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Birding Gogebic-Ontonagon County: Hotspots near Ironwood & Ontonagon

 

(A) Little Girls Point County Park ★

Situated on bluffs rising high above Lake Superior, Little Girls Point County Park is a popular place to visit. During migration, the point is an excellent place to watch large flocks of flying waterfowl overhead. Long-tailed Ducks and all three species of Scoters are sometimes present. There is a campground at the point that usually opens around May 10.

Website: goo.gl/a2e7dU | Map: Click here
Phone: (906) 663-4428
Hours: The park opens in early May every year.
Directions: Click here

 

(B) Black River Harbor Campground ★

Located in pristine riparian habitat, Black River Harbor Campground is one of the most beautiful places in the UP. The river has five major waterfalls and countless smaller ones leading into it. One of the best places to look for birds is Black River Harbor, which hosts nesting Double-crested Cormorants and other waterfowl. The campground has 40 first come, first serve rustic sites with flush toilets.

Website: goo.gl/jKHi2P
Hours: The campground is open 24/7.
Fees: The fee for camping is $16 a night and is self-pay.
Directions: Click here

Double-crested CormorantDouble-crested Cormorant

 

(C) Porcupine Mountains Wilderness SP ★★

A true north woods gem, Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park is one of the largest protected areas in the Midwest. The park covers 60,000 acres of land, featuring white pines, hidden lakes, and whitewater rivers. The park’s vastness makes it difficult to pinpoint a single birding hotspot. One of the most scenic places to visit is Lake in the Clouds, where Peregrine Falcons nest on the cliffs and can be seen soaring by on thermal currents.

The park has dozens of hikes for visitors to explore—the trails at the end of Summit Peak Rd are a good place to see many kinds of warblers during the spring. Two other trails notable for their abundant birdlife are Little Carp River Trail and Lake Superior Trail.

Website: goo.gl/t6q44w | Map: Click here
Phone: (906) 885-5275
Fees: Recreation Passport required ($11 resident, $31.10 non-resident)
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(D) Victoria Dam Access ★

Victoria Dam Access provides birders with a place to set up their scopes and scan Victoria Reservoir for Lesser Scaups and other ducks. The 260-acre lake filled with water in 1931 when the dam’s construction halted the flow of the Ontonagon River.

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American WidgeonAmerican Widgeon

 

(E) Bond Falls State Park ★★

Highlighted by a 60-foot high waterfall, Bond Falls State Park is one of the most scenic destinations in the Upper Peninsula. During the summer, several different species of warblers call the park home, including Magnolia, Black-throated Green, Bay-breasted, and Canada. Because black fly larvae grow in running water, the area surrounding the falls can become extremely buggy in June. Be sure to bring bug spray.

Website: michigan.gov/bondfalls
Phone: (906) 353-6558
Fees: Recreation Passport required ($11 resident, $31.10 non-resident)
Directions: Click here

Bay-breasted WarblerBay-breasted Warbler

 

(F) Marion Lake Campground ★

Seldom used, Marion Lake Campground provides visitors with beauty and tranquility seldom found elsewhere. The campground has a significant amount of privacy vegetation between each of its 39 campsites. There are vault toilets and hand water pumps available. The west and south shores of the 318-acre Marion Lake are viewable from lakeside spurs, enabling visitors enjoy the incredible scenery. There is a sandy beach and two boat landings adjacent to the campground.

When spring arrives at Marion Lake Campground, the open waters nearby provide an excellent place to search for waterfowl. Trumpeter Swans, Greater Scaups, and Bufflehead can easily be found.

Website: goo.gl/dRUwuA
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(G) Sylvania Wilderness and RA ★★

Sylvania Wilderness and Recreation Area is a 18,327-acre wilderness with many opportunities for outdoor activities. Hiking, canoeing, and fishing can be enjoyed by visitors looking for activities complementary to birding. The park has 34 different lakes to search for waterfowl. Some of the tallest Red Pines in Michigan live within the old-growth forest surrounding the lakes.

Another one of the park’s highlights is an 8-mile long hiking trail, which travels the circumference of Clark Lake. The hike features beautiful scenery and excellent wildlife viewing. Birders who wish to walk around Clark Lake must register at the entrance station before starting out.

Website: goo.gl/TQN2t9
Phone: (906) 358-4551
Hours: The entrance station is open May 15 to September 30, from 8am to 5:30am.
Fees: From May 15 to September 30, visitors will be charged $5 per vehicle for a daily pass. A season pass is $20 per vehicle.
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