Drummond Island
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Drummond Island

Drummond Island, one of the largest islands in Lake Huron, can be found just east of the Les Cheneaux Islands off of M-134, on the southeastern tip of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Actually, that’s a little misleading, because Drummond Island is in fact an island.

Drummond island ferry
Photo courtesy of Drummond Island Tourist Association. Photo by D. Sandell.

How to Get to Drummond Island

You just take M-134 to DeTour Village on the east coast of the UP, hop on (with your car) one of the Eastern Upper Peninsula Transportation Authority (EUPTA) ferries: the SS Drummond Islander, the SS Drummond Islander III, or the SS Drummond Islander IV, and you’re there.

Things to Do on Drummond Island

It turns out that getting there is the easy part – the hard part is deciding which of the seemingly endless list of awesome things you’re going to do first.

Drummond island
Photo courtesy of Drummond Island Tourism Association. Photo by B. Huizing.

Michigan’s Ultimate Playground

Often referred to as “Michigan’s Ultimate Playground,” the options for things to do on Drummond Island, our country’s second-largest freshwater island, are seemingly endless:

  • camping,
  • hunting,
  • fishing,
  • golf,
  • canoeing/kayaking,
  • over 40 miles of full-size ORV trails (and winner of the 2010 BF Goodrich Outstanding Trail Award),
  • scuba diving and snorkeling,
  • snowshoeing,
  • cross country skiing,
  • dog sled races,
  • snowmobiling,
  • and even access to Canada via the ice bridge.

These are just a few of the things to do on Drummond Island!

Explore Shipwrecks

And although not exactly an activity, another attractive facet of this natural playground is Drummond Island’s rich history. There are 17 shipwrecks to be explored, some dating back to the 19th century.

Drummond island
Photo courtesy of Drummond Island Tourist Association. Photo by P. Strom.

Harbor Island National Wildlife Refuge

North of Drummond is Harbor Island National Wildlife Refuge. An untouched morsel of natural perfection, Harbor Island is comprised of a variety of habitats: marshes, sandy beaches, and even old-growth oak forests.

The 695-acre refuge is “boots only.” There are no motorized vehicles allowed and you cannot stay on the island.

It is only open to the public during daylight hours. You can however camp on neighboring Mare and Cedar islands, provided you have a state camping permit (readily available at the Drummond Island Tourism Office).

3 Things you may not know about Drummond Island

  1. It was named after a Canadian: Gordon Drummond.
  2. Drummond Island has 34 inland lakes (on an island of only 249 square miles).
  3. It’s totally awesome year-round.

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