Heritage Route Planning
Created by legislation in 1993, the program emphasizes cooperation among local residents, their government officials, landowners and interested groups to preserve unique scenic, historic or recreational highways. The Heritage Route Program is
a grass roots program, requiring involvement by local residents to ensure that
their highway and its roadsides remain in their natural and unspoiled conditions.
U. P. Hidden Coast Recreation Heritage Route
The fall of 2005 marked the beginning of an effort of a dedicated group of citizens
from Menominee and Delta Counties to promote the M-35 corridor from Gladstone
to Menominee. Working with MDOT, the committee had a vision to expand upon
the route's importance to the area. In 2007, MDOT officially designated the 64-mile
stretch as a "Recreational Heritage Route" . This roadway, known as the U.P. Hidden
Coast Recreation Heritage Route, promotes the tourism and economic development
of the area.
U.P. Hidden Coast Recreation Route - Communities
The U.P. Hidden Coast Recreation Route stretches along the western shoreline of Lake Michigan from Gladstone to Menominee; linking several small communities as it navigates between water and wilderness. The southern beginning point at the Michigan-Wisconsin border city of Menominee is at a location of historical significance from the fur-trading era. The northern point at Gladstone is an area where in the winter visitors can witness thousands of fishing shacks nestled on Little Bay de Noc.
U.P. Hidden Coast Recreation Route - Activities
The title "U.P. Hidden Coast" can be interpreted in several different ways from the natural vegetation that obscures the view of Lake Michigan to one of adventure and excitement. The best way to view the Lake is to exit the highway and pull into one of the numerous recreational areas and explore the parks, historical sites, waterways, forests, trails, campgrounds, and boat launches.
Click here to visit the U.P. Hidden Coast Recreation Heritage Route web site.
U.P. Hidden Coast Recreation Heritage Route Corridor Management Plan:
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Goals and Mission Statement
Chapter 3: Resources of the Route
Chapter 4: Heritage of the Route
Chapter 5: Management of the Route
Chapter 6: Promotion and Marketing Plan
Chapter 7: Funding Possibilities
Chapter 8: Future Studies and Projects
Appendix 1: Points of Interest Table
Appendix 2: All Maps
Appendix 3: Inventory List by Resource Type
Appendix 4: All MDOT Aesthetic Opportunities
Appendix 5: Annual Average Daily Traffic (AADT)
Poster: Heritage Route (History) (5.38 mb)
Brochure: Heritage Route (History-Side One)
Brochure: Heritage Route (History-Side Two)
Brochure: Heritage Route (Recreation-Side One)
Brochure: Heritage Route (Recreation-Side Two)
For more information on the U.P. Hidden Coast Recreation Heritage Route, contact
Peter Van Steen.
Questions? Call us at 906-786-9234 or