The Great Outdoors

Welcome to Delta County-the crossroads of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Physically separated from the Lower Peninsula by the Straits of Mackinac, the UP comprises nearly 29% of Michigan’s area but only 3.3% of its population. Delta County, one of fifteen counties in the UP, is located 450 miles from Detroit and a mere 60 miles from the Wisconsin border. These facts contribute to a unique atmosphere enjoyed by residents and visitors alike.

South Central Upper Michigan is frequently referred to as the “Banana Belt,” because of the temperate climate, which is much milder than the rest of the Upper Peninsula. The image of the cold, frozen north is dispelled by the statistics-50″ of snowfall per year in Delta County compared to the 200+ inches along the shores of Lake Superior.

According to Indian tradition and legend, native Americans traveled hundreds of miles to the well-known hunting grounds of Delta County to hunt the red deer where their trails crossed. This was called “Eshkonabang” or “Land of the Red Buck.” From this or from another word meaning “flat rock” came the name Escanaba. The name “Bay de Noc” is derived from the Nocquet or Noke Indians, one of the Algonquin tribes whose territory extended from northern Green Bay and the Bays de Noc northward to the south shore of Lake Superior. Gladstone, Escanaba’s sister city, seven miles up the coast of Little Bay de Noc, was named for British Prime Minister William Gladstone.

 

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Gladstone, MI 49837 US

Phone: (906) 786-1020

A longtime favorite picnic area, Pioneer Trail Park is the site of a trail used by early settlers. The park has been ...
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6822 US 2-41
Gladstone, MI 49837 US

Phone: (906) 786-1020
E-Mail Address: parks@deltacountymi.org
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The beautiful 74 acre park and campground on the Escanaba River, located between Escanaba and Gladstone, has a moder ...
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Rapid River, MI 49878 US

Phone: (906) 474-6442
Region: Rapid River
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A 1-milelong trail shows historical and geographical features along Big Bay de Noc. The trail follows the shoreline ...
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Escanaba, MI 49829 US

Phone: (906) 786-2351
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Portage Marsh is a 600-acre coastal wetland complex on Lake Michigan in Delta County. It is bounded on the north by ...
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Peninsula Point Lighthouse Interpretive Trail
8181 U.S. 2
Rapid River, MI 49878
Phone: (906) 474-6442
Region: Rapid River
A 1-milelong trail shows historical and geographical features along Big Bay de Noc. The trail follows the shoreline ... More
Pioneer Trail Park
Gladstone, MI 49837
Phone: (906) 786-1020
A longtime favorite picnic area, Pioneer Trail Park is the site of a trail used by early settlers. The park has been ... More
Pioneer Trail Park DUPE-2
6822 US 2-41
Gladstone, MI 49837
Phone: (906) 786-1020
The beautiful 74 acre park and campground on the Escanaba River, located between Escanaba and Gladstone, has a moder ... More
Portage Point Marsh
Escanaba, MI 49829
Phone: (906) 786-2351
Portage Marsh is a 600-acre coastal wetland complex on Lake Michigan in Delta County. It is bounded on the north by ... More

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