Summertime in Iron County is warm, exciting and fun. You can expect the weather to be ideal for summer activities with temperatures usually in the high 60’s to low 80’s and the sun is likely to be shining bright.
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. We have a number of canoe and kayak rental places, some of which provide instruction and guided trips.
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.
Rummage and Antique Sales
With loads of free time on your hands, it’s time to search out the “treasures” to be found at rummage and antique sales that dot the landscape, especially on the weekends. Diligent shoppers are generally rewarded with a “special find.” Father’s Day weekend enjoy “Sale-Trail,” a citywide garage sale and a flea market at the chamber.
Sporting Clay Shooting
What are Sporting Clays? Sporting Clays is a shotgun shooting game in which clay pigeons are presented to the shooter in ways that mirror the flight pattern of game birds, and occasionally rabbits, in their natural habitats. There is no better way to prepare for bird season than with Sporting Clays!
At Brule Sporting Clays, located at Ski Brule Resort, offers over 50 separate shooting stations, including Road Reaction, 60’ Tower, Grouchy Grouse and Duck Pond that are perfect for both the first timer and the more advanced shooter. Shooters walk a half mile course and stop at various shooting stations that reproduce natural hunting situations. Each station represents one type of bird or a combination of game, for example, a rabbit and a grouse. At each of the stations, clay pigeons are thrown in pairs or singly. Each half mile course will consist of 50 to 100 total targets at several different stations.
You will 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.
Everything you need for a day of shooting, including guns, ammo, instruction, food and beverages, is conveniently available for you at the clubhouse
Iron County has an abundance of wild berries ranging from early strawberries in June to thumb-size blackberries in August. The fruits of the harvest are used for pies and jams, but many don’t make it out beyond the berry patch as they get popped into the mouth for immediate gratification! In addition, there are blueberries and raspberries growing along roadsides, near parks, campgrounds and picnic areas. Or visit a Farmers Market for the home-grown delights as well as for sweet corn, potatoes and pumpkins as the seasons dictate.
Antique Auto Shows
Each summer, Detroit’s finest Iron from their vintage and classic years can be seen touring the countryside. Oftentimes, they are heading to antique and classic auto shows, including shows in Iron River on Father’s Day and another show at Runkle Lake Park.
Fun in the Sun
Iron County enjoys a reputation of having great parks and campgrounds. Among the ones that should be on your list to visit is Pentoga Park. The historic burial grounds of Ojibwe bands at the park dates back to the 1800s. Small wooded structures known as “spirit houses” protect the burial grounds, once part of a large Indian village on the southeastern shore of Gaanamegosikaag (today known as Chicaugon Lake). Iron County purchased land for the park in 1924 and has preserved and protected the Native American burial grounds ever since. Pentoga Park is located between Gaastra and Alpha on County Road 424. The 1,100-acre Chicaugon Lake is unusually deep – 115 feet at its deepest. An old Indian trail leads to the Brule River three miles away.
ATV & OHV
Let’s rev up our off road vehicle engines and venture out on more than 3,100 miles of the best ORV trails in Michigan. Michigan ORV trails host two-track, twisty single-track, rocky hill climbs and soggy mud bogs and welcome dune buggies, dirt bikes, quads and four-wheelers inviting us to enjoy the muddy side of Pure Michigan. ORV Maps
Michigan offers many trail riding opportunities. Michigan’s public Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) trail/route system provides four types of riding opportunities: motorcycle trails, all terrain vehicle (ATV) trails, ORV routes which are open to ORVs of all sizes including Secretary of State licensed vehicles, and scramble areas.
There are five scramble areas, two of which are on state forests (St. Helen’s Motorsport Area and Black Lake Scramble Area), one at Silver Lake State Park, one at Bull Gap in the Huron National Forest, and one at The Mounds, a Genesee County Park.
The ORV trail/route system covers 3,700 miles with 73% on state forests. Of the system, 30% is cycle trail, 50% is ATV trail and 20% is route. In the Lower Peninsula, the system is the only legal place to ride Non-Secretary of State licensed ORVs on public lands other than frozen waters. In the Upper Peninsula, it is legal for ORVs to operate on state forest roads as well as the designated trail system, unless a specific state forest road is posted closed to ORV use. Trails are lightly groomed and riders are likely to encounter narrow sand trails, rough moguls, steep hills, stumps, rocks, brush, loose surfaces and other hazards.