Tourism is, a crucial contributor to the L’Anse and the greater Baraga County area economy.
The first thing to take into account is what are the tourist attractions in L’Anse Township and the surrounding areas? It is obvious from any brochure, website or information that the majority of the tourist activities in L’Anse and Baraga are related to the outdoors.
The real truth is that an Industrial Wind energy plant in the Huron Mountains will change this sense of the place that is inherent and felt by all. This will have an effect on the tourism that the Township and County rely on. even a 6% decrease in tourism will hurt the long term economics of the area. Wind energy money is temporary, the only way that the area would continue to gain economic benefit long term would be if not 50 or 100 turbines went in but several hundred.
What are the major attractions that are highlighted and advertised?
How do any of these align with changing the remote backwoods experience of the Huron Mountains to an Industrial Energy site?
Baraga County Convention & Visitors Bureau website has this to say:
“Drive the twisty dirt road up Abbaye Peninsula to see the soul-stirring vistas of Point Abbaye’s sandstone shelf, Keweenaw Bay and the distant Huron Islands. If you treasure fall color, Point Abbaye and the Skanee area will rival any “leaf peeping” place in the nation.”
“The Huron River offers some of the best steelhead fishing in the U.P., and hikers are never disappointed when they reach the Sturgeon River Gorge, climb to the top of Silver Mountain or Little Mountain, and make it to Mount Arvon, Michigan’s high point. Winter is a lovely season in Baraga County, best enjoyed on its 150 miles of groomed snowmobile trails. Or you can renew your spirit along the peaceful Pinery Lakes Cross-Country Ski Trail east of L’Anse or snowshoe in the L’Anse Township Park and Campground.”
“Head to the wilderness for our mountains and miles of hiking trails”
OVER MOUNT ARVON AND THROUGH THE WOODS……WATERFALL EXPLORING YOU’LL GO!
Sometimes the best path to choose is not the easiest. In Baraga County that rings true again and again. But reaching places such as Canyon Falls in the rugged and remote “Grand Canyon of Michigan” is worth a half day of adventuring to bring home a lifetime of memories.
Get out and explore – Download the Waterfalls map
Will someone re-write the brochures and advertisements?