Welcome to Drummond Island Activities and Fun Things to Do!
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With over 150 miles of shoreline, 87,000 acres of wilderness and wildlife, and 100 miles of groomed snowmobile trails, Drummond Island offers the Midwest's most unique outdoor adventure. Traditionally renowned for its famous fishing waters and hunting opportunities, Drummond now receives high acclaim for its incredible variety of recreation activities, including boating, cycling, cross-country skiing, off-roading, and golf. Northern Properties offers a range of cabins to accommodate your weekend or week-long visits to the island.
Fishing is definitely a year round activity on the Island. Beginning with the spring perch run, these fish are caught through the ice until it is unsafe. (And not a year goes by when someone doesn't push the limits!) Once the ice melts, perch fishermen continue to fish this run by boat. The smelt run begins approximately mid to late-April and generally lasts about a week. Summer catches can include pike, bass, walleye, perch, cisco (lake herring), salmon, rock bass and sunfish. In the fall, the perch run again, usually in October. After that, when the ice forms, shanties dot the bays. Pike spearing season opens January 1. For a complete list of legal fishing seasons, check the DNR regulations.
The two major hunting seasons are duck hunting (opening in October and running into November) and deer hunting (November 15 to 30, inclusive). Additionally, there are numerous types of game to hunt, including rabbits, woodcock and partridge. For complete information on rules, times of various seasons, etc., it is best to obtain a copy of the Department of Natural Resources rules and regulations, available where hunting licenses are sold or through the DNR. Duffers rejoice! Drummond Island features two golf courses - the D.I. Township Course (9 holes) and The Rock Championship Course (18 holes). Play a round, or call ahead for a schedule of tournaments and events at each of the courses.
The Drummond Island Golf Club is a nine hole golf course which is open to the public. It features reasonable greens fees, a pro shop and electric cart, club and pull cart rental. A putting green, driving range, pro shop and clubhouse are located on the grounds. Individual and family memberships are available.
The Rock is an 18 hole championship course, open to the public. A practice putting green and driving range are also available. The pro shop is located in the golf complex and carts are available.From May through September, wildflowers abound making the Island a photographer's paradise. Many are protected species, and observers are asked to look and enjoy--but please don't mess them up! The first sign of spring is wild pussy willows growing along the road, followed closely by trillium and marsh marigolds. Lilacs follow these and many varieties of wild orchids can be found by the careful observer. Fields of daisies abound and, armed with a wildflower book and some creativity, many other species of flowers and ferns can be identified. The Maxton Plains, which is a protected area, contains many interesting specimens. Frolicking wildlife is also abundant on the island. Many residents and regular guests have learned how wise it is to always keep a camera on hand for sightings of deer, black bear, red fox, and ridiculously beautiful sunsets.
The Nature Conservancy owns a portion of the Maxton Plains that has been identified as the world's best alvar region. Many rare plants exist here, as well as several species of birds and butterflies which cohabit the area. Visitors to the Plains are asked not to ride ORV's off the road to preserve this fragile environment.
Bird watchers will marvel at eagles and osprey, as well as owls and hawks. Many varieties of ducks are visible, and Canada geese return to the Island each spring. Loons call and dive in area waters and over 200 varieties of songbirds are also present. Monarch and other species of butterflies flit among the flowers all summer.
Mushroom and berry enthusiasts stalk ever-elusive morel, wild strawberries and raspberries. A word of caution--poisonous mushrooms and berries also grow on the Island so it is better not to eat any unidentified mushrooms or berries, no matter how tempting the urge may be.
Deer, bear, fox, coyote and rabbits are among the wildlife native to the Island. Happily, skunks and porcupines are non-existent. An evening ride around the Island will usually result in at least of glimpse of native wildlife.The ferry dock provides an ideal setting to kick back watch various boats cruise by. Beautiful Harbor Island is an excellent place to anchor your boat, tip back a coupla brewskies, and hang out. A public access site at the Potagannissing River Dam is worth a trip to observe the scenery. At times, trips up the River are not possible due to low water. A guide is recommended for any trip on this River.
Although the abundant wildflowers fade away after Labor Day, nature compensates this loss by painting the trees in all shades of autumn colors. From the yellow leaves of the white birch trees to the deep reds of the maples, the roadside and woods is a splash of color. Adding to the beauty and contrast are the stately evergreens interspersed in the palette. Photographing or just observing the changing autumn is a delight.
Some of our birds leave for the winter months, but there are still an abundance to see over the winter and bird feeding and watching is a popular pastime.
For a brief time, when the leaves fall off of the trees, it seems that the landscape is drab but the winter snows begins shortly thereafter. The evergreens laden with snow and ice-covered weeds, a legacy from autumn, are beautiful to observe, especially on a sunny day.
Even though the black bears go into hibernation for the winter, there is still numerous wildlife to observe. Deer, fox, coyotes and rabbits can be seen. Deer yards are observable from the snowmobile trail.
Winter also brings fantastic snowmobiling to Drummond Island. There are over 100 miles of groomed trails and a tree lined route—The International Ice Bridge—to Canada. Enjoy our island trails, take a trip of the Ice Bridge to Canada, or ride the ferry back over to the mainland for a day trip to the Les Cheneaux Islands or up to Sault Ste. Marie. Don't forget to check in with Customs, both Canadian and U.S. 9.
Drummond Island Snowmobile Trail Map:
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We also have snowmobile races each year on the island. The exciting weekend is sponsored by the Drummond Island Tourism Association and sanctioned by MIRA. Activities are geared toward family enjoyment with other Island organizations participating to offer food and activities. Snow sculptures are a highlight of the weekend.
Break trail at some of the island's tranquil areas, or spend time on groomed trails at Woodmoor. Over 6 miles of groomed, marked trails are available, along with ski rentals.
Fresh, untouched landscapes beckons snowshoeing on the island. Follow a trail, or make your own. Watch for the unsuspecting wildlife!
Here's something you don't see everyday. Mountain bikers racing over the Ice of Potagannissing Bay to St. Joseph Island (Canada) and back! 24 miles crossing the International border. This is the only mountain bike race of its kind in the country.
Join everyone at Town Hall for a warm evening with the community for a wonderful All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry. These are weekends to mark on your calendar! Arrive early to get a great selection of homemade desserts!
This event is sponsored by the Drummond Island Snowmobile Club. Participants pick up playing cards at five locations to make up the best poker hand. Don't have a snowmobile? A car rally is also held on the same day with a contest to find various Island locations through a series of clues. The day is culminated with a fish fry at the Township Hall. A great way to see the island this winter!
Another Island tradition is the annual March of Dimes dance, held at The Northwood on the last Saturday in January. A nominal fee at the door entitles the participant to a lunch at midnight, which includes cabbage rolls, kielbasa and sauerkraut and numerous hot and cold dishes. This event is sponsored by the Drummond Island Homemakers and provides an evening of music and dancing, as well as games, prizes and raffles. All proceeds go to the March of Dimes
Ice skating at the rink located next to the DI Township Hall is a popular sport in the winter, especially for the young people. The rink is flooded when conditions permit and is lighted at night. What's happening in spring and summer?
The Drummond Island Arts and Crafts Club has two shows planned for the summer, one in July and one in August. They are generally held on the first Sunday in July and the first Sunday in August. These shows feature handcrafted items of a wide variety, all locally made.
For those wishing to win bakery, a baked goods bingo is held every Wednesday night. This is sponsored by various local organizations and young people are welcome to attend. This bingo begins after school is out.
Every 4th of July weekend is highlighted by a very popular golf tournament held at both the Drummond Island municipal course and The Rock at Woodmoor. For more information, call the Drummond Island Tourism Association at 800-737-8666.
This event is sponsored by the DI Chamber of Commerce and is held the day before Easter. It is open to children through grade six who bring their own baskets and hunt the traditional Easter eggs. Each child also receives a bag of "goodies."
Have a Jeep? A weekend with the "Jeepers" is a sure sign that summer has arrived. This fun filled event includes 2 full days on the island's trails, group meals, and a lot of story telling. The competition gets dirty, but it's all for fun when you go 4-wheeling during Drummond's Jeep Jamboree each June. Advance registration is required.
New to the Island is a privately owned Off Road Park, called Turtle Ridge. Click HERE for more information and prices. Turtle Ridge is for the beginners to hard core. All ATV's, dirt bikes, mountain bikes, and short wheel base SUV/ORV's are welcome.
A real old-fashioned 4th of July celebration goes on all day on the Island. Beginning with a parade, the day progresses to all types of foot races, a pie-eating contest, sawdust scramble and softball games. Refreshments are available at the refreshment stand and there are booths with prizes. Homemade strawberry shortcake is for sale and a handmade quilt made by the Drummond Island Homemakers is raffled. There are fireworks at dark. A parade of lights, sponsored by the Drummond Island Tourism Association is held prior to the Fourth.
Sponsored by the Drummond Island Historical Society, a tour of homes is held in August. The tour affords a look at both new and historic houses on the Island and all proceeds go toward the new Museum. Local restaurants offer specials to tour-goers and hostesses at each home are well-versed in the history of the house.
The drive to the island, miles of road-tunnels on the island, and long stretches of shoreline giving falls rich colors wonderful contrasts of foreground and background, colors are a sight to be seen throughout September.
Both The Northwood and Chuck's Place hold special events for adults on Halloween week-end, which includes costume parties and a scavenger hunt. Children trick or treat here and, as everywhere, it is advised that small children be accompanied by an adult. A Halloween Carnival at the Drummond Island Elementary School follows trick-or-treating.
The St. Florence Catholic Church Guild sponsors a hunter's dinner, either the week-end before or during deer season. This dinner, which has been a tradition for over 40 years, features a turkey dinner with all of the trimmings, including stuffing, mashed potatoes, relishes and much more. Homemade pies are a highlight of this event. The exact date of the dinner is posted in the local stores and the dinner is held at the Drummond Island Township Hall. The Drummond Island Lions Club hosts an evening of dining, dancing and refreshments for the senior citizens in December. The Lions also hold twice monthly meeting throughout the year.
This members-only dinner is held in early fall and proceeds from the dinner and raffle go toward Island wildlife projects. In addition to these regularly scheduled events in the fall and winter, other events are sponsored by various organizations. The best way to find out what is happening is to check for signs in local store windows or on the bulletin board at the Credit Union or Post Office.
Located at the DI Golf Club, these tennis courts are available to the public. To reserve court time, call 493-5406. There is also a tennis court and basketball court located at the Drummond Elementary.
PINS, located at the Drummond Island Resort & Conference center, is open to the public. There is league bowling in the fall. Luncheon and dinner menu and pizza.