Visiting Drummond Island should be on EVERYONE’S bucket list. Lovingly known as, “Gem of the Huron,” Drummond Island is located off the far Eastern part of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. This island is home to a large Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) / All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) trail that takes you to such famed sites as Marble Head, Fossil Ledges and Shale Beach. If land isn’t your thing, hit the crystal-clear waters for fishing, paddle boarding, shipwrecks and fun in the sun (unless it’s winter).
There and Away
Make your way to DeTour Village where you’ll line up at a stop sign for the ferry and wait for the lights to turn green or for the crew to wave you forward. If you pull up just as the ferry is pulling away, do not worry, DeTour Village Inn is a small bar (and presumably an Inn) on the corner with $2.75 domestic bottles and a full food menu. You can watch for the ferry from there.
The Drummond Island Ferry can hold up to 36 cars at a time and leaves once an hour. Your crossing of the St. Mary’s River takes under 10 minutes, depending on the weather and your roundtrip fee is collected by a deckhand during the crossing.
Things to Do
Once you’ve willingly marooned yourself on the island, hang a left and take that road a few miles into “town.” Here you will find a restaurant, gas station, post office and a good place to get your bearings.
– Fuel up before you hit the island, as fuel is more expensive once there.
– If you’re camping or on a budget try to load up on food and drinks before taking the ferry over, as with most islands the prices go up and selection goes down.
– Cell coverage is pretty good but if you’re hitting the trails with multiple vehicles, I’d recommend bringing walkie talkies because there are quite a few dead zones on the island.
Check out my video tour of the island.