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
Shooting is a popular activity in Iron County. Ski Brule hosts several competitions during the summer as part of the Brule Sporting Clays, drawing marksmen and women from a large geographic area.
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.