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Natural Wonders

Students walking down Presque Isle

Northern is located in the city of Marquette (pop. 20,000) in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The region offers: 11 hiking trails; 96 miles of cross country ski trails; 500 miles of snowmobile trails; 11 accessible waterfalls; and about 10 miles of city bike paths.

Presque Isle Park

328-acre peninsula park with hiking/ski trails, boat launch, scenic drive, picnic areas, play ground, band shell, Moosewood Nature Center and indoor/outdoor pavilion surrounded by both sandy and rocky beaches. Dramatic views from Presque Isle include a great view of the Superior Dome and NMU campus and Sunset Point.

Marquette Mountain

Downhill skiing and snowboarding on one of the longest vertical runs in the Midwest.

Lake Superior

1100 miles of scenic shoreline, sailing, diving, fishing and swimming.

Echo Lake Nature PreserveEcho Lake Nature Preserve

Located 7.5 miles outside of Marquette, Echo Lake Nature Preserve is a fantastic place to escape studying and relax on the shores of a pristine lake surrounded by granite ridges. There are two miles of trails to follow through diverse ecosystems and old-growth forest, and a 20-acre lake with a sheer granite cliff on the south side.  Bring a book or a kayak, your sketchbook or your hiking boots! The Preserve is owned by The Nature Conservancy, a global non-profit organization with a mission to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends.