The Penokee Range: A Natural Treasure
The Penokee-Gogebic Range is rich in more than just iron ore. A variety of forest and water resources make it a recreational hotspot and ideal habitat for plants and wildlife.
The Bad River quickly drops from the heights of the Penokee Range through deep forests in Copper Falls State Park and over the escarpment into spectacular canyons and waterfalls.
The Bad River is the largest producer of lake sturgeon along Lake Superior and an important production area for walleye and smallmouth bass.
Trout streams in the Penokee Range are primarily fed by groundwater. These cold water sources are crucial for trout populations in the area.
Caroline Lake’s clear, clean waters form the headwaters of the Bad River. This lake and others in the area depend on the surface and groundwater originating in the Penokee Range.
The largest remaining rice beds in the Great Lakes region lie in the Kakagon/Bad River Sloughs, downstream from the Penokee Range.
Surface and groundwater originating in the Penokee area is the source of drinking water for several nearby towns including Mellen.
The Penokee Range contains some of the highest quality water resources in the Great Lakes region. Any proposed mine must be planned carefully to preserve these resources for the future.