Iron Ore Heritage Trail

MARQUETTE, MI--   Work to repair and stabilize a portion of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail begins this week.

The Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority says repairs will focus on five areas of the paved trail between the Welcome Center in Chocolay Township and Lake Street in Marquette. Officials say high Lake Superior water levels and strong storms have eroded the shoreline and slopes, endangering the trail.

MARQUETTE COUNTY, MI--   The Iron Ore Heritage Trail has been selected as a Pure Michigan Designated Trail.

The 47-mile, year-round, multi-use, interpretive trail stretches across the Marquette Iron Range from Harvey to Republic.

The designation is an effort between Pure Michigan and the Department of Natural Resources to raise awareness of Michigan’s strong position as the nation’s Trail State.

LANSING, MI--   A crowdfunding campaign has been established to restore the historical Carp River beehive kiln and place it on the Iron Ore Heritage Trail. 

The goal of the campaign is to construct a new gateway park along the Trail. The featured rebuilt kiln will be surrounded with art, landscaping, walkways, lighting, benches and interpretive signs. The Carp River Kiln Gateway Plaza will become a new community space paying tribute to Marquette’s iron mining story and welcoming visitors to the area.

MARQUETTE TOWNSHIP, MI--   The Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority is holding two public hearings to talk about Michigan Recreation Grant applications. 

The first will focus on an application for 2.5 miles of lighting along the trail between Ishpeming and Negaunee.

The second hearing will be on three applications: Michigan Trust Fund, Land and Water Conservation Fund, and Recreation Passport grant submissions for a trailhead development project near the intersection of M-35 and County Road 492 in Negaunee Township.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A draft of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail five year plan is now available for review. 

The Iron Ore Heritage Recreation Authority is responsible for operating and maintaining the 47-mile trail that stretches from Republic Township to Chocolay Township. The new recreation plan aims to guide the authority over the next five years. Chair Jim Thomas says trail users and citizens were surveyed and their wishes were incorporated.

NEGAUNEE, MI (AP)--   The Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee is hosting two guided bicycle tours this month along the backbone of the Marquette Iron Range. 

One tour was held Friday and the other is scheduled for July 29.

They begin at the museum at 9 a.m. and run along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, which features historic sites and stories of life during the mining era that began in the mid-1800s.

Interpretive stops include the Carp River Forge site, the Jackson Mine, Old Towne Negaunee and the site of the Pioneer Furnace.

NEGAUNEE, MI--   A portion of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail in Marquette County is closed this week for a paving project. 

The two-mile section starts at Healey Avenue in Negaunee and ends just north of the CN railroad crossing.  The project includes replacing aggregate with asphalt, which is longer-lasting.  It’s expected to last about a week.

Heritage Trail users can detour using Case Street to Baldwin Avenue to US-41 to County Road 492.  A spur trail near the Michigan Iron Industry Museum connects 492 back to the Heritage Trail.

Iron Ore Heritage Trail tours planned in July

Jun 29, 2015

NEGAUNEE, MI (AP)--   Bike tours are planned next month along a trail network that connects historic sites across the Marquette Iron Range. 

The tours hosted by the Michigan Iron Industry Museum take place July 10th, 17th and 24th.

The tours begin at the museum and then follow along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail, which highlights historic sites and human stories from the area.

ISHPEMING, MI (AP)--   40 Below Young Professionals of Marquette County is sponsoring an inaugural relay/run/bicycle event this weekend.   

The first Iron Range Roll is meant to celebrate the historical and recreational culture of the area and takes place along the Iron Ore Heritage Trail between Ishpeming and Marquette.

MARQUETTE COUNTY, MI (AP)--   The state has approved plans to accommodate a mining company in the Upper Peninsula by converting a stretch of recreational trail back to a rail line. 

Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Keith Creagh approved the move last week.

Returning the about two-mile section of the Iron Ore Heritage Trail to active rail line will provide Lundin Mining of Toronto with a way to haul ore concentrate from Humboldt Mill, a processing facility in Humboldt Township, to another rail line.