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Munising, Michigan
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Munising the county seat for Alger County is located on M-28. Population:  3,083. It is the western gateway to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  Grand Island is located directly north of town.  The large number of waterfalls in and around Munising make it a popular tourist destination. The town on the east shore of Munising Bay began in 1850 when the Munising Iron Company bought the land and platted the village, known as Old Munising and later as East Munising. William A. Cox became the first postmaster of Munising on December 22, 1858. The office was closed on April 10, 1873, as the Munising Iron Company failed and the office was alternately opened and closed as other iron firms continued the enterprise. In 1894, Timothy Nester and his associates began building the present city at the foot of the harbor where it was platted in 1895. Arthur S. Nester became the postmaster of its permanent post office on January 4, 1895.  Incorporated as a village in 1897 and as a city in 1915. The county seat since 1902.  It was in Schoolcraft County until Alger was organized in 1885. Munising, a change from Minissing, was Indian for island in a lake, or near the island, and was so called after Grand Island opposite.

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ATTRACTIONS:  Amusement Parks, Casinos, Farms & Mills, Historic Sites, Lighthouses, Museums, Planetariums, Tours, Waterfalls, Wineries, and Zoos

Alger Falls [Waterfalls], Alger Creek, Munising.

Chapel Falls [Waterfalls], Section Creek, 14 miles northeast of Munising.

East Channel Lighthouse, Grand Island, Hiawatha National Forest, Munising, MI 49862, Phone: (906) 786-4062. Built in 1863, this lighthouse sits on the southeast shore of Grand Island on private property and was automated in 1913. The lighthouses function was replaced by the Munising Range Lights.

Garden Bay Winery [Wineries & Vineyards], 312 East Superior Ave., Munising, MI 49862, Phone: (906) 361-0318

Grand Island North Lighthouse, Grand Island, Munising, MI 49862, Phone: (906) 387-2138. On the northwest point of Grand Island. Since the Grand Island North Lighthouse is on private property, it cannot be viewed from land. Also, its location atop the cliff precludes viewing from the water, leaving views from the air the only possibility.

Grand Sable Banks and Dunes [Natural Attractions], Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  Five mile stretch of 275-foot banks rising from Lake Superior.  Topped by 85-foot high Grand Sable Dunes covering five-square mile area.

Memorial Falls [Waterfalls], Tannery Creek, located on H-58 in Munising.

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Miners Falls [Waterfalls], Miners River, 8 miles northeast of Munising.

Mosquito Falls [Waterfalls], Mosquito River, 10.5 miles northeast of Munising.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, P.O. Box 40, Munising, Michigan 49862-0040. Phone: (906) 387-3700. Sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, lakes, forest, and shoreline beckon you to visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Hiking, camping, sightseeing, and four season outdoor opportunities abound. The Lakeshore hugs the Lake Superior shoreline for more than 40 miles. Lake Superior is the largest, deepest, coldest, and most pristine of all the Great Lakes.

DINING 0UT:  Breweries, Dinner Trains & Cruises, Restaurants, and Wineries

Dogpatch Restaurant [Family Restaurant], East Superior, Munising, MI 49862, Phone: (906) 387-9948

Foggy's Steak House & Lounge [Steakhouse Restaurants], 100 West Superior Street, Munising, MI 49862, Phone: (906) 387-3357

Golden Heart Chinese-Thai Restaurant [Chinese & Thai Cuisine Restaurants], 200 East Superior Street, Munising, MI 49862, Phone: (906) 387-5445

PLACES TO STAY:  Apartments, Bed & Breakfasts, Cabins & Cottages, Condominiums, Historic Inns, Hotels & Motels, Resorts and Vacation Homes

Bay Watch Vacation Home, 1411 Center Street, Munising, MI 49862, Phone (906) 387-1633

Hiawatha’s Hideaway, LLC, 1411 Center Street, Munising, MI 49862, Phone: (906) 387-1633

Hillcrest Motel & Cabins, E9454 Highway M28 East, Munising, MI 49862, Phone: (906) 387-2858

Kemosabe Cabin Rentals, 9215 Powell Lake Rd, Wetmore MI 49895, Phone: 1-800-257-1457

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Northwoods Retreat, Woodland Ave, Munising, Michigan 49862, Phone: (906) 387-2918

Powell Shores Lodge & Suite,  4132 Powell Lake Rd, Munising, MI 49862, Phone: (906) 450-4386

Trail View Cabins, Buckhorn Road, Munising, MI 49862, Phone: (906) 387-2402

COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS:  Business, Civic, Clubs, Colleges, Fraternal, Independent Schools, Political, Public Schools, Religious, Social,  Universities, Veteran, etc.

Alger County Chamber of Commerce [Chambers of Commerce], 129 E. Munising Avenue, Munising, MI 49862, Phone: (906) 387-2138

Upper Peninsula Online [Internet Business Directory], 3980 Curtisville Rd., South Branch, MI 48761, Phone: (989) 726-4416

INDOOR & OUTDOOR RECREATION:  Beaches, Biking, Boating, Bowling, Camping, Dog-sledding, Fishing, Golfing, Hiking, Hunting, Kayaking, ORVing, Nature & Parks, Scuba Diving & Snorkling, Skating & Hockey, Skiing, Sports Rentals, Snowmobiling, Snowshoeing.

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Alger Underwater Preserve [Underwater Preserves, Scuba Diving], Munising, MI 49862, Phone: (800) 970-8717. The Alger Underwater Preserve is located on the south shore of Lake  Superior near the city of Munising in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  This area of Lake Superior’s shoreline includes the Pictured Rocks  National Lakeshore, Grand Island and the sheltered waters of Munising  Bay. The Alger Underwater Preserve offers several unusual diving  attractions including ”sea caves,” intact shipwrecks, and underwater  interpretive trails.

Buck Sporting Lodge [Hunting & Fishing Preserves], E5372 State Highway M94, Munising, MI 49862, Phone: (906) 439-5242

Grand Island Snowmobile Rentals [Snowmobile Rentals], 1204 Commercial Street, Munising, MI 49862, Phone: (906) 387-2772

Great Lakes Taxidermy [Taxidermist], 1486 Center St, Munising, Michigan 49862, Phone: (906) 387-3688

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Northern Arms [Guns & Gunsmiths, Sporting Goods], N8004 Koski Rd., Munising, MI 49862, Phone: (906) 202-1538

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Munising Pro Sports [Snowmobile Rentals], E9650 Prospect St., Munising, Michigan 49862, Phone: (906) 387-4940

Munising Snowmobile Rentals [Snowmobile Rentals}, E 10160 Highway M-28, Wetmore, MI 49895, Phone: (906) 387-4300

Wagner Falls Scenic Site, Munising, MI 49862. Approximate Size: 22 (Acres). Phone Number: (906) 341-2355. This scenic waterfall is nestled amongst virgin pine and hemlock trees. There is a small parking area and a half-mile trail with an observation deck overlooking the falls.

Triple Creek Kennels & Buck Sporting Lodge [Dog Sledding], E5372 Highway M-94, Munising, MI 49862, Phone: (906) 439-5242

SERVICES:  Building, Dental, Personal, Professional, Medical, Real Estate, Rental, Repair, etc.

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SHOPPING:  Antique Shops & Flea Markets, Art & Craft Galleries, Florists, Gift Shops, Outlet Malls, Shopping Centers, Shopping Districts, and Specialty Shops

Garden Bay Winery [Wineries & Vineyards], 312 East Superior Ave., Munising, MI 49862, Phone: (906) 361-0318

Northern Arms [Guns & Gunsmiths, Sporting Goods], N8004 Koski Rd., Munising, MI 49862, Phone: (906) 202-1538


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