Spring on the Garden Peninsula is full of fresh change as the snow melts away and trees and flowers start to bud. Mushroom hunting in our state forests or a beautiful hike are delightful way to experience the season, or go off road in an ATV for an exciting thrill.

Experience this season!


The Garden Peninsula has its very own ghost town – at least that is what some call it. Fayette State Park manages the historic site of the town of Fayette. In the 1860s Fayette was a boom town created to make pig iron. Today, you can step back in time and relive a bit of that time in history. Situated right on Big Bay de Noc, the historic site of Fayette, rests in the shadows of towering limestone bluffs. One of the most beautiful views in Michigan is to look down on the town from the top of these bluffs. Fayette State Park features a campground, picnic area and public beach.


Navigate a raft across one of the world’s largest (and clearest) freshwater springs. Peer into the various shades of green and teal colored waters as you watch gigantic trout cruising on the bottom of the spring. 

Ideal for tent and small campers this rustic campground is truly getting away from it all. Launch your kayak, canoe or small boat at the boat landing or from your campsite. Portage Bay hosts a true wilderness walking trail that gives you access to state land open for hunting.


Village of Garden Open House

May 24

The vibrant Village of Garden warmly welcomes you to its Annual Open House. We like to start off the spring/summer season with a bang. We host a number of activities that includes a plethora of locally produced art displayed at the Village Artisans, a historical museum and more. The Garden Peninsula is home to the only giant turbine wind farm in the Upper Peninsula. Get up close and personal to these giants by taking a tour. After your tour you can feast on a delicious community dinner or sample the food/spirits at two of our local restaurants. Make sure you visit the Garden Peninsula Welcome Center to learn about the other abundant activities to be found on the Garden Peninsula.

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