and Nicolet were replaced with sisters to the Marquette. In 1987 Star Line decided to take it up a notch with Radisson, an 85-foot fast ferry which was modeled after a luxury yacht.

In time the LaSalle, Nicolet, and Marquette also added hydro-jets with their trade mark rooster tails. In 1990 Star Line added Cadillac and in 1993 added Joliet. These boats were built in the style of the Radisson. In 2005,Marquette was sold to Davis Park Marine of Patchogue, NY. She was replaced by the larger Marquette II. And in 2006, Nicolet was also sold to Davis Park Marine.

801 S. Huron Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Straits Area Tour Company (Ugly Anne Boat Tours)

Water Tours and charters on the Straits of Mackinac and under the Mackinac Bridge.

229 S. Huron Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Top of Michigan Trails Council

Beginning in early 1994 and into the spring of 1995 Horace “Huffy” Huffman and Tom Bailey (both of the Little Traverse Conservancy) discussed between themselves, and later with other like minded individuals, the concept and need for a vehicle to coordinate and bring together numerous trail user groups in Emmet, Charlevoix and Cheboygan counties. Huffman and Bailey recognized a lack of overall coordination, direction and planning of recreational trail activity in Northern Lower Michigan to meet the demands of an expanding population and the rapid growth of tourism to the area.

The Mission

Huffman and Bailey already had pretty well established in their minds in rough form what the mission of the yet to be created organization should be. Various drafts were considered, reworked and finally set forth:

The Mission of the….(organization)…. is to facilitate the establishment of a multi-use, year ‘round, safe recreational trail system in Charlevoix, Cheboygan and Emmet counties.

This mission statement has been amended to include the terms “advocate for”, maintenance, and to delineate our geographical area as Northern Michigan.

1687 M-119
Petoskey, MI 49770 

Wawatam Senior Center

The purpose of Wawatam Area Senior Center is to provide services which may include , but not be limited to, meals, social activities, health awareness.

205 Cedar St.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701 

Wienerlicious

World’s Largest Wiener! We serve only the best Koegel’s brand hot dogs, famous for quality since 1916! Come in and enjoy one of our signature dogs including The Mackinaw, The Chicago Dog, Coney Dog, Spicy Italian, The Reuben Dog, or delicious Bratwurst!

102 E. Central Ave.
Mackinaw City, MI 49701