Beautifully nestled at the mouth of the Menominee River as it enters the picturesque waters of Green Bay, Marinette is an inviting, friendly “hometown” of just under 12,000 people. The Menominee River separates Marinette from the upper peninsula of Michigan. Approximately 14 miles across the bay from Door County, Marinette is a wonderful destination for curious boaters looking for a day’s adventure. The first recorded inhabitants of the Menominee River Basin were a small Algonquin Tribe known as “the wild rice people” because of the huge fields of wild rice. Named for the Native American wife of a well-known fur trader, Marinette became a center for fur traders, sawmills, and lumber companies in the mid-1800s. Queen Marinette, as she was known, was a wellrespected business woman of that time. Marinette attained city status in 1887, and its downtown commercial center reflects the architectural charm and grace of the city’s boom years of 1880 to 1910. Today, Marinette enjoys a diverse and exciting shoreline that includes recreational and commercial operations. Fishing, boating, shipbuilding, paper making and other operations share their love of our beautiful waterways, and there is always something exciting to see and do in Your City on the Bay!
- Red Arrow Park - features a new pavilion and playground equipment, and acres of peninsula shoreline and public beach
- Stephenson Island - also sports a lovely new pavilion/band stage that is home to the Marinette Area Chamber of Commerce FREE Sunset Concert Series on Tuesday evenings during the summer, and the city's 4th of July activities.
- Marinette Marine - Coast Guard cutters and other large vessels are built here and can be viewed from several locations around the area.
- Three bridges - link Marinette to Menominee, Michigan in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
- Theatre-on-the-Bay - located at UWMarinette's Herb Williams Theatre (phone (715) 735-4310 for performance schedules and tickets).
- Dunlap Square - in Marinette's downtown district is home to a variety of specialty shops and apartments.
- Marinette County Historical Museum - located on Stephenson Island features history of the logging industry.
- City Park & Civic Center - features a domed facility that holds an indoor tennis court, indoor ice rink in the winter months, an outdoor swimming pool, a new skateboard park, and acres of ball fields, trails, and picnic & camping facilities that boast a lovely pavilion.
- Fishing charters - contact Marinette Area Chamber of Commerce for information.
- Marinette County Parks, Waterfalls and Trails - Marinette County features 20 scenic county parks, many of which provide overnight camping, waterfalls attractions, and hiking trails.
- Annual Radar Runs/Fishoree - January, Runs open to snowmobiles, cycles, ATV's.
- Ice Fishing Derby - February, at Shakey Lakes County Park west of Stephenson, MI
- Annual Jack Dallman Memorial Fishing Tournament - April, Nestegg Marine. Catch and release fundraising tournament
- Waterfront Festival For Kids - June
- Sunset Concerts - July - August, Tuesday nights on Marinette Stephenson Island. Concerts are free and open to the public.
- Menominee Waterfont Festival - August
- Haunted Harmony - October, Harmony Arboretum, 7 miles west of Marinette on County Road E. Halloween fun for all ages complete with haunted forest trail, kids' fun area and refreshments.
The Best Fishing!
Fishing is excellent on both the Menominee River and Green Bay. Enter the Menominee River from Green Bay at the Menominee North Pier Lighthouse. You will find large and small mouth bass, walleye, sturgeon, and steelheads. The Bay is home to northern pike, splake, brown & rainbow trout, Chinook salmon, walleye and perch. Fishing tournaments are a common activity and known to bring in record catches. A new fish cleaning station at Boom Landing on the Menominee River. Enjoy success on the great waters off Marinette.