View of Echo Lake Preserve in Michigan's Upper Peninsula near Marquette.
Echo Lake Preserve View of Echo Lake Preserve in Michigan's Upper Peninsula near Marquette. © Dick Huey

Discover with Nature

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

Surrounded by 1,700 miles of lakeshore from Lake Superior, Michigan, and Huron, the Upper Peninsula is a land unlike any other. Snowy winters, long summer days, and fall colors bring outdoor enthusiasts of all varieties. It is said that in Michigan, you are never more than six miles from a lake, and the Upper Peninsula is home to over 4,000 of them. Diverse wetlands, stunning rock outcroppings, and austere forests provide shelter to an incredible amount of wildlife.

The Nature Conservancy has protected nearly 390,000 acres of land across Michigan — safeguarding thriving cities, quiet farmlands, and woodland preserves in order to protect crucial ecosystems and natural treasures. With TNC experts in tow, this journey promises to provide access and insight into the Upper Peninsula that most visitors don’t experience.

Start your adventure in Marquette, Michigan, where you will get an overview of the work TNC is doing in the Upper Peninsula. Enjoy hiking in TNC’s Echo Lake Nature Preserve; the 20-acre lake is nestled in a rugged landscape filled with century-old trees. 

Leaving Marquette, enjoy the rest of your trip on the Keweenaw Peninsula. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to hike and immerse yourself in the rich mining history of the area. Visit the Bete Grise Wetlands Preserve and Helmut and Candis Stern Preserve at Mt Baldy to experience the diverse landscapes TNC works to protect.

A full day’s journey will take you to Isle Royale National Park; inaccessible by vehicle, board a seaplane to visit this remote and untamed wilderness. Home to gray wolves, moose, red fox, beaver, and mink, keep an eye out as you explore by foot. Closed half the year due to extreme weather, Isle Royale receives less than 20,000 total visitors a year.

A trip to the Upper Peninsula is unlike any other. We look forward to introducing you to the work The Nature Conservancy is doing to keep this incredible landscape open, accessible, and safe to discover for years to come! 

Dates: August 6 - 11, 2023

Price: $5,055 per person based on double occupancy, $5,975 single occupancy

For Questions and To Register, Email Us at travel@tnc.org

View from top of the Helmut and Candis Stern Preserve at Mt. Baldy.
Summit of Mt. Baldy View from top of the Helmut and Candis Stern Preserve at Mt. Baldy. © Jason Whalen/Big Foot Media

View from top of the Helmut and Candis Stern Preserve at Mt. Baldy.

Program Highlights

  • Hike the Austere Michigamme Highlands  — Hike TNC’s Echo Lake Nature Preserve to visit a lake defined by sheer bluffs and surrounded by a forest full of eastern white pine, hemlock, sugar maple, and white birch that wolves and deer call home. 
  • Stay in Historic Cabins on the Keweenaw Pennisula  — The Keweenaw Mountain Lodge was built under the Works Progress Administration in 1934 after the crash of the stock market and permanent suspension of all mining activities in the area. 
  • Explore One of the Least Visited National Parks  — Established as a National Park in 1940, Isle Royale is only accessible by boat or seaplane. While the area is protected today, mining in the area dates to the mid-1800s.

Lodging Highlights

  • The Landmark Inn — A boutique hotel in Marquette, The Landmark Inn, once known as The Northland Hotel, was first opened in 1930. Famous guests include Amelia Earhart, Abbott & Costello, and Louis Armstrong. The hotel fell into disrepair in the 1970s and was restored in 1995, regaining its status as the grandest of Marquette’s downtown hotels.
  • Keweenaw Mountain Lodge — Located on the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, this 167-acre lodge was built in 1934. An example of government-funded work during the Great Depression, it was built with federal relief money and designed to boost the local economy. 
Bete Grise Preserve in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
Bete Grise Preserve Bete Grise Preserve in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. © Ron Leonetti

Bete Grise Preserve in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.