This fascinating journey will take you through the beautiful Hiawatha National Forest. After the lumbering boom a century ago, the forests here were left barren. During the Great Depression, civilian workers planted much of what you will see today. This is indeed a land where fortunes were won and lost to the song of the saw blade and the swing of the axe.
To begin your adventure head south on Mackinaw Trail to Six Mile Rd., (which eventually becomes the Curley Lewis Memorial Highway) , turn right (west) for a short drive of 20 miles to Bay Mills. Here, take a break and enjoy casino gaming or fine dining on the waterfront at the Bay Mills Casino. If you packed your golf clubs, try out Wild Bluff, an 18-hole championship course. It’s here that you’ll meet the shores of Gitchee Gummee,” also referred to as “shining Big-Sea Waters” in Longfellow’s famous poem.
Continue driving west, and you’ll be winding along the Lake Superior shoreline. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to tour the Iroquois Point Lighthouse, explore wide, sandy beaches at any number of public access points, and visit the Pendills Creek Fish Hatchery. Turn north at M-123, and you’ll soon enter Paradise. Turn right at the traffic light and travel 10 miles to the tip of Whitefish Point.