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Fumee Lake Natural Area
located on the border of Wisconsin 
in the Upper Peninsula's Dickinson County 

Fumee Lake, Upper Michigan

Established in 1992, the Fumee Lake Natural Area has over 1800 acres used in a wide variety of non-motorized activities.  The Fumee Lake Natural Area was formed when 80% of Dickinson County voters favored a bonding proposal for the acquisition of Fumee Lake for its "use and preservation as a Natural Area". 

One of the area’s greatest attributes is its location.  A few minutes off U.S. 2 west of Norway and east of Quinnesec, it lies within five miles of Dickinson County’s most populated metro areas, a fact that a visitor is not able to detect due to the sheltering of the surrounding hills. 

The Fumee Lake Natural Area has a number of unique features.  Fumee Lake and Little Fumee Lake provide a total of five miles of undeveloped shoreline. In addition to numerous wetlands, 507 acres of surface water holds a fishery deemed "very remarkable and unique" by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The area has historically been home to a number of  rare or threatened species including the Bald Eagle, Common Loon, and seventeen species of orchids.  Three plants on Michigan's Threatened Species list are found here: Walking Fern, Purple Cliff-brake and Marsh Grass of Parnassus.

The Fumee Lake Natural Area is used by educators to teach students about ecology. A number of non-motorized recreational opportunities await its visitors. Hiking, biking, bird watching, and nature photography in the spring, summer, and fall; Cross country skiing and snow shoeing in the winter months. Everyone is welcome to enjoy this four-season natural area.   

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For more information on the Dickinson County Area,  contact:
The Tourism Association of the Dickinson County Area
(800) 236-2447


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