Located in the Central Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Ishpeming is located on a dividing ridge between Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. Trails, lakes, and hills frame the community that offers not only scenic beauty but also recreational opportunities year-round. Rich in history, Ishpeming is proud of its mining heritage and is considered the birthplace of organized skiing in the United States.
Service Area: 22,000
UP Health System – Bell is a thriving, community-oriented hospital that has served the residents of Western Marquette and Baraga County for more than a century. The 25-bed, critical access hospital offers dedicated birthing suites, acute care and swing bed rooms. The facility, which is physician-staffed 24 hours a day, has 10 physician practices in specialty clinics adjoining the hospital for patient convenience and satisfaction.
UP Health System – Bell offers a broad range of inpatient and outpatient services that include general surgery, as well as orthopedic, gynecological, endoscopic, ophthalmologic, plastic and oral surgery. The hospital has exceptional record of quality and safety, including record low infection rates and patient satisfaction scores that are among the best in the nation. UP Health System – Bell delivers more than 250 babies per year, has a thriving swing bed program, performs 3,500 surgeries and serves more than 1,300 inpatients and 83,000 outpatients annually. The Emergency Department handles approximately 10,000 cases each year.
As one of the largest employers in the city of Ishpeming, UP Health System – Bell provides over 300 jobs and contributes $15 million in wages annually to the local economy.
Ishpeming is a 15-minute drive from Marquette and the shores of Lake Superior. UP Health System – Bell serves the city of Ishpeming and surrounding area, including the two cities of Ishpeming & Negaunee and the nine townships of Ely, Champion, Humboldt, Republic, Richmond, Tilden, Ishpeming, Negaunee and Michigamme. The service area is home to approximately 22,000 people. It is located in the midst of beautiful inland lakes and streams including Teal Lake, Lake Michigamme, Deer Lake, Craig Lake and the Carp River.
The area is proud of its long history of mining, and has many exhibits to honor the industry. Cliffs Shaft Mining Museum, is the site of the longest-running underground iron ore mine in the United States, with displays of a 170-ton iron ore truck or 30-ton ore bucket. The Michigan Iron Industry Museum is a favorite outing for residents and visitors.
The area includes four excellent school districts: Negaunee Public Schools, NICE Community Schools, Republic/Michigamme Schools, and the back-to-back state football champions - Ishpeming Public Schools. All schools boast academic performance records that are significantly higher than state and national averages.
Ishpeming has a wide variety of businesses, from outdoors and sporting stores, to art galleries and retail, a natural food and artists co-op, restaurants, hotels, and camping and vacation rentals.
Ishpeming and western Marquette County offer many unique recreational opportunities. The Iron Ore Heritage Trail is a 26-mile year-round trail that incorporates the area’s mining history with a trail used by walkers, bikers, runners, inline skaters, nature enthusiasts, equestrians, cross-country skiers and snowmobilers. The nationally renowned Noquemanon Cross Country Ski Marathon and the summer Ore to Shore bike race are run on this trail.
The Al Quaal Recreational Area is also a popular spot for residents. It is best known for its toboggan run that finishes on Teal Lake, but also offers cross country skiing, downhill skiing, non-motorized trails, picnic area, horseshoes, volleyball, a playground and softball. Additionally, international ski jumping events are held annually at Suicide Hill, which features five jumps ranging from 10 to 90 meters in length.