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Lake Antoine Park

Lake Antoine Park
The shade provided by mature trees makes this park especially pleasant on hot summer days.

The park on spring-fed, 748-acre Lake Antoine is a handy getaway spot, thanks to its convenient location just east of Iron Mountain's north side. The views are of hills once punctuated by mine shafthouses, and of nearby suburban homes. "Although the lake is fully developed and fishing pressure is very high," writes Tom Huggler in Fish Michigan: 100 Upper Peninsula Lakes, "some consider it to be one of the best lakes in the western U.P. . . . .The west side is better for walleyes. . . . Overall the lake is a steady producer of largemouth bass."

Bluegill, crappie, perch, northern - it's an amazing fishery in an urban area, partly because of DNR stocking, but quite possibly also because of all the minnows dropped by anglers. So speculates the county parks director. A seniors' park on the northwest shore offers shore fishing and a wheelchair-accessible fishing pier.

The pleasant, well-maintained day-use part of the park is on the lake's north shore. Big oaks shade the 80 close-spaced modern campsites (see Camping) and some of the picnic area. There's a nice, long swimming beach with a shallow dropoff, benches by the water, a playground, and volleyball. At the concession stand/camp store/park office, you can pick up an annotated map of the park's short nature trail.
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On Lake Antoine Rd CR 396 east off U.S. 2 on the north end of Iron Mountain via Lake Antoine Rd.Turn at the blinker light by Mel's Diner. 774-8875. Mostly wheelchair-accessible.

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POINTS OF INTEREST
Downtown Iron Mountain. More than meets the eye: striking historic architecture on Hughitt Street, an interesting collection of shops on A Street. Scattered in the area are a classic workingman's shoe store, a sophisticated Italian bakery, an interior decorator/accessory shop with a high-impact cottage style. ... more

Italian North Side. A trim working-class neighborhood with some serious vegetable gardens, small grocery markets, acorner bar, an Italian Catholic church ... more

Menominee Range Historical Museum. In a handsome 1901 Carnegie Library, museum focused on Dickinson County's history, based on local individuals' collections, from tin soldiers to Indian curios ... more

Cornish Pump Engine & Mining Museum. A huge 1893 steam-operated pump with 40-foot flywheel used to dewater the Chapin iron mine and displays on mining techniques and geology---mining equipment, historical photos, and geological specimens, plus displays about the WWII wooden gliders made nearby ... more

Pine Mountain Ski Jump. There's been more competitive ski jumping at this majestic slide than anywhere else in the U.S. Climb it in summer for a grand view ... more

Pine Mountain Resort. Developed by Milwaukee brewer Fred Pabst, this 1938 ski resort has developed into a beautiful, year-round facility with pleasant indoor pool and 18-hole championship golf course ... more

Lake Antoine Park. Popular large spring-fed Lake Antoine lies just beyond Iron Mountain's north side. On its northern shore lies this pleasant county park with its large oaks, campsites, swimming beach, nature trail, and fishing pier ... more

Scenic Bypass around Iron Mountain. A scenic route around the north side of Lake Antoine ... more

Iron Mountain Bat Mine & Vista. Great vista of Iron Mountain plus entrance to mineshaft where huge population of bats spends the winter. ... more

Iron Mountain City Park. Good locally available picnic food combines with this picturesque hillside city park west of downtown for a pleasant outing ... more

Northwoods Wilderness Outfitters & Adventure Store. There are lots of outdoor expeditions in this region, so the well-stocked store here is a welcome destination. Kayak, canoe, and fishing outings are also offered ... more

Iron Mountain Wi-fi Hotspot. Dickinson County Library has wi-fi. 401 Iron Mountain St. (1 block east of US-2) ... more

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