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October Meeting moved to October 29
Posted on 10.19.2015 Under Uncategorized

Our next Board of Directors meeting will be held on Thursday, October 29, at the Country Inn and Suites in Marquette Township.

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Republic Trail Opening
Posted on 09.23.2015 Under Uncategorized

Republic, MI – A celebratory  Run/Bike event with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony will take place on Saturday, September 26,  11 am at the western terminus of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail in downtown Republic .  The Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority (IOHRA) recently upgraded 2.5 miles of trail reaching from downtown Republic at the Chicken Coop/Iron Ore Heritage Trailhead , along School Lake, and proceeding north on the LS&I rail grade to the Republic/Humboldt Township Line.  The trail was built and upgraded with a fine crushed aggregate ranging from eight feet to ten feet wide to accommodate walkers, bikers, ORVers, snowmobilers, and equestrians.

Awarded a $281,000 grant from the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund grant and $100,000 from the Cliffs Eagle Mine Community Fund, the Iron Ore Heritage Trail used these funds and their general fund to upgrade the Republic portion of the trail as well an additional 2.5 miles of trail within the City of Ishpeming and Tilden Township.  A kiosk with four Republic story panels, researched and written with the help of the Republic Historical Society, has also been placed at the trail head. The total project is expected to be nearly $500,000.

“Our board is ecstatic to see this last trail upgrade project finalized.  We promised voters in 2010 that we would use their tax dollars to build, manage and maintain the Iron Ore Heritage Trail.  Now, we have combined their money with State, Federal and other private monies to upgrade all sections of the trail within the boundaries of our township and city members and have done it earlier than expected,” cited Carol Fulsher, administrator of the IOHRA.  “Now we get to celebrate this final construction project.”

Elizabeth Hangas, a Republic Township Planning Board member added, “Republic residents feel connected to the Marquette County communities with this new trail in place that brings all sorts of trail users to our downtown.  We have already seen more bikers and ORV’ers coming into Republic. We look forward to being the western most start or stop for people looking to experience the iron Ore Heritage Trail. We have an interesting mining history and look forward to sharing the stories of the people and places of Republic.”

For more information on the September 26 event, please contact Elizabeth Hangas at 906-376-8005.


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The summer 2015 calendar of events
Posted on 06.01.2015 Under Uncategorized

Saturday, June 6 – The summer kicks off with the 2nd annual Iron Range Roll event on Saturday, June 6, National Trails Day.  This running and biking event begins at the Cliffs Shaft in Ishpeming and heads downhill into Marquette with a finish at the Marquette Commons.  The bikers start at 1 pm and the runners follow.  Watch for a mass of bikers through Ishpeming and Negaunee.  Event prep work will start on Friday, June 5.  This is one of three events that utilizes a large part of the trail.  For more information on the Iron Range Roll, visit

Saturday, June 13 – The very next weekend will see the inaugural running of the “Run for the Red, White and Blue” 5k race starting in Ishpeming and benefitting the VFW.  Register on Saturday, June 13, 2015 from 8AM-9:30AM at the Ishpeming VFW, located at 310 Bank Street, Ishpeming, MI. Pre-entry package and bib pick up is also at the Ishpeming VFW. 
Race will start at 10AM. The staging area will be in the Bjork and Zhulkie parking lot off of 3rd Street in downtown Ishpeming. 

The course: Both the run and the walk will follow the Iron Ore Heritage Trail east, and will turn around and return to 3rd Street finish line. The one mile walkers will turn around at 7th Street and the 5K will turn back at Malton Road. 

For more information, call (906) 235-5517. 

Saturday, July 11, the Iron ORe Heritage Trail between Negaunee and Marquette is the chosen route for the Go Big For Kids 10K and 2 Mile Walk fundraiser for Big Brothers/Big Sisters.  For more info, contact

Saturday, September 5, welcomes back the Marquette Marathon.  Starting at the Cliffs Shaft in Ishpeming and heading on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail into Marquette, this 26.2 mile race follows the beautiful trail downhill into Marquette with a fun ending on Third Street in Marquette.  The Half Marathon begins at the Michigan Iron INdustry Musuem in Negaunee Township and heads east into Marquette as well. For more information go to:


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Upcoming summer events
Posted on 04.09.2015 Under Uncategorized

The summer season is always busy and 2015 will be no exception.  Starting off the year on National Trails Day will be the Iron Range Roll.  Scheduled for June 6.  It’s a run and bike event from Ishpeming’s Cliff Shaft Trailhead to the Marquette Commons Trailhead.

On June 13, the Run for the  Red, White and Blue will take place on the Ishpeming to Negaunee portion of trail.  It’s a 5K run to benefit the Ishpeming VFW.

The Red Earth Classic Mountain Bike Race uses a small portion of the Heritage Trail connecting single track bike trails between Ishpeming and Negaunee.  The REC is on Saturday, July 18.

Speed the Light 5K/10K Glow Run used the Negaunee to Ishpeming section of trail for their event. Date to be announced.

The Marquette Marathon and Half Marathon take place on Saturday, September 5. The Marathon begins at the Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum and ends on Third Street in Marquette.  The Half Marathon begins at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum.


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906 Polar Roll Fat Bike Race
Posted on 02.06.2015 Under Uncategorized

February 21, 2015 – The inaugural fat bike race will take place on Saturday, February 21.  They will begin in Ishpeming and use the Heritage Trail ski trail between Negaunee and Ishpeming as well as the single track trails in that area, then get on the Heritage Trail snowmobile trail from Negaunee into Marquette, then get onto the South Trails in Marquette. for more informatiaon

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RFP to Michigan Artist for Functional Public Art
Posted on 01.29.2015 Under Uncategorized

mcaca_logo_finalRFP for Michigan artists


We are looking for a Michigan Artist to construct a functional art installation at our “pellet ‘pavilion”.  The goal is to provide an obstruction to keep pellets from rolling onto the trail while also interpreting the pelletizing process and transportion of the pellets.  Open up the attachment above to find more information.

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Cliffs Eagle Mine Commemorative Mile Marker
Posted on 11.10.2014 Under Uncategorized

The Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority installed a mile marker for the Cliffs Eagle Mine Community Fund at the Republic Bank Building to recognize their contribution to the Iron Ore Heritage Trail.  In 2013 the IOHRA was awarded a $156,000 grant to place six kiosks along the trail and provide additional funds for the trail upgrade work in Tilden and Republic Townships.  The kiosks were installed during the summer of 2014 at the Harvey Welcome Center, Marquette Commons, Schwemwood Park, Michigan Iron Industry Museum, and Republic Bank Building.  The last one will be installed at Lions Field in Chocolay Township. Trail upgrades in Republic and Tilden Townships, which include grading and surfacing of non-motorized and motorized trails, Carp River and Republic bog overlooks, and signage, will be completed in summer 2015. Pictured in front of the Republic Bank Building kiosk are Jim Thomas, Chair IOHRA, Al Reynolds, Board Member IOHRA and Kristen Mariuzza, Environmental and Permitting Manager, Lundin Eagle Mine.cliffs eagle mine kiosk cliffs eagle mine mile marker cliffs eagle mine plaque

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Trail Genius video of trail
Posted on 05.12.2014 Under Uncategorized

Click here for trail videos of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail.  The Marquette County Convention and Visitors Bureau hired Trail Genius to videotape trails throughout the County.   The Iron Ore Heritage Trail shows the trail from M28 crossing in Harvey to Winthrop Junction in Ishpeming through three segments.

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Who Funds Us
Posted on 02.11.2014 Under Uncategorized

The Iron Ore Heritage Trail is funded by a multitude of sources.  The most significant source for us is the millage that was passed in 2010 by seven communities:  Chocolay Township, City of Marquette, Marquette Township, Negaunee Township, City of Negaunee, City of Ishpeming,  and Tilden Township.  In 2011, Republic Township joined as well.  We will raise approximately $1.6 million through the six years of the millage.  Our local people have decided they want this interpretive trail and have provided our local match monies.  We have taken those dollars and leveraged them through various grants and raised another $3.5M.  Our thanks to the MDOT Transportation Enhancement Funds for their support of over $1 million.  The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund has also been a huge contributor with over $1 million going to build the trail.  We have also been fortunate to have Cliffs Foundation provide $250,000 toward our trail development and interpretation.  The Cliffs Eagle Mine Community Foundation has provided another $156,000 towards our future projects:  including trail upgrades in Ishpeming, Tilden, and Republic Townships and trailhead facilities.

Many smaller grants have also been secured.  They have helped us build trails and interpret the stories.  They include Michigan Council for the Arts; Michigan Trails and Greenways, DALMAC, the KBIC Fund, Ishpeming Negaunee Rotary, and our local community foundations. 

We thank each and every one of them for their support.  We hope to continue building, managing, and maintaining the Iron Ore Heritage Trail far into the future.


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Winter Trails Day
Posted on 01.07.2014 Under Uncategorized

As part of a National Winter Trails Day Promotion on
January 11, the Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority (IOHRA) invites all
cross country skiers to come out and join their administrator on a ski from
Negaunee to Ishpeming (and back).   The trail is approximately 2.5 miles
one way.  The group ski begins at 11 am at the Negaunee trailhead (across
from Negaunee Senior Center).

“This is an impromptu group ski event to get people outdoors after some
bitterly cold days and learn more about the Heritage Trail,” says Carol
Fulsher, administrator of the IOHRA.  “We want people to use the trail in
all seasons and this portion is open to cross country skiing in the
winter.  The trail is fairly flat so it’s an excellent trail for beginners
and for those who feel uncomfortable with big hills. We’ll ski to the
Brownstone Buildings in Ishpeming and turn and come back.”
For more information, call the IOHRA at 906-235-2923 or email

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