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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July 12, 32nd Pioneer Days Classic, Negaunee
Posted on 06.18.2014 Under Trail Calendar

Annual Big Brothers/Big Sisters 10K Run and 2 Mile Walk

New course designed by Bill Sved entirely on the paved section of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail in Ishpeming and Negaunee.
For more information, http://www.bbbsmqt.org/site/c.8rKOI5MLIhIWE/b.7987147/k.D00D/Fun_Run.htm

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Iron Range Roll photos – June 7, 2014
Posted on 06.18.2014 Under Trail Calendar










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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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Point to Point Events on the Heritage Trail
Posted on 04.16.2014 Under News & Events

Two point-to-point events are slated to be held on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail in the summer of 2014.  First, a new event entitled the Iron Range Roll, will use the trail from Ishpeming to Marquette on June 7, National Trails Day.  Runners and bikers will begin at the Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum and run/bike to the  Marquette Commons.  Bikers take off first and ride (timed but fun) to Marquette.  Runners have the option of running the entire 16 miles or being a part of a relay. This event is sponsored by the 40 Below Group and proceeds go to the YMCA’s “Reach and Rise” youth mentoring program. Fore more information and to register, visit www.ironrangeroll.com.

The other event, the Marquette Marathon, used to take place on the multi-use paths around Marquette.  This year the half marathon will begin at the Michigan Iron Industry Musuem and run into Marquette on the Heritage Trail and finish at the corner of 3rd and Michigan Streets in Marquette.  The full marathon begins at the Cliffs Shaft Mine Museum in Ishpeming.  Runners will follow the Iron Ore Heritage Trail into Marquette and end at the same spot as the half marathon.  The trail features a downhill slope and is a Boston Marathon qualifier.  For more information and to register, visit www.marquettemarathon.com 



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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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Ribbon Cutting August 13, 2013
Posted on 09.05.2013 Under Uncategorized


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Negaunee to Marquette Now Open
Posted on 09.05.2013 Under Uncategorized

The 12-mile section connecting Negaunee to Marquette is now open.  Partially paved with asphalt, but mostly a crushed granite, the trail is open to non-motorized users in the warm weather months and snowmobiling in winter.  With this new section now open, the Iron ORe Heritage Trail now offers users approximately 30 miles of upgraded trail surface between Kawbawgam Road in Chocolay to Winthrop Junction in Ishpeming.  The remaining portion (Winthrop Junction to Republic) is open to the public but not upgraded.

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