Upper Peninsula Summer

The best kept secret is an Upper Peninsula Summer vacation.  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!

Michigan ATV Trail Map

Located in Iron County 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 an Upper Peninsula summer family vacation.

Day trip ideas Upper Peninsula Summer Vacation.


    Upper Peninsula Summer Lodging:

    The same beautiful luxury chalets and condos that you enjoy during the winter are available at substantially discounted summer lodging rental rates.

    Village Map



    Canoe & Kayak Michigan:

    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.  An abundant variety of wildlife will be found on the 47 miles of the river.

    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 to the Upper Peninsula during summer. Being at the beach or having a family picnic can be relaxing as well as offer an opportunity for groups to gather on an Upper Peninsula Summer vacation.

    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.


    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

    George Youngs Golf Course & Recreation Center
    Iron County Country Club
    Crystal View Golf Course


    MIchigan Whitetail Deer Hunting

    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.

    Michigan Turkey Hunting



    More Information on Michigan Hunting Seasons:

    Michigan Deer Hunting Season



    Upper Peninsula Summer 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 Upper Peninsula summer vacation. 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.


    Michigan Trout StreamsTrout Fishing

    Michigan 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.

    Blue Ribbon Trout Stream must meet certain standards or criteria. It must be one of Michigan’s best trout streams, be able to support excellent stocks of wild resident trout, have the physical characteristics to permit fly casting but be shallow enough to wade, produce a diverse insect life and good fly hatches, and have earned a reputation for providing an excellent trout fishing experience and have excellent water quality.

    Management of Blue Ribbon Streams by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources is directed toward accommodating the needs of the trout angler, maintaining strong stocks of wild resident trout that best suit the character of each stream, maintaining and enhancing trout habitat and the natural stream environment, providing adequate public access and public frontage and preparing appropriate informational materials on these special Blue Ribbon Trout Streams of Michigan.

    Iron County is home of 6 of Michigan’s best Trout waters.

    • Brule River, Iron County (M-73 to M-189)
    • Cooks Run, Iron County (US-2 to Paint River)
    • Fence River, Iron County (Junct. with East Branch to downstream edge of Section 35, T45N, R31W – See Plat Book)
    • Iron River, Iron County (Raft Lake (T43N, R36W, Section 12) to City of Iron River
    • Paint River (South Branch), Iron County (Forest Road 3270 to Gibbs City
    • Ford River, Dickinson County (Upstream edge of Section 15, T43N, R30W to Henderson

    Featured Iron County Lakes For Upper Michigan Fishing

    • Lake Michigamme is located in Crystal Falls, Michigan and is known for its northern pike, crappie, bass, and walleye.
    • Lake Chicaugon is also located in Crystal Falls and has bass, lake trout, muskie, northern pike, and walleye.
    • Cable Lake is situated in Amasa and has bluegill, crappie,northern pike, bass, and walleye.
    • Lake Emily is in Crystal Falls and you can fish for bass, muskie, walleye, crappie, pike, and bluegill.
    • Located in Beechwood Michigan is Golden Lake with lake trout, pike, crappie, bluegill.
    • Indian Lake is in Crystal Falls and has bass, pike, and bluegill.
    • Ice Lake – species include, smallmouth, largemouth, northern, perch and crappie
    • Iron Lake has bluegill walleye, pike, bass, crappie, and is located in Beechwood, Michigan.\
    • Lake Ottawa is located in Iron River and has pike, bluegill, walleye, crappie, and trout.
    • Paint Lake is in Kenton, Michigan and has crappie, pike, bass, muskie.
    • Peavy Reservoir is situated in Crystal Falls and is known for walleye, pike, bluegill, crappie, and bass.
    • Porter Lake is in Amasa and has bluegill, bass, pike, and walleye.

    Lake Superior Salmon FishingIron 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


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