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M-35 ALONG THE GREEN BAY SHORE

Region: Escanaba, Menominee & the Green Bay Shore

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Sawmill towns, now dwindled to a few stores and buildings, grew up where the Ford River and Cedar River empty into Green Bay. From Escanaba to Menominee today's M-35 parallels the lakeshore. It passes not only cottages and suburban homes but also five parks, some with camping, with trails and over four miles of public shoreline. Behind the sandy shoreline in many places are natural areas full of plants like the tall, weedy Aurelia sarsaparilla. These attract many butterflies - so many that they are often clearly visible from the highway when conditions are favorable in August and September.
For over 10 miles north of Menominee, Green Bay is almost always in view. It's a pleasant drive, especially if you have time to stop and picnic or take a hike by the lake. Wells State Park has a wonderful trail system. On summer weekends, the West Shore Fishing Museum gives a good idea of the area's commercial fishing and prehistoric Native American fishing in exhibits at a successful fishing family's homestead of 1910.

M-35 from Menominee to Gladstone haqs been designated as the Hidden Coast Recreational Heritage Trail not a bike path but a motor route with over 100 inventoried points of scenic and historic interest. Special signage will point them out.

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