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UP county expanding parking at popular Lake Superior lookout

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Posted at 11:11 AM, May 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-26 11:11:03-04

MICH. — A popular lookout that offers a pleasing view of Lake Superior has become too popular: Sugarloaf Mountain in the Upper Peninsula needs more parking.

Marquette County commissioners last week agreed to spend $331,000 for improvements, The Mining Journal reported. More than 60,000 people took the short hike to the top of the mountain last year.

Sugarloaf Mountain is about 6 miles north of downtown Marquette.

“They averaged around 10,000 visitors in the past through the ’60s, ’70s, ’80s, but once this became a very popular tourist attraction, 2018 saw 47,620 visitors just in that year and in 2019 saw over 60,000 visitors,” commissioner Johnny Depetro said.

The money will come from the county’s forestry fund, which is used for parks and recreation projects, board chairman Gerald Corkin said.

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