Why We Love Going to Iron County

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Did we mention that our family has been going here and/or living here for three generations?

 

Here are a few things that we like about

this wonderful part of the U.P.:

 

By the way, do you know that the ratio of lakes to land

is higher in the Upper Peninsula than it is in Minnesota?

 

In addition to lake fishing, Iron County has

five Blue Ribbon trout streams.

 

The area has extensive mountain biking trails too.

 

Crystal Falls is the home of the Humongous Fungus,

the largest mushroom/fungus in the world,

weighing in at 111 tons and invisibly

occupying 37 acres underground.

It is about 1,500 years old and is

the focus of The Humungus Fungus Festival,

scheduled for August 11-14, 2011.

Despite it having been here longer than humans (probably) have,

we humans noticed its presence only in 1992.

Crystal Falls is home to the Harbour House Museum,

a beautiful 1900 home whose first floor has been

restored to Victorian authenticity

and which contains information on

antique toys, mining and logging in the area,

and exhibits on Victorian-era sports and leisure,

womens life and childrens toys.

Other exhibits are about Ojibwe (Chippewa) Indians and

the industries that dominate Upper Peninsula history,

namely mining and logging.

Open June through August.

 

Crystal Falls has an annual Bass Festival

in early July and

Iron River has a terrific three-day Rodeo event.

This year it is the weekend of July 22-24, 2011. The Iron County

Web site has an event calendar.

 

Crystal Falls also has a lovely old restored

vaudeville theater that hosts an entertainment event every

couple of weeks during the summer, including

folk artists, orchestras and comedians. 

Their 2011 schedule gets posted here.

 

Iron River, the other nearby town, is home to

the Iron County Historical Museum,

consisting of twenty-six buildings encompassing

history and art.

 

Iron County has an active genealogical society

that meets weekly and has special events such as cemetery tours.

If you have ancestors in this area or if you are just

interested in local history, you should check out

the Society and their online resources.

 

Forty-five minutes away are

the Blackjack Springs Wilderness Area,

the Whisker Lake Wilderness Area,

and Headwaters Wilderness Area,

all within Wisconsin's huge Nicolet National Forest.

The Wilderness Areas are known for

non-motorized recreation,

particularly hiking and canoeing.

Trees range in age from 80 years

(back to the great fire of 1931) to two hundred years old.

And if you like hunting for traces of

old logging railroads & roads,

you'll have a lot of fun here.

 

The Ottawa National Forest

and the Lake Ottawa Recreation Area

are just the other side of Iron River.

There are miles and miles of beautiful day hiking trails.

If you like 20th century American history,

you can visit the original
CCC park buildings in the Recreation Area.

 

An hour north is the wild and wooly

Sturgeon River Gorge Wilderness,

with its 350-foot deep river gorge, spectacular views

and challenging white water kayaking and canoeing (in season).

 

See why we love this area, and why our parents

bought the place many years ago? We hope you can build memories just as we have done!

 

Richard and Julia's Children

 

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