Outdoor Life Ranks Marquette 2nd Best Outdoor Town

Last year Outdoor Life ranked the City of Marquette as the 7th best town in the United States.

This year Outdoor Life ranked Marquette as their 2nd best town in the United States to experience the great outdoors.

“Another repeat Top-10 finisher from last year, Marquette jumped five spots from number 7 in our 2008 list. Located on the banks of Lake Superior on the Upper Peninsula’s northern shore, Marquette is the ultimate Great Lakes town. Outdoorsmen are blessed with abundant year-round activities, including awesome steelhead and salmon runs; phenomenal smallmouth, walleye and muskie fishing; great grouse gunning; and a whitetail-hunting culture that is second to none. Public access to grouse and woodcock, deer, ducks and turkeys is near at hand on the spacious Hiawatha and Ottawa national forests.”


The list compiles data to rank the top 200 towns in the United States for the great outdoors. The magazine ranks the towns based on several factors: population growth, median household income, cost of living, unemployment rate, commute time, amenities, gun laws, public land access, trophy potential, and number of fishable and huntable species.

One of the factors Marquette ranks best in is the short commute. Within minutes you can be in Lake Superior or in the middle of the forest.

Three other Michigan towns made the list:

  • #47 – Manistee
  • #81 – Petoskey
  • #161 – Escanaba

Outdoor Life’s top 10 towns:

  1. Lewiston, ID
  2. Marquette, MI
  3. Idaho Falls, ID (tie)
  4. Rawlins, WY (tie)
  5. Pocatello, ID
  6. Bismarck, ND
  7. Sheridan, WY
  8. Pierre, SD
  9. Rochester, MN
  10. Carbondale, CO

For more information check out Outdoor Life magazine. And if you’re from out of town and want to learn more start with the Marquette Visitor Bureau.