Attractions in the Nahma Area

Things to do & see in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

dogs on Bay de NocLocated on Lake Michigan in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the Nahma Inn offers a variety of things to do and see throughout the year. Below are some of the outdoor adventures and local attractions that you can do while staying at the Inn.

Outdoor activities:

  • Fishing – Year-round fishing on Big Bay de Noc for walleye, pike, perch and bass; Trout fishing on the Sturgeon River
    • Michigan DNR Boat Launch next to the Nahma Inn
    • Many inland lakes
  • Hunting – Whitetail deer, black bear, grouse other small game in the Hiawatha National Forest
  • Canoe & Kayaking – Big Bay de Noc & Sturgeon River
  • ATV & Snowmobile Riding – ORV & groomed snowmobile trails throughout the Hiawatha National Forest
  • Golfing – 9-hole courses at the Nahma Golf Course and the Upper Peninsula Golf & Lake Resort. Other area courses also available.

Area Attractions:

Dogsledding with the Wilderness Trail Outfitters

Dogsled Tours start on December 1 and run to April 30. They also offer Fall Training Tours for those who want to go during a warmer season. They offer trips for individuals or for groups. Visit their website to get more info on this unique adventure.

The Upper Peninsula Golf & Lake Resort

Occupies the old Nahma mill building and the lumber port’s lagoon-like slips that lead out to Big Bay de Noc. There are rentals:¬†bicycles, sports equipment, boats, canoes, paddleboats, fishing boats, and jet skis. Boats can be launched on the resort’s slips¬†or at the DNR Boat Launch next door.

Nahma Golf Course


Constructed in the 1922, this “vintage” 9-hole course offers a challenging layout with scenic views of Lake Michigan & Big Bay de Noc. Powered golf carts and rental clubs available. Plays 2,812 yards with a par of 36.

big springs kitch-iti-kipiBig Springs (Kitch-iti-kipi)
Two hundred feet across, the 40-foot deep Kitch-iti-kipi is Michigan’s largest freshwater spring. Over 10,000 gallons a minute gush from fissures in the underlying limestone. The flow continues throughout the year at a constant 45 degrees Fahrenheit. By means of a self-operated observation raft, visitors are guided to vantage points overlooking fascinating underwater features and fantasies. Ancient tree trunks, lime-encrusted branches and fat trout appear suspended in nothingness as they slip through crystal waters far below. Clouds of sand kept in constant motion by gushing waters create ever-changing shapes and forms, a challenge to the imagination of young and old alike.

Fayette Ghost Town
Located on the Garden Peninsula, this picturesque iron smelting “ghost town,” is toward the tip of the 21-mile-long Garden Peninsula. This Michigan State Park offers tours of historic buildings, a boat marina, beautiful views and a great day adventure.

Snowmobile & ATV Trails

The Nahma Grade Snowmobile Trail: 31 miles

It is marked and groomed for your winter enjoyment. Connections can be made to other trails to increase your total ride. These trails are maintained jointly by the USDA Forest Service and the Michigan Department of Natural resources. Grooming of the trail is done by the Michigan DNR. Maps and regulations are available at the District Rangers Office or the Supervisor’s Office of the Hiawatha National Forest. The trail head is on I-40 near County Road 509, 2 miles east of Rapid River, in Delta County. The first segment is 11 miles long and is located on a natural gas pipeline. It passes through lowlands, stands of jack pine, and sand flats. Near Forest Highway 13, the trail takes you north 20.3 miles to connect with the Baldy Lake Trail at County Road 440. Much of this segment uses the old abandoned logging railroad grades.

Baldy Lake Trail: 13 miles

The Baldy Lake Trail begins 1 mile off M-94 along the Coal Wood Trail and proceeds south to Delta County Road 440 where it links with the Nahma Grade Trail. Phone, fuel, and food are available 1/4 mile west of the trail on FR-2254. Phone, food, and supplies are also available along FH-13, 1 mile east of the intersection of Baldy Lake Trail and Delta County Road 440.