Today Pentoga Park offers a swimming beach, picnic area, boat launch, an elaborate new playground, fish-cleaning house, and campground. (See "Camping" section.) Supplies for shuffleboard, horseshoes, and volleyball are at the entrance booth. An old Indian trail leads to the Brule River three miles away. 1,100-acre Chicaugon Lake is unusually deep (115 feet) and clear. It's known for walleye, for muskies in June and September, and for whitefish, which spawn along the shore in November. If you're seeking peace and quiet, be advised that Chicaugon Lake is quite an active lake. It's quieter on the chain of lakes at Bewabic State Park, where local people don't like having to pay for the state park permit.
On CR 424 midway between Caspian and Alpha. From U.S. 2, take CR 639 south just west of Bewabic State Park. (906) 265-3979. Daily pass in summer $2, season pass $5. Handicap accessible parking, restrooms.
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POINTS OF INTEREST
Iron County Museum. Multifaceted museum includes satisfying exhibits on the area's geology, logging, musical and ethnic heritage, life in mines (great video), plus 24 outdoor buildings (10 old log barns, houses, outbuildings), intact Caspian Mine headframe ... more
Ski Brule. In a scenic hilly setting is a resort with miles of cross-country skiing trails, two snowboard parks, Alpine skiing, and in summer mountain bike trails, horseback riding, canoeing and tubing ... more
Lake Ottawa Park/Ge Chi Ski Trail. This pleasant Ottawa National Forest park is on crystal-clear, 551-acre Lake Ottawa. It has hiking trails, a swimming beach, fishing pier, and a handsome CCC-era pavilion/bathhouse with fireplaces. ... more
George Young Recreational Complex. Open to the general public, this plush golf course and indoor swimming pool is sited on a 3,300-acre complex bordering 3 lakes. Foxes, deer, and eagles are not unusual sights for golfers here ... more
Pentoga Park. Opened in 1922, this is one of Michigan's very first county parks, located at an Ojibwa burial ground. Take an old 3-mile Indian Lake to the Brule River, fish the deep, 1,100-acre Chicaugon Lake for walleye and muskie, or use the swimming beach and picnic area ... more