Northern Properties Vacation Homes of Drummond Island, MI
Drummond Island Activities
Welcome to Northern Properties and our Drummond Island activities along the, "Gem of the Huron". 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, kayaking, cycling, hiking, cross-country skiing, off-roading, and golf.
When you visit this year-round vacation spot, cherish your unscheduled time. Walk through the woods and enjoy the fall colors. Swap stories on a boat and enjoy waiting for the fish to bite. Talk about the weather, even if you plan to spend the day indoors. Make a point to see the sunset before you leave. Northern Properties offers a wide range of cabins to accommodate your weekend or week-long visits to the island.
Fishing on Drummond 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 no longer safe. (and not a year goes by when someone doesn't push the limits!) You can see ice shanties scattered all around the bays, including Whitney Bay & Pottagannissing Bay, all the way to Harbor Island! Along with Perch you can also find Northern Pike and Walleye, to name a few.
The smelt run begins approximately mid to late April, and generally lasts about a week. All you need are some rubber boots, a net, and a bucket to hold your catch! This has become a popular family tradition for guests visiting the Island, as well as many locals. During the short run you will see groups of people late at night gathered at creek heads shining their flashlights into the water, hoping to hit it big. *I'm told another smelting tradition is to bite the head off of the first one caught. (I'll pass on this one)
During the summer months the focus turns to Pike & Walleye. (Pottagannissing & Whitney Bay are popular areas for these fish). You can also find other popular catches like Bass, perch, cisco (lake herring), trout, chinook salmon, coho salmon, pink salmon, rock bass, and sunfish.
In the fall, the perch run again, usually in October.
Pike spearing season opens January 1.
For a complete list of legal fishing seasons, check the DNR regulations.
♦ Please visit our Boats and Docks page to learn more.
♦ Online Fishing License
Drummond Island Unique Foliage and Rarities
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.
Drummond Island Wildlife
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.
Drummond Island Hunting
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.
♦ Click here for more Online Hunting Licenses and More
Drummond Island Golfing
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.
Drummond Island Freighter Watching
The ferry dock provides an ideal setting to kick back and watch the ferry boat cross as well as various boats cruise by, including freighters that are carrying cargo to various places in Lake superior. You can also watch as a freighter docks at the local quarry to load up on dolomite. If you cant get enough of the freighters on the St Marys River its an easy day-trip to visit the Soo Locks to see the large ships there.
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.
Drummond Island Snowmobiling
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.
♦ Click here for Printable Snowmobile Map (PDF)
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!
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?
Arts & Crafts Shows
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.
Baked Goods Bingo
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.
"Drummond Island Classic" Golf Tournament
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.
Easter Egg Hunt
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.
Fourth of July Celebration
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.
Tour of Homes
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.
Deer Hunter's Dinner
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.
Sportsman's Club Dinner
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 School.