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VisitEscanaba | Delta County Ice Fishing

Beginner’s Guide To Ice Fishing

If you’re considering tackling the icy terrain but don’t know where to start, follow our beginner’s guide as we cover ice fishing musts:

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VisitEscanaba | Escanaba in Da Moonlight

"Yah, You Betcha?"

One of the Upper Peninsula’s greatest qualities is it’s self deprecating sense of humor. It’s a tradition “north of da bridge” to laugh at ourselves. What makes us funny?

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VisitEscanaba | Sand Point Lighthouse

Look beyond the falling leaves — here's why to visit the Bays in late fall

One of the main reasons to visit Escanaba this time of year is the stop-in-your-tracks leaf show along Delta County’s trails and roadways.

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Swallow Inn in Rapid River

Escanaba In Da Moonlight

It's not every day that Jeff Daniels, one of the worlds most famous actors, writes a script about your hometown and then shows up with a cast and film crew to make it come to life for all the world to see!

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Fall Fishing - Little Bay de Noc

Fall Fishing in Little Bay de Noc

It doesn’t get much better than fall fishing on Little Bay de Noc, as the water temperature drops fish begin feeding heavily in preparation for winter. Whether you prefer to catch them casting, jigging, or trolling the opportunities to not only catch numbers of fish but some true trophies are endless.

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Katelyn Beaver fishing Ford River

Delta County Bass Fishing

While bass are highly overlooked in the Escanaba area, both largemouth and smallmouth bass are a popular catch if you know where to look. Smallmouth dominate the area accounting for over 90% of the population though.

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Ford River

A History of Ford River

Its small town charm, beautiful beaches and its namesake river offer something for everyone to enjoy the great outdoors, year round.

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Escanaba City Band on Ludington Street during the annual Labor Day Parade

Delta County Labor Day Celebrations

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Mercury on the Escanaba Planetary Walk

Walk the Planets

Escanaba's Walk Of The Planets one of the few walkable, full-scale version condensed recreations of the Solar System, condensed into the 18 blocks of downtown.

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Gladstone Berry Farm fresh strawberries from Gladstone, Michigan

Summertime Agritourism Opportunities!

Simple & straight from the earth, Delta County has a variety of nutritious options that are sure to delight! Whether it be browsing through the fresh favorites found at the local farmers markets or spending an afternoon picking berries from the fields, there is something for everyone!

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Escape to Escanaba

Escape to Escanaba

On the south shore of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Escanaba anchors Delta County’s 211 miles of freshwater shoreline — more than any other county in the U.S. can claim. Located on Lake Michigan’s Big and Little Bays de Noc, it’s a great base for exploring multiple islands and destinations within easy reach.

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Fayette Township

Fayette Historic State Park: Take a time-travel summer vacation

Fayette Historic State Park: Take a time-travel summer vacation to learn why this boom town went bust. It’s a scenic place to hike, bike and paddle, too.

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VisitEscanaba | Luscious sand beaches at Van Cleve Beach in Gladstone, MI

Make Escanaba your hub for summer travels!

Extend your Upper Peninsula summer trip by traveling to other locations and making Escanaba your home base at night! Here’s where to go.

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Drone Photo of Ludington Park in the Summer

The top five free things to do in Escanaba

Enjoy free things to do in Escanaba all four seasons! Find fun at beaches, parks, hiking and biking trails, museums and more.

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A hand holding morel mushrooms.

Tips for a successful morel mushroom hunt in the Escanaba area

May is Michigan morel month and the Escanaba area is the perfect place to start your search for these delicious spring time treats.

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aerial view of Fayette Historic Townsite

The history of Fayette, Michigan, yesterday’s boom town

Fayette, Michigan was once a busy iron smelting town. Today, the remains of that history are a popular destination for discovering the past!

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A panoramic view of the inside of Freshwater Tavern.

Meet Freshwater Tavern’s chef, Josh Curtis

Meet the chef of Gladstone, Michigan’s Freshwater Tavern, Josh Curtis. Learn what the must-tries are on his menu and foodie trends.

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Hereford & Hops Steakhouse and Brew Pub

Enjoy steak and stir-fry at Hereford & Hops!

Hereford & Hops has been the neighborhood pub for years! Hear their story and visit them in Escanaba today.

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Ludington Park in Escanaba on a summer day.

Summer vacation ideas in Escanaba

Start planning a memorable family trip with these summer vacation ideas in Escanaba!

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Where to go stargazing in Escanaba, Michigan

Stargazing in Escanaba offers views of twinkling stars and Northern Lights like no other! Here are our top destinations to watch the night sky from.

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Walleye Fishing

Ice fishing rentals for shanties and augers

Want to go ice fishing but don’t own equipment? Ice fishing rentals for shanties and augers are available near Escanaba. Get out on the ice today!

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snowshoeing

Fun activities to do with your family in the winter

Get the inside scoop on the most fun activities to do with your family in the winter in Escanaba, then book your trip now!

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Winter Couple

Romantic Getaways in the Escanaba Area

The Escanaba area of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula offers some of the coziest romantic winter getaways in the state.

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A Trenary Home Bakery worker holding up a bag of Trenary Toast.

Bring home a bag of the U.P.’s iconic treat, Trenary Toast

Trenary Toast is a U.P. treat that has kept families dunking and crunching for almost a century. Learn more about their history and future!

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The gallery space at East Ludington Gallery showcasing various pieces of art.

Bring home the U.P. with artwork from East Ludington Gallery

East Ludington Gallery is the oldest artist cooperative in the U.P. Learn more about their artists & work here!

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Rapid River Knifeworks custom hunting knives on dispaly

Rapid River Knifeworks: 100% made-in-America, custom knives and axes

Rapid River Knifeworks — high-quality, custom hunting, fishing and kitchen knives that are 100% handmade in America.

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the storefront of Sayklly

Sayklly’s Candies: The sweetest reason to come home for the holidays

Sayklly’s candies are the sweetest reason to visit Escanaba this holiday. Shopping at their store will make everyone happy on your gift-giving list.

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a kid walking down the sidewalk in Escanaba

Celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas in Escanaba’s Antique Village

Celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas in Escanaba’s Antique Village, Dec. 3 & 4. Sing carols, ride in a festive wagon and find heart-warming gifts.

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Find unique gifts while Christmas shopping in Escanaba

We’re giving you the inside scoop on every type of present you can get while Christmas shopping in Escanaba!

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Late Fall Walleye Fishing

Late fall fishing in Escanaba — trophy walleye are biting near the shores of the Bays de Noc. Here are tips on where to wet your line.

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The new owners and old owners of Leigh

Leigh’s Garden Winery passes the cork to new owners

We sat down with the new owners of Leigh's Garden Winery to learn what that led them to this career move and what plans they have in store for the business.

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Fall Color

Your guide to fall family fun in the Bays

Autumn has a special place in our hearts in the Bays de Noc area — the pleasantly warm days and cooler nights drench our hardwood forests in spectacular sunny oranges, reds, and coppery browns.

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eating at the swedish pantry

Come hungry for simply the best home-cooked Swedish and American dishes

The Swedish Pantry, located at 819 Ludington St. in Escanaba’s historic downtown, knows a secret many restaurants miss. Crack open the front door and we dare you to walk away. The aroma of fresh-baked cardamom bread frosted with or without almonds, yeasty white loaves, lemon poppy seed and carrot muffins, Hershey’s chocolate and oatmeal cookies, and so much more will lure you inside like the flute of the Pied Piper. You can’t help but take a deeper whiff as you enter the bakery.

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Highland Golf Club

Highland Golf Club: the friendliest public golf club by the Bays

When nationally-acclaimed high school athletic director Fred Smith retired, one of his first goals was to play every golf course in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. So we asked him, what’s the friendliest course he’s found in his journeys from Ironwood to Drummond Island?

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Fall Color Tour

Where to capture the best fall photos in the Bays de Noc

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is renowned for its fall color. The Escanaba area is no exception. It is proudly home to a variety of wonderful fall color destinations and is perfect for nature, landscape and portrait photography.

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Fall Golf

Take your fall color tour on some of the top-ranked links in Michigan.

Whether you are a scratch golfer or just learning to play the links, golfing in the Escanaba area is both exhilarating and relaxing. Sweetgrass Golf Club is in Michigan’s top 20 based on Golfweek’s and GOLF Magazine’s rigorous reviews and several other area courses get high marks from U.P.-destination golfers.

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Gladstone Beach

Use this weather tool before going out on the water

We’re making it easier and safer than ever to get out into the Bays de Noc! Now water recreationists can learn about live wind conditions and water temperature in Gladstone Harbor with the weather bug tool.

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U.P. State Fair

Ace your U.P. State Fair experience with these insider tips

If mouthwatering fair food, thrilling rides and captivating grandstand events are your ideas of a good time, then Escanaba is the place to be Aug. 16-22. The U.P. State Fair is just around the corner!

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beavers lures

Fill your tackle box with locally made lures

One of the best perks to fishing the Bays de Noc is that not only do we have abundant fish and waters to find them in, but we have locally made lures to increase your chances of reeling in a trophy-sized catch, too!

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electric wheelchair on trail

Have a wheelchair, walker, cane or mobility challenge? Find hours of vacation fun in and around Escanaba!

The Bays de Noc area welcomes everyone and makes it as easy as possible for you to join in on our barrier-free fun. Admittedly, once the snow falls, our outside recreation does present some mobility limitations, but you will quickly discover we have lots of entertaining wheelchair-accessible places to explore year-round indoors.

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person holding ice cream cone in a park

Have a legen-dairy National Ice Cream Day celebration in the Bays de Noc

Here’s the scoop — Sunday, July 18, is National Ice Cream Day! The forecast is looking like a 100% chance of rainbow sprinkles, so here are the best places in the Bays to celebrate.

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young boy at beach splashing water at camera

Splash, swim, paddle, picnic: It’s beach time on the Bays!

Since Delta County boasts the most freshwater coastline in the Upper Peninsula, our go-to beaches are some of the most gorgeous destinations from sunrise to painted-sky sunset.

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Farmers Market

Bays de Noc Farmers Markets – Fresh, delicious and ready-to-eat

When it comes to deeply satisfying farm- or coop-to-table foods, nothing compares to the bushels of goodness you’ll find at the Escanaba-area farmers markets.

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aerial view of ludington park

Spend a day along a shoreline of activities at Ludington Park 

If you’re looking for a lot of activity in one spot, Ludington Park in Escanaba can keep you itinerary hopping for hours.

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2 corgie dogs sitting in the sand looking at the camera

Calling all dogs: Bring your owners to the Bays de Noc!

Leaving your best friend behind at the kennel or in an empty house when you go on vacation is hard. Sometimes, you just wish you could take them along, too.

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Aerial shot of fayette

Explore this time capsule of limestone cliffs, millennium-old trees and iron smelting history

Tucked into Snail Shell Harbor on the east coast of Big Bay de Noc, visitors will find the entrance to Fayette Historic State Park. It doubles as a time machine.

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Chickadee sitting on a branch in the springtime

300+ reasons to bird-watch in Delta County

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Walleyes Choice Guide Service

Wet your lines in the U.P.’s Walleye Capital starting May 15

Start reeling in the big ones! May 15 is opening day for walleye fishing season, and there’s no better place for anglers to spend it than one of the best walleye fishing destinations — the Little and Big Bays de Noc.

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old photo of workmen standing outside a factory

This is our story … as ancient as our limestone bluffs

There is a story by the Bays de Noc as old as the limestone bluffs, as steadfast as our cedars and as enduring as our first Ojibwa families who called their village Escanaba.

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River view

The Top 10 Trout Fishing Destinations in Michigan

If you are looking for the best trout fishing destinations in Michigan, you have come to the right place.

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Pasty

How to be a Yooper for the Day in the Escanaba Area

Welcome to the Upper Peninsula! You’ve made it over the bridge, and now you’re in Yooper territory. If you’re not from Michigan, you might be wondering, “what is a yooper?”

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People hiking in snow

Staying Warm with Active Winters

Scott Lawrence talks about the many ways to enjoy the winter weather in the Upper Peninsula.

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coffee bag and mug in christmas tree

The Ultimate Yooper Holiday Gift Guide

Find the perfect holiday gift from artisan shops in the Escanaba area.

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Swedish Pantry Inc

Sweden by the Bite

Learn about the Swedish Pantry, one of the more eclectic restaurants in the downtown Escanaba.

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fayette historic townsite in the fall

Mi Playground Review of Fayette Historic State Park

Join Digital Creator and Michigan Travel enthusiast, Andy as he makes a stop at Fayette Historic State Park in the fall!

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histroric photograph of a 150 year old church in escanaba

The Story behind the 150-year-old church in Escanaba

Learn the story behind the unique architecture and history of this 150-year-old church located in Escanaba.

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Guest Post: 5 Reasons Why You Need a Beach Vacation in Escanaba, MI

In Escanaba, Michigan’s many beaches, you get to do all that and more! Still not convinced? In this article, we list down 5 reasons why you need a beach vacation in this little known yet wonderful city.

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woman overlooking Sac Bay

Locals Pick: The Best Parks in Bays de Noc

A local's top pick of parks in the Bay de Noc area.

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aerial view of a golf course

Your summer guide to making golf more fun

This summer, Visit Escanaba and watch the best golf live!

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woman standing on beach amidst driftwood

Guide to Your Ideal Beach

Here is a guide to finding your next sandy spot by the waves. From hidden beaches to ones featuring a lighthouse, the Bays’ de Noc has it all.

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2 teenage girls hiking in the woods

Experience Life Outdoors In Escanaba, Michigan

How To Pack Lightly For Your Hiking Adventures

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Hunter Point Fall

Fall Color is Here! Come See it!

Learn what fun fall things there are to do in the Escanaba area.

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5 Things to Buy in Escanaba, Michigan

We’ve scoured the city and found these five must-have items that we recommend picking up during your visit to Escanaba.

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street decorated for Christmas at night

12 ways to make your holidays merrier

Here are 12 ways to get you in the holiday spirit in the Bays de Noc area.

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Disk Golf Course

Disc Golf: Crashing chains on the Bay

One of the newer additions to the outdoor sports scene, disc golf, is soaring in the Upper Peninsula

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aerial view of the escanaba marina

Escanaba is a must stop for any and all boaters on Lake Michigan

Whether you are looking to plan a month long tour of Lake Michigan or just a quick weekend getaway, Escanaba is the perfect destination.

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aerial view of escanaba at sunrise

A Road Trip Worth the Memories in Escanaba, Michigan

Hear what a guest writer has to say about destinations on a road trip to Escanaba, MI.

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