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Iron Ore
Heritage Trail

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The Iron Ore Heritage Trail is a 47-mile, year round, multi-use, interpretive trail that crosses the Marquette Iron Range in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  Call us the outdoor linear museum where you exercise your body and mind. Those who bike, walk, run, hike, ORV, snowmobile, cross country ski, birdwatch, and/or wander will find a section of trail perfect for your activity.

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Trail Type

  • Asphalt
  • Crushed Limestone
  • No Upgraded Surface
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February 23, 2021

2021 Priority Projects

2021 PRIORITY PROJECTS The Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority will work on the following priority projects for 2021:  Finish the weather shelter/fishing piers project slated in Negaunee and Negaunee Township.  We have hired Wuebben Contractors through bidding process and they will be working through the spring and early summer to build two weather shelters–one at the Negaunee Carp River crossing and the other near the Pine Hill Pond in Negaunee Township. They will also be placing steps down to the pond for fishing opportunities and add three accessible fishing piers at the Carp River. fishing pier drawings revised 1.15.2019 Our second priority project is to build the new Negaunee Township trailhead at the SW corner of M35/CR492.  We will be putting this project out on bid this spring/summer. The project will include paved parking lot, pit toilet (like at Lions Field in Chocolay), signage, bike racks, seating, trail connector, and landscaping. A third project includes sprucing up the trail in Republic Township. We will be bidding out this project which includes grading, adding bike path aggregate, culvert extensions, and rolling. We will continue ORV trail maintenance using our ORV grant dollars and IOHT monies. We will order and install mile markers where we have gaps:  several in Republic...

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Feb 15

Polar Roll Fat Tire Bike Race

Polar Roll will use the Heritage Trail between the HOliday Inn in Marquette to Jackson Miners Park in Negaunee . This is a premiere fat tire bike race

Jun 6

Iron Range Roll

The Iron Range Roll is a 16-mile bike race/ride highlighting the Iron Ore Heritage Trail.  It begins at the Cliffs […]

Jul 18

Women’s Center Color Run 2020

July 18, 2020 the Women’s Center brings back the color run taking place on the trail between Ishpeming and Negaunee.  […]