- 20 miles (32 km)
- 1 hour
- Only at special attractions.
Nestled in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, Whitefish Bay Scenic Byway allows you to escape to the shores of Lake Superior for a relaxing day or weekend of nautical explorations. From visiting the Iroquois Lighthouse Museum to ferrying your own craft along the bay, Whitefish Bay Scenic Byway has your getaway experience covered.
Though short in miles, the byway is long in opportunity. Start your journey at Brimley State Park. Head out early in the morning for prime fishing, or spend the afternoon sunning on the beach. With some of Lake Superior's warmest waters, the beaches at Brimley State Park may tempt you to go for a dip. If you hear the links calling your name, follow the byway west to Bay Mills Reservation, home of the Wild Bluff Golf Course. Don't let the blue skies and tall trees distract you from this challenging course. You'll have plenty of time to soak in the scenery from the top of Iroquois Lighthouse. Climb 72 stairs to the top of this historic building for a panorama of Lake Superior's coastline, and then explore the museum, with its renovated interiors full of nautical memorabilia. Traipse down to the beach to hunt for curiously shaped driftwood or banded agates. Linger at overlooks or picnicking areas to watch the sun set over the bay.
If you're not ready for your adventures to end, head north to Whitefish Point. Just a few miles off the byway, this detour will take you to the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Learn about historic shipwrecks, such as the controversial legend of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Then, if you are an experienced SCUBA divers, you can plunge into the waters to explore a shipwreck graveyard at the Whitefish Point Underwater Preserve.
Whitefish Bay Scenic Byway offers a sandy getaway to the Upper Peninsula, where all the relaxation you might want is ready for you to enjoy it.
Points of Interest
Points of Interest Along The Way
Hiawatha National Forest (MI)
Covering much of the eastern part of the upper peninsula of Michigan, the Hiawatha National Forest is almost completely surrounded by water. The 880,000 acre forest was named for Longfellow's poem and is a second growth forest.