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Iron-River is located along US Highway 2 in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, near Iron Lake and the Wisconsin state line. The friendly town of Iron River began as a lumber town and is now a popular tourist location as well. The Iron River, which is a natural brook trout stream, flows gently through the entire city, and shopping, restaurants and lodging are all available for visitors. State fisheries biologists call the waters around Iron River some of the best brook trout fishing in the state of Michigan. Camping, hiking, golfing, swimming, skiing and snowmobiling are also popular activities around the lake. And with stunning natural beauty, any time of the year is a good time to visit Iron River. Many special events take place in and around Iron River throughout the year, including the PRCA Pro Rodeo and the Iron County Fair, usually held in August. Other attractions in the area include The Iron County Museum, Camp Gibbs Recreation Area, Pentoga Park Indian Burial Grounds, and the historic Iron County Courthouse.

Surrounding areas: Crystal Falls, Michigan (14.8 mi)

Iron River Vacation Rentals

Iron River Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Americinn Motel & Suites40 E Adams StIron River, MI (906) 265-9100
Chicaugon Lake Inn1700 Country Rd 424Gaastra, MI3.1 mi.(906) 265-9244
Hardwood Hotel-tall PinesAmasa, MI13.2 mi.(906) 822-7713
Americinn Lac Vieux Desert CasinoN5384 US Hwy 45Watersmeet, MI28.3 mi.(800) 634-3444

Iron River Weather & Climate

The Northwestern Region of Michigan's Upper Peninsula is a wilderness area with four seasons - mild summers, cool springs and autumns and cold winters. 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 19°F -3°F 1.11 in. -
February 25°F -1°F 0.85 in. -
March 35°F 10°F 1.69 in. -
April 50°F 25°F 2.17 in. -
May 64°F 37°F 3.14 in. -
June 72°F 46°F 3.74 in. -
July 76°F 50°F 3.98 in. -
August 74°F 48°F 3.79 in. -
September 64°F 40°F 3.78 in. -
October 53°F 30°F 2.77 in. -
November 36°F 19°F 2.06 in. -
December 24°F 4°F 1.29 in. -

Iron River Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Ford airport (IMT) located about 31 miles southeast of Iron River in Iron Mountain Kingsford, Michigan, the Rhinelander Oneida County airport (RHI) located approximately 51 miles southwest of Iron River in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, the Sawyer International airport (SAW) located roughly 62 miles east of Iron River in Marquette, Michigan, and finally the Houghton County Memorial airport (CMX) located around 74 miles north of Iron River in Hancock, Michigan.

Iron River Attractions

Golf Courses
Iron River Country ClubIron RiverMI 
George Young RecreationGaastraMI3.7 mi.
Big Sand Lake Golf CoursePhelpsWI21.2 mi.
Lac Vieux Desert Golf CourseWatersmeetMI27.7 mi.
Spread Eagle Golf CourseSpread EagleWI28.7 mi.
Ski Areas
Ski BruleIron RiverMI 
Pine MountainIron MountainMI33.6 mi.
Porcupine MountainsOntonagonMI62.4 mi.
Marquette MountainMarquetteMI67.0 mi.
IndianheadWakefieldMI67.3 mi.
Big PowderhornBessemerMI72.5 mi.
Mount ZionIronwoodMI77.2 mi.
Mount AshwabayBayfieldWI114.8 mi.
Zoos and Aquariums
North Eastern Wisconsin ZooGreen BayWI113.1 mi.

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