The best kept secret for a summer family vacation in the midwest is Ski Brule! Ski Brule is well known for winter fun but those that have visited during the summer know that it is a well-kept secret for a summer Michigan vacation! The area offers peaceful, quiet, beautiful lakes and rivers with crystal clear water, ATV trails, bike trails, golf, fishing, rafting and more! It’s an outdoor enthusiast’s dream vacation, at a great price!
Located in Iron Country and the Upper Peninsula, Ski Brule’s Michigan resort is only a short drive from breathtaking waterfalls, shopping, museums and casinos. Your family will always have something to do or see on a Ski Brule summer family vacation.
Day trip ideas on your Iron County Michigan Vacation or Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Brule Sporting Clays at Ski Brule Resort:
What are Brule Sporting Clays?
Sporting clays is a shotgun shooting game in which clay pigeons are presented to the gunner in ways that mirror the flight pattern of game birds, or occasionally rabbits, in their natural habitats. The shooting grounds are laid out in stations, with each station representing one type of bird or a combination of game; a rabbit and a grouse, for example. At each station, clay pigeons are thrown in pairs or singly. A course consists of several different stations, with a total of 50 or 100 targets. Sometimes birds from the same traps may be shot from different positions, so the gunner sees the same target from entirely different angles, which creates entirely new shooting presentation. With variations in trap position, trap speed, shooting position, and flight paths of different types of target size, targets can come through the trees, straight down, over your head, quartering, going away, left to right, right to left, and in any path a real bird might choose. It’s a great way to prepare for bird season!
Here at Brule Sporting Clays, shooters walk a half-mile course, stopping at shooting stations designed to reproduce natural hunting situations. Road Reaction, 60′ Tower, Grouchy Grouse, Duck Pond and over 50 separate shooting fields are ready for the first time shooter and the competitor. Guns, ammo, instruction, food and beverages are available at the clubhouse. Walk-ins are welcome, reservations appreciated.
“I truly want to express my appreciation for the staff: target setters and especially the trappers. I travel all over the world shouting and shooting – nowhere surpasses your team as genuine and lovable people (especially the girls), even the lady who gave me such a hard time about my losing 3 meal cards. It is rare to have the warmth and good fellowship. People were genuinely happy when someone did well (except me who really was offended by those who beat me). Prices were right. I am a certified target setter and I applaud those targets. Key is: were they all hittable? and they were. Love you all – you made my summer…” ~ Len
~ Doc the Humble
50 and 100 Round courses are available daily. Unlike other shotgun sports, sporting clays is always fresh, new and different. Different target presentations, new shooting stands weekly and depending on which way the wind blows … the flight pattern can change during your round. This quick, thinking, reaction and aim is a great way to get ready for bird season. Sporting Clays is not only for avid shooting sports enthusiasts. First time shooters have the opportunity to safely learn how to handle a firearm, load and shoot. Often times breaking targets even on their first attempt shooting. You’ll be surprised at how much fun you can have shooting.
Everything you need for a day of shooting, including guns, ammo, instruction, food and beverages, is conveniently available for you at the clubhouse. You never know what you’re going to get at Brule Sporting Clays. Birds in the same trap are sometimes shot from different positions, and there are many variations in trap position, trap speed, shooting position, flight paths and target size. A day on our courses will leave you on your toes and ready for whatever bird season can throw at you. It’s a family activity found in the northwoods of the Upper Peninsula.
Reservations are appreciated, but walk-ins are also welcome!
- Open Friday through Sunday in April, May, June, September 1-28 and midweek by reservation
- Daily Shooting July 1-August 30
- 50 Targets for $20 / 100 Targets for $30
- Gun Rental $10
Summer Michigan Lodging: The same beautiful luxury chalets and condos that you enjoy during the winter are available at substantially discounted summer lodging rental rates. Nightly, weekly and monthly rentals are available.
|Brule Village Summer Rates||Chalets/ Condo Connect Interiorly||Bedrooms||Loft Sleeping Area||Bathrooms||Twin Beds||Full/Queen||Twin Daybed w/Trundle||Hot Tub||Sauna||Fireplace/ Woodstove /Gas Fireplace||Allows Pets $25/Pet/ Night||Amenities/ Conditions Star Rating||Nightly Rate Includes # Of Guests||Summer||Weekly||Monthly Apr./May/ June/Sept./
|Chalets & Condos|
|Big Bear Top||N||3||1.5||2||0/3||0||P||N||FP||N||4||8||$225||$1,350||$1,500||$2,250|
|Big Bear Bottom||N||2||1||2||1/1||0||P||N||GF||N||3.5||6||$150||$900||$1,200||$1,500|
|Beaver Lodge Top||Y||3||1.5||3||3||0||P||Y||GF||N||3.5||8||$225||$1,350||$1,500||$2,250|
|Beaver Lodge Bottom||Y||2||1.5||2||1/0||1||P||Y||GF||N||3||6||$150||$900||$1,200||$1,500|
|Bull Moose Top||Y||3||2||4||2/1||0||P||N||FP||Y||3||10||$225||$1,350||$1,500||$2,250|
|Eagle’s Nest Top||Y||2||Y||1.5||4||1/1||0||P||Y||FP||N||3.5||8||$225||$1,350||$1,500||$2,250|
|Eagle’s Nest Bottom||Y||2||1||0||2/0||0||N||GF||N||3||4||$150||$900||$1,200||$1,500|
|Spruce Haven Top||N||3||1||2||0/2||0||P||N||FP||Y||3||6||$175||$1,050||$1,200||$1,750|
|Spruce Haven Bottom||N||2||1||2||0/1||0||P||N||FP||Y||3||4||$125||$750||$950||$1,250|
|2 night minimum stay all properties except Pioneer Lodge – 1 night & Anderson Lake – 5 nights.|
Check in is at 4:00 p.m. & check out is noon in the Village and 10:00 at Anderson Lake. Late check out (6:00 p.m.) will be extended to guests staying in properties that do not have new guests checking in on your departure date. Check with the Lodging Office for availability of late check out (6 p.m.)
Canoe Rentals: Ski Brule offers a variety of water terrain from waters that rush around your raft, rolling and bobbing you down the river, to water terrain where the only sound is the intermittent swish of your paddle. Ski Brule rents rafts, tubes and canoes for trips on the Brule River. An abundant variety of wildlife will be found on the 47 miles of the river. Canoe and tube rentals are available at Ski Brule.
A variety of locations provide summer activities. With 314 lakes and 900 miles of rivers, there is something for everyone. Some like relaxing at the beach. Pentoga Park, Runkle Lake Park, Ice Lake Park and Sunset Lake Park are just some of the sites that draw visitors in the summer. Being at the beach or having a family picnic can be relaxing as well as offer an opportunity for groups to gather.
The Iron River, Paint River and Brule River are just a few of the river routes for canoeists and kayakers to explore. Or, pick a lake and paddle to your heart’s content.
- Canoe Rental: $25/day
Michigan Golf Courses: Ski Brule staff will arrange tee times at the challenging 18-hole championship George Young Golf Course located on Chicaugon Lake. Or, you may want the tradition of fast, well-trapped greens at the Iron River Country Club located off of M-189. Both courses are within a 15-minute drive of Ski Brule Resort.
Iron County offers the best in Upper Michigan golf courses and clubs. Come and experience all three of our exciting courses, which offer challenging courses, fantastic scenery, warm hospitality and fun for all ages. All three are open to the public and each also has a clubhouse.
George Young Golf Course situated along Chicaugon Lake about 8 miles east of Iron River is a championship 18-hole course. At 7,100 yards long, it’s the longest 18-hole course in the Upper Peninsula.
Iron River Country Club is a 9-hole golf course located on M-189 just 2 miles south of Iron River. Close to all the city offers, this course offers a shorter layout. A small stream runs through the course.
Crystal View Golf Course is another 9-hole course located one-half mile east of downtown Crystal Falls off M-69. It’s challenging as it runs through a hilly terrain and along the banks of the beautiful Paint River. It also overlooks the city
Michigan Hunting: Hunters looking for an opportunity to take that whitetail buck, goose, duck or turkey will find no better place to pursue their dream than in the area surrounding Ski Brule Village. There are thousands of acres of state, federal and CFR lands available to hunt this Michigan Hunting season. Iron County Michigan is where the legends about duck and goose hunting were born. The hunting is like you always wished it could be. From the first flight of mallards to the last huge flock of geese, this prime hunting area has traditionally attracted some of the largest concentrations of waterfowl. Hunting opportunities abound in Iron County, and with liberal harvest quotas and baiting laws, the chance for success is better here than anywhere we know!
Sportsmen are drawn to Iron County for its superb hunting found in prime forestland and on the many waterways dotting the county. Hunters have opportunities to harvest a trophy white-tailed deer and daily bag limits of grouse, woodcock and waterfowl. With more than 425,000 acres of public land open to hunters, and vast miles of roads and hunting trails offering easy access to prime locations
More Information on Michigan Hunting Seasons:
*Cottontail Rabbit and Snowshoe Hare: Sept. 15 – Mar. 31
*Crow: Aug. 1 – Sept. 30 and Feb. 1 – Mar. 31
- Early Antlerless Firearm: Sept. 17-18, 2016
- Liberty Hunt: Sept. 17-18, 2016
- Independence Hunt: Oct. 13-16, 2016
- Archery: Oct. 1 – Nov. 14 and Dec. 1 – Jan. 1, 2016
- Regular Firearm: Nov. 15-30, 2016
- Late Antlerless Firearm: Dec. 19, 2016 - Jan.1, 2017
*Pheasant (male only):
*Quail: Oct. 20 – Nov. 14
*Ruffed Grouse: Sept. 15 – Nov. 14 and Dec. 1 – Jan. 1
*Sharp-tailed Grouse: Oct. 10-31
*Squirrel – Fox and Gray (black phase included): Sept. 15 – Mar. 1
- Spring Season: Apr. 18 - May 31, 2016 (see Spring Turkey Digest for applicable units)
- *Fall Season: Sept. 15 – Nov. 14 (see Fall Turkey Digest for applicable untis)
Woodcock: Sept. 24 - Nov. 7, 2016
*Opossum, porcupine, weasel, red squirrel, skunk, ground squirrel, woodchuck, feral swine, feral pigeons, starling and house sparrows may be taken year-round with a valid Michigan hunting license.
2016 Limited-License Hunt Calendar
Drawing Results are posted online only. Applicants will not be notified by mail.
Spring Wild Turkey
Application Period: January 1 – February 1
Drawing Results Posted Online: March 1
Leftover Licenses (On sale at 10am)
- March 8th – Applicants Only
- March 15th – Over-the-Counter
Application Period: May 1 – June 1
Drawing Results Posted Online: June 29
Application Period: May 1 – June 1
Drawing Results Posted Online: June 29
Leftover Licenses (On sale at 10am)
- July 6th – Lifetime License Holders
- July 13th – Applicants
- July 20th – Over-the-Counter
Fall Wild Turkey
Application Period: July 1 – August 1
Drawing Results Posted Online: August 11
Leftover Licenses (On sale at 10am)
- August 18th – Applicants Only
- August 25th – Over-the-Counter
Michigan Fishing: While local fishermen may not be willing to tell you “exactly” where to set your line, you’ll find them in the waterways that dot the 1,168 square miles of Michigan fishing lakes. Iron County is blessed with an abundance of cold, quality trout waters offering 38,000 plus miles of classified trout streams. Remarkably, 868 miles are considered premier top-quality streams, which Michigan classifies as its Blue Ribbon Trout Streams.
There are 314 lakes and approximately 900 miles of rivers in Iron County. Enjoy fishing for Walleye, Northern Pike, Bass, Musky, Yellow Perch, Blue Gill and Sunfish, Black Crappie, Bullhead, and Brook Trout. Listed below you will find 11 of our popular lakes, there are many more to explore. Whether you prefer to fish by boat, on shore, along the river’s or lake’s edge, you will find an excellent variety of choices for you, your family and friends to enjoy!
Fishing is one of the top family fun activities in Iron County, and its lakes and streams provide excellent sport fishing. Whether you prefer fishing from shore, in a boat on a lake, or donning hip-boots or waders for stream-fishing, Iron County’s got a place for you.
Fishing In Iron County Michigan
Any parent, grandparent or adult who has tried to take young children out angling knows you need to ﬁnd some ﬁshing action without too much delay. Accomplishing that will make it an enjoyable and lasting outing. For open water season,pan ﬁsh ﬁshing is probably the best option available locally. If you are taking several children, and unless you have a larger boat,it is good to consider a shore ﬁshing option.This allows the kids to run around when they lose interest between bites. Iron County has several options for shore, pier, and boat ﬁshing that are good choices for a youth ﬁshing day. Iron County’s best lakes for abundant bluegills and sun ﬁsh are Runkle, Glidden,Indian, Fire and Fortune Lakes. Some shore ﬁshing opportunities are available at Runkle, Glidden and First Fortune Lakes. Runkle Lake has a ﬁshing pier and some public shoreline at Runkle Lake Park that are available to ﬁ sh for numerous pan ﬁsh and it is a good choice for very young anglers. Runkle Lake also has a boat access site. Glidden Lake State Forest Campground provides both shore ﬁshing because the entire shore-line is state owned, and it has boat access. First Fortune Lake’s best shore ﬁshing is accessed through the Bewabic State Park. A ﬁshery crib reef is located in easy casting distance from the shore of the point just north-east of the bathing beach. Numerous DNR surveys and personal snorkeling reveals tha the crib reef is heavily used by pan ﬁsh and bass. Indian Lake has limited shore ﬁshing opportunities although boating access provides easy access to an abundant pan ﬁsh population. Three ﬁsheries crib reefs are also located in Indian Lake that make good locations to catch pan ﬁsh and bass. Fire Lake’s only practical access is by boat although its small size makes a small boat a reasonable choice to ﬁsh from. As water temperatures warm near 70 degrees, bluegills start bedding/nesting. They are very vulnerable during this period and anglers should be encouraged to maintain the ﬁshery by not over harvesting the larger male bluegill that take the role of guarding the nest of eggs and fry. Fisheries research reveals that the large bluegills, especially males, maintain the quality of a lakes bluegill population size structure. With that in mind, ﬂy ﬁshing with small ant imitations is an excellent way to introduce novice ﬂy anglers to that sport. Bluegills are just starting to stage for bedding or limited nesting on some northern bays that warm sooner than main lake areas. If you get your young angler into nesting ﬁsh you should encourage them to selective harvest. You should not take larger bluegills, but can keep and eat the medium (less than 8 inch) ﬁ sh. Lake Ottawa is another lake to consider in Iron County. This lake has a U.S. Forest Service ﬁshing pier and is a good place to catch smallmouth bass, rock bass, and occasionally perch and walleye. Anglers should note that Lake Ottawa is restricted to catch and release ﬁshing for bass. Bass Lake , just off M-73, is also a good fora small boat for pan ﬁsh and some shore ﬁshing opportunities are available at the US For-est Service public access site. Fortune Pond , just west of Crystal Falls,has a handicap accessible DNR/Wildlife Unlimited ﬁshing pier and is currently stocked with rainbow and brook trout. Water clarity is excellent so ﬁshing early morning and evening is most effective. Water clarity allows you to see the bottom at about 40 feet deep at the end of the pier. Caspian Pit , just east of Caspian near the Iron River, is also stocked with rainbow trout and has a city of Caspian ﬁshing pier at the access site.
Iron County Fishing License. A fishing license is required for all persons who have reached their 17th birthday. Licenses are valid from March 1 of one year to March 31 of the following year. Fishing licenses can be purchased online or at a sales location in Iron County. Resident seniors may purchase licenses at a reduced rate. Michigan also offers a 24-hour license good for all species to residents and non-residents