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Bessemer, Michigan

Nestled among numerous bluffs, Bessemer is the county seat of Gogebic County, home to Copper Peak, the world's highest ski-flying structure and the site of several international ski Flying Meets as well as two of the Midwest's premier downhill ski resorts, Big Powerhorn and Blackjack Mountains.  Rushing waterfalls line the Black River Parkway which culminates where the Black River empties into Lake Superior.

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Attractions

Algonquin Falls is technically a rapids or cascades.  This area has limited access and is not often visited.

Black River - The Wild and Scenic River section of the Black River of Gogebic County is known for the many waterfalls produced as the river tumbles down from near Copper Peak to Lake Superior. The river drops more than 200 feet (61 m) over five separate named cataracts beginning 2 miles (3.2 km) from its mouth. The first three named falls (not included in the five mentioned before) are smaller, farther apart, and have limited access. Some of these seven waterfalls are easily accessible from the parallel Black River Road (Gogebic County Route 513) north of Bessemer, while other waterfalls require a more strenuous hike to see. Roadside trails provide access to Gorge Falls and Potawatomi Falls.

Black River Recreation Area [Wildlife Viewing Area] - U.S. Forest Service Phone: (906) 667-0261. From Bessemer, drive east on US-2 about 1 mile to  County Road 513 (Black River Road). Turn left (north) and follow  the signs for the Black River Scenic Byway. The scenic Black River corridor is part  of the U. S. Forest Service’s National Scenic Byway  system. Rolling forested hills, stands of old growth  forest, wetlands, waterfalls, and dramatic relief  along the river corridor grace this beautiful site.  A campground, group shelter, boat ramp, beach, and  other developments can be found in Black River Harbor,  while much of the rest of this site is rustic and  undeveloped. The Black River Harbor is the only harbor  facility the Forest Service manages in the United  States.  Five picturesque waterfalls along the Black River  and large vertical bluffs along the Harbor are major  scenic attractions of this site. All are accessible  from Black River Road. The North Country National  Scenic Trail is another excellent way to access the  waterfalls and old growth pine/hemlock forest that  line the Black River corridor. The North Country National  Scenic Trail, when completed, will extend 3,200 miles  from New York to North Dakota. For more information  contact: North Country Trail Association, P.O. Box  311, White Cloud, MI 49349. Bald eagles have nested  along the river near the North Country Trail. n addition to being very scenic, the Black River  corridor is home to many uncommon and interesting  ferns and wildflowers, and songbird viewing is excellent  during spring. Watch for red-eyed vireos, hermit thrushes,  pine siskins, and least and great crested flycatchers.  Gulls, mergansers, and other waterfowl are common  at the campground and day-use area beaches along Lake  Superior. Merlins have nested near the bluffs and  are often observed from the harbor. During spring  and fall migrations, the harbor area is an excellent  site to observe migrating shorebirds, waterfowl and  birds of prey. A songbird trail with interpretive  signage that highlights resident breeding birds has  been developed from the campground. A songbird interpretive  tape that features the trail and resident breeding  birds is available from the campground host during  summer months.

Black River Road National Scenic Byway - The Black River Road was named a National Scenic Byway in 1992. The trails to two of the Black River waterfalls, Gorge and Potawatomi falls, have been designated National Recreation Trails due to their unique stairway designs (to provide easier access down the steep slopes) and observation platforms.

Chippewa Falls Chippewa falls drops nearly 10 feet (3 meters) over boulders and dead tree limbs.  This area has limited access and is not often visited.

Rocky Forty Falls, Siemens Creek, 3.5 miles Northwest of Bessemer.

Gorge Falls, the Black River constricts to about 7 feet (2 m) across and drops 20 feet (6 m) into a steep gorge, creating masses of foam as the water falls against the rocks below.

Great Conglomerate Falls is the southernmost (the Black River flows North) of the more publicized falls and the first large waterfall on the river's approach to Lake Superior. The river drops 30 feet (9 m) around a large piece of conglomerate rock, boulders and tree trunks into a deep gorge.

Heritage Center, 403 South Sophie Street, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 663-4091

Manakik Falls, Maple Creek, 11 miles Northwest of Bessemer.

Narrows Falls is technically a rapids or cascades. This area has limited access and is not often visited.

Potawatomi Falls drops nearly 40 feet (12 m) in two sections around a piece of conglomerate rock, similar to Great Conglomerate Falls.

Powderhorn Falls

Rainbow Falls is the northernmost waterfall on the Black River, less than 1 mile from Lake Superior. It is also the highest. Here, the water drops 45 feet (13.7 m) down into a rocky gorge. The waterfall here creates much mist, which, on a sunny day, creates a constant rainbow. The approach to this waterfall is the most strenuous, 200 steps are built on staircases and into the side of the hill, creating a very steep approach.

Sandstone Falls drops a total of 25 feet (7.6 m) in two sections, a 5 foot initial drop (pictured) and a 20 foot second drop. Sandstone Falls is named for the sandstone rocks along the riverbed that the river has cut channels through.

Restaurants & Bars

The Alpen Inn Tavern & Grill [Tavern, Bar Food], 6376 Alpen Road, Bessemer, MI 49911,  Phone: (906) 364-7078

Alpen Tavern & Grill [Tavern, Bar Food],  E6376 Alpen Rd, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 932-6600

Black River Valley Pub [Pub, American Cuisine],  N11582 Black River Rd, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 364-7477

Caribou Lodge Restaurant [American Cujisine],  11375 Powderhorn Rd, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone:(906) 932-4714

Dairy Queen [Ice Cream Parlors, Sandwich & Sub Shops],  201 US Highway 2, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 663-6061

Get-A-Way Café [Coffee Shops],  509 West Lead St, Bessemer, MI 49911,  Phone: (906) 364-3210

Gin Mill Bar [Bar, Bar Food],  208 S Sophie St., Bessemer, MI 49911,  Phone: (906) 663-6903

Hatch Bobby [American Cuisine],  217 E Sellar St, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 667-9121

J J's [American Cuisine],  N9979 S Johnson Rd, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 667-0435

Kinda Kountry Kafe & Krafts [Café, American Cuisine],  1002 E US Highway 2, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 667-0725

Lapanetteria Incorporated [Italian Cuisine, Bakery],  202 S Sophie St Apt 561, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 667-0188

Ore House Pub & Pizza [Pub, Pizzerias, Sandwich & Sub Shops],  8001 Mill St, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 663-6331

Pit Stop Bar & Grill [Sports Bar, Bar Food],  120 S Sophie St, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 663-4001

R J's Country Diner [American Cuisine],  E6314 US Hwy 2, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 667-0056

Tacconelli's To Go [Pizzeerias, Delicatessens],  100 S Massie Ave, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 663-9900

Vacation Rentals: Bed & Breakfasts, Cabins, Condominiums, Cottages, Hotels, Lodges, Motels, Resorts & Vacation Homes

The Abbey [Cabin/Cottage/Vacation Rentals], Sellar St., Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (262) 524-0781

Big Powderhorn Vacation Rentals: Bed & Breakfasts, Cabins, Condominiums, Cottages, Hotels, Lodges, Motels, Resorts & Vacation Homes Association [Cabin/Cottage/Vacation Rentals, Condominium Rentals], N11360 Powderhorn Road, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 932-3100

Big Powderhorn Mountain [Ski Resort, Cabin/Cottage/Vacation Rentals], N11375 Powderhorn Road, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 932-4838

Blackjack Resort [Ski Resort, Condominium Rentals], N11251 Blackjack Road, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 229-5115

Bluffs Inn [Hotels & Motels], 707 West Lead Street, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 667-0311

Maplewood Condos [Condominium Rentals], N11251 Blackjack Road, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (320) 266-1312

Piper Haus [Cabin/Cottage/Vacation Rentals], E6399 Snowflake St, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (320) 249-1099

Powderhorn Northwoods Suite at Big Powderhorn Mountain [Cabin/Cottage/Vacation Rentals], Powderhorn Road, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (612) 990-6309

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Powdermill Resort [Hotels & Motels], N11330 Powderhorn Road, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 932-9900

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Pozega Ski House [Cabin/Cottage/Vacation Rentals], Longyear St., Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (517) 321-5802

Sleepy Hollow [Cabin/Cottage/Vacation Rentals], N10621 Powdermill Rd., Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (952) 447-5927

Snow Country Real Estate [Cabin/Cottage/Vacation Rentals], E6254 US Hwy 2, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 932-1411

SnowBlind Chalet [Cabin/Cottage/Vacation Rentals], E6242 Snowdrift Street, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (612) 990-6309

Traveler's Motel [Hotels & Motels], 1470 E Lead St, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 667-0243

Waldhein Chalet [Cabin/Cottage/Vacation Rentals], N11122 Powderhorn Rd, Bessemer, MI 49911,Phone: (847) 624-2410

Wingsong [Cabin/Cottage/Vacation Rentals], Big Powderhorn Mountain Village, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (715) 453-9067

The Wüdenknipple [Cabin/Cottage/Vacation Rentals], E6294 Schussing Road, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (800) 222-3131

Organizations

American Legion, 209 N Moore St, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 667-0422

Bessemer Chamber of Commerce [Chambers of Commerce], 202 W. Sellar Street, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 663-4070

Veterans of Foreign Wars, 605 W Lead St, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 667-0812

Outdoor Recreation

Big Powderhorn Mountain [Ski Resort, Cabin/Cottage/Vacation Rentals], N11375 Powderhorn Road, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 932-4838

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Black River Harbor Campground [National Forest Campground], 500 N. Moore Street, Ottawa National Forest, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 932-1330

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Blackjack Resort [Ski Resort, Condominium Rentals], N11251 Blackjack Road, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 229-5115

Bobcat Lake Campground, 500 N. Moore Street, Ottawa National Forest, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 932-1330

Gogebic County Parks [Campgrounds & RV Parks], 500 N. Moore Street, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 663-4428

Gogebic County Snowmobile Trail Map [Snowmobile Trails] - Gogebic

Henry Lake Campground, 500 N. Moore Street, Ottawa National Forest, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 932-1330

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Langford Lake Campground, 500 N. Moore Street, Ottawa National Forest, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 932-1330

Moosehead Lake Campground, 500 N. Moore Street, Otttawa National Forest, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 932-1330

Pomeroy Lake Campground, County Road 525, Ottawa National Forest, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 667-0261

Wisconsin-Bond Falls Route - Gobebic County - [ATV/ORV Trail Maps] -North Map | South Map

Services

Enchanted Forest Web Page Design Service Internet Services: Domain Registrations, Website Design, Website Hosting], 3980 Curtisivlle Road, South Branch, Michigan 48761-9704, Phone: (989) 735-2206, Email: support@theenchantedforest.net

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Shopping

Bread of Life Bakery & Café [Bakery],  105 N Sophie St, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 663-4005

Dandee Bakery [Bakery],  206 S Sophie St, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 667-0382

Lapanetteria Incorporated [Italian Cuisine, Bakery],  202 S Sophie St Apt 561, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 667-0188

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Tacconelli's To Go [Pizzeerias, Delicatessens],  100 S Massie Ave, Bessemer, MI 49911, Phone: (906) 663-9900

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