Marinette County Attractions
From the gently rolling hills and valleys of the farmlands in the south, to the lush forests in the north, each of Marinette County's communities feature a diversity of resources and scenery. In addition to the pastoral beauty of the area, Marinette County offers a wide range of attractions and events that make for a wonderful quality of life for residents and visitors alike.
The small communities throughout Marinette County make every visit to the area wonderful. Known to Wisconsinites as the Waterfall Capital of Wisconsin, Marinette County has more than 10 waterfalls nestled among the beautiful backdrops of endless forests. The Peshtigo River, which both rages and tamely flows through Marinette County, provides outdoor enthusiasts with many activities, including fantastic fishing and boating, the adventures of some of the Midwest's wildest whitewaters, and a chance to get a close look at wildlife. The hunting in Marinette County can be considered the best around with more deer per acre than anywhere else in Wisconsin. But not only does Marinette County provide its residents and visitors with exquisite countryside…Marinette County also has strong communities that keep it industrially competitive. The City of Marinette boasts its strong retail and industrial base due to its direct access to the Great Lakes. And this wonderful location also makes Marinette a beautiful waterfront town. Nearby, Peshtigo is a town of great re-birth. Destroyed in 1871 by the worst fire on record, Peshtigo has been rebuilt with an even stronger economy and a place that attracts lots of visitors.
MUSEUMS AND HISTORICAL SITES
Marinette County Historical/Logging Museum
Stephenson Island, Marinette
Journey back to 1856 to the beginning of Marinette's logging era, a time when the tall pines helped start the construction boom of some of the largest Great Lake cities. Exhibits within the museum include a miniature replica of a 19th century logging camp; artifacts of the Native American tribes that lived along the Menominee River; a tribute to "Queen Marinette", the first woman to own a trading post in Marinette County; and other memorabilia from the community. Open Memorial Day through September, 10am - 4:30pm, Monday through Friday, and 12noon-4pm on Sundays. Admission.
Peshtigo Fire Museum
400 Oconto Avenue, Peshtigo
The Peshtigo Fire Museum is a reminder of how the town of Peshtigo, once a booming lumber town, was destroyed during history's most tragic fire and how it was rebuilt once again to be a thriving industrial town. The museum, housed in the first church rebuilt after the fire, tells the story of October 8, 1871…the fiery night that destroyed acres upon acres of crops and forests and every structure in Peshtigo, and took the lives of 800 Peshtigo citizens. Guided tours are available. Open Memorial Day through October 8, 9am-5pm daily. Free admission; donations accepted.
Crivitz Historical Society Museum
South Street, Crivitz
Step back in time and see how early Wisconsin settlers and industrialists lived. Museum exhibits include Native American artifacts, logging and farming tools and equipment, and musical instruments. In addition to these wonderful collections, the historical society has collected 19th century furniture, linens and materials to authentically re-create a typical kitchen, parlor, schoolroom, general store and physician's office just as it would have looked in the late 1800's. Open May 22 through Labor Day, 12noon-4pm, Wednesday through Saturday. Free admission; donations accepted.
W9289 Nutt Road, Amberg
715-759-5672 or 715-759-5744
The Amberg Museum takes visitors through Amberg's industrial and farming history, which includes exhibits on granite quarrying, logging, and domestic life of the late 1800's. Displays also feature town photographs and documents. Open Memorial Day through Labor Day, 11am-4pm, Saturdays Sundays. Free admission; donations accepted.
PARKS AND NATURE CENTERS
Marinette County Parks Department
Marinette County's Peshtigo River provides recreation and leisure for all types and abilities of water enthusiasts. The upper portion of the river flows through Nicolet National Forest and has some of the most difficult whitewater in the mid-west. Water adventurists must possess a high degree of skill to be able to handle the long and difficult rapids found in the waters above Caldron Falls Reservoirs. Where the river slows and widens below the town of Crivitz, more relaxing and calm waters can be found and enjoyed by young and old alike. The central river reservoirs provide great lake paddling for all abilities.
Badger Park & Badger Boardwalk
Emery Avenue, Peshtigo
Welcome to 57 acres of fun for all ages…Badger Park provides facilities for all types of fun and recreation including two pavilions, a camp ground, a beach along the Peshtigo River, picnic area, horseshoe pits, volleyball courts and more! Not only is Badger Park a great place for family or group get-togethers and picnics, but it is also a great place to take your kids on a sunny day. Badger Park is home to Badger Boardwalk…Peshtigo's playland for all ages. This amazing playground was built by community effort and features swings and slides, logs and ladders, highs and lows, a dragon and a school bus to climb on, an obstacle course, towers and tunnels…making for hours of fun for the whole family.
Marinette County Waterfall Tour
Marinette County Parks Department
Known as the Waterfall Capital of Wisconsin, Marinette County boasts more than 10 accessible waterfalls including Veteran's Falls, Strong Falls, Twelve Foot Falls, Long Slide Falls, Piers Gorge and many more. Plan to take an entire day to cruise around from location to location and view these natural wonders -- just be sure to remember your camera! The parks department has compiled a list that will help you tour these magnificent places. All waterfalls are within walking distance from the parking areas and most of the waterfalls are located within the county park system. A $1.00 fee is charged for all day entrance to any county park.
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SPECIAL THINGS TO DO
Marinette Farmers Market
Stevenson Street Pierce Avenue, Marinette
Come and see, touch, smell and buy the farm fresh produce, flowers and crafts that Marinette County farmers and craftsmen have to offer. Beginning at 7am until noon on Tuesdays and Fridays, the farmers market is a great way to support Marinette County's small communities. Market runs early July through late October.
Porterfield Music Festivals
Green's Green Acres, Hwy 64, Marinette
715-735-5282 (ticket information) or 715-789-2130 (camping information)
Welcome to one of the Midwest's largest and most entertaining country musical festivals. Complete with some of country music's top performers, great camping and good food, this festival makes for a fantastic outdoor weekend. Past performers include country greats like Merle Haggard, Ronnie Prophet, Johnnie Cash, and George Jones. Contemporary country favorites perform, too…including Martina McBride, JoDee Mesina, Tracy Lawrence and more. Call for next year's ticket and show information.
Marinette County Bicycle Tours
Marinette County Tourism
The beautiful and diverse countryside of Marinette County, which includes many spectacular waterfalls, lush forests and rolling hills, allows for fantastic and scenic bicycle tours. These exceptional tours include the Pembine / Amberg Loop which is 30 miles long and takes you through rolling hills, around Twelve Foot Falls and Dave's Falls and through creeks, lakes and woodlands. Also, the Thunder Mountain Loop is a great riding adventure for the bicyclist with more stamina. For the complete listing of tours available with a description of the tour, the distance and level of difficulty, contact the Marinette County Tourism Board for a pamphlet and map of the bicycle tours.
Peshtigo River Tube Rides
Peshtigo River Campground
Enjoy Marinette County's Stress Reduction Therapy Program…let daily worries go, and relax as you gently drift down the Peshtigo River in your own innertube. As you float, listen to the sounds of the river, see the eagles and hawks fly above, and watch as the local wildlife comes down to the riverbank for a drink. Innertubes are rented for reasonable rates and the campground offers free shuttle service to the launch site. The tube ride lasts from 2 to 6 hours - just enough time to be completely relaxed!
Theater on the Bay
750 West Bay Shore, Marinette
In the tradition of 'Summer Stock' and directed and produced by the University of Wisconsin - Marinette, the school's Drama Department performs a variety of comedies, dramas and musicals, June through August. Periodic winter productions held. Call for next season's schedule of shows.
POINTS OF INTEREST
Peshtigo Reef Lighthouse
Offshore Peshtigo Point, Green Bay of Lake Michigan
Built in 1934 this lighthouse stands over 70 feet high and is only accessible by boat. No tours available at this time.
Marinette Chamber of Commerce, Marinette
Enjoy the historic tour through Marinette and learn the rich history of an era gone by. The tour begins on Stephenson Island, named after Marinette's foremost lumber baron who also was a United States Senator (1906-1914). As you journey onto the mainland part of Marinette, the tour takes you down Riverside Drive, which is filled with many statues and monuments commemorating the forefathers and mothers that created this profitable industrial community. The tour also takes visitors through historically significant residential areas. Call the Chamber of Commerce for the tour brochure.