Along the U.P. Hidden Coast Route, the best way to view the Lake is to exit the highway and pull into one of the several recreational areas identified on the map. The word “hidden” is intriguing, especially when traveling or planning a trip. It spurs the thought of adventure and excitement.
The Heritage Route passes through both Delta and Menominee counties on the western shoreline of Lake Michigan in the central Upper Peninsula, and features parks, waterways, forests, trails, attractions, boat launches, harbors and campgrounds. Suggested stops range from cultural centers and modern entertainment, to historical sites and natural attractions.
The plan was developed by a group of representatives from local communities, governments, economic development agencies, businesses and other interest groups hoping to increase opportunities to manage, promote and market the area's unique recreational qualities. The group inventoried attractions along the route, developed a vision for the route's future, and has worked to inform the public of its efforts.
The U.P. Hidden Coast Recreation Route stretches sixty-four miles along the western shoreline of Lake Michigan in the central Upper Peninsula of Michigan. In its entirety, the route traverses in a south-north direction through Menominee and Delta counties. The two counties are home to Menominee, Escanaba and Gladstone cities, as well as Menominee, Ingallston, Cedarville, Ford River, Wells, and Escanaba townships. In all, the Heritage Route links nine jurisdictions, and several small communities, as it navigates between water and wilderness. In all, the U.P. Hidden Coast includes segments of three state trunklines: US 41, M-35, and US 2.
The southern beginning point of the Recreational Heritage Route is at the Michigan-Wisconsin border in the city of Menominee, the single largest entry point into the Upper Peninsula. It is at this location where the Menominee River, a river of historical significance from the fur-trading age to today's modern industry, divides the two states.
The northern beginning point is the city of Gladstone’s northern boundary; an area where, in the winter, visitors can witness thousands of fishing shacks nestled on the Little Bay de Noc.
Links to surrounding communities and organizations
The following list is not inclusive or exclusive. Contributions have been received from many individuals and agencies throughout this process.