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Big-Bay , once a busy lumber town located on a bay by the same name, is now a recreational playground located on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The town is surrounded by water; it rests along the shores of Lake Independence, with Lake Superior just to the north and east. It is also situated next to the McCormick Wilderness Tract of the Ottawa National Forest. The Big Bay region is considered one of the most popular four-season recreational areas of the state. In summer, you can charter a boat at the Big Bay Harbor for a sport fishing or sightseeing trip on Lake Superior, or take a guided tour on an inland lake or spend your days river fishing. Excellent ice fishing is also available on Lake Independence in the wintertime. The McCormick Tract is over 16, 850 acres of wilderness that contains 18 lakes and the Yellow Dog Wild and Scenic River. There are many trails that wind through the pristine wilderness of the Tract, perfect for hiking and snowshoeing. Some trails lead to waterfalls in the area. Other activities include swimming, water skiing, biking, hunting and camping. The Big Bay region receives a large amount of lake effect snow and there are over 2,500 miles of snowmobile trails connecting the entire area of the Upper Peninsula. If sports are not your cup of tea, come to Big Bay just to enjoy the incredible beauty and wildlife. This is moose country, so spotting one of these magnificent creatures as they come down to the lakeshore for an early morning or evening drink is not an uncommon sight.

Surrounding areas: Marquette, Michigan (24.0 mi), Keweenaw Bay, Michigan (35.7 mi), Gwinn, Michigan (39.2 mi)

Big Bay Vacation Rentals

Big Bay Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Country Inn850 US 41 WIshpeming, MI22.6 mi.(906) 485-6345
Marquette Super 8210 Northland DrMarquette, MI24.1 mi.(906) 228-8100
Brentwood Motor Inn2603 US 41 WMarquette, MI24.5 mi.(906) 228-7494
Comfort Suites2463 US 41 WMarquette, MI24.5 mi.(906) 228-0028
Days Inn2403 US 41 WMarquette, MI24.5 mi.(906) 225-1393
Econolodge - Lakeside2050 S US 41-M28Marquette, MI24.5 mi.(906) 225-1305
Knight's Inn Of Marquette5057 US 41 SMarquette, MI24.5 mi.(888) 682-7693
Marquette Super 8 Motel1275 US 41 W 5Marquette, MI24.5 mi.(906) 228-8100
Travelodge1010 M-28 EMarquette, MI24.5 mi.(906) 249-1712
Value Host Motor Inn1101 US Hwy 41 WMarquette, MI24.5 mi.(906) 225-5000
Village Inn Of Marquette1301 N Third StMarquette, MI24.5 mi.(906) 226-9400

Big Bay Weather & Climate

The Northwest Region of Michigan's Upper Peninsula is a wilderness area with seasons. Severe winters are commonplace. The climate is greatly influenced by Lake Superior, as well as cold, dry air coming from the Arctic region. The Lake acts as a giant humidifier, increasing the moisture content of the air throughout the year. In the winter, this moisture condenses as snow when it reaches the land, creating heavy snowfall, known as "snow squalls." The shores of Lake Superior are prone to this "lake effect" snow and have recorded up to 350 inches of snow in a single year. However, average snowfall for this area is 177 days per year. In summer, the cooling lake breezes have a positive effect on the climate, keeping it from becoming too hot and uncomfortable. This area has an average of only one-day per year when the temperature reaches 90 degrees F.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 23°F 8°F 1.73 in. -
February 28°F 9°F 1.21 in. -
March 37°F 17°F 2.04 in. -
April 49°F 28°F 2.00 in. -
May 64°F 37°F 2.60 in. -
June 72°F 47°F 3.29 in. -
July 78°F 53°F 3.10 in. -
August 75°F 53°F 3.00 in. -
September 67°F 46°F 3.47 in. -
October 55°F 36°F 2.96 in. -
November 40°F 26°F 2.32 in. -
December 28°F 14°F 2.02 in. -

Big Bay Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Sawyer International airport (SAW) located about 35 miles south of Big Bay in Marquette, Michigan, the Houghton County Memorial airport (CMX) located approximately 43 miles northwest of Big Bay in Hancock, Michigan, and finally the Ford airport (IMT) located roughly 71 miles southwest of Big Bay in Iron Mountain Kingsford, Michigan.

Big Bay Attractions

Golf Courses
Wawonowin Country ClubChampionMI23.6 mi.
Chocolay Downs Golf CourseMarquetteMI24.0 mi.
Marquette Golf & Country ClubMarquetteMI24.0 mi.
Ski Areas
Marquette MountainMarquetteMI24.5 mi.
Ski BruleIron RiverMI66.1 mi.
Pine MountainIron MountainMI70.5 mi.
Porcupine MountainsOntonagonMI75.0 mi.
IndianheadWakefieldMI107.4 mi.
Big PowderhornBessemerMI112.6 mi.
Mount ZionIronwoodMI118.4 mi.

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