wild and scenic River Protection
This 40-acre area is adjacent to the West Branch of the Ontonagon River, a federally designated Wild and Scenic River. .................In addition to being a place of memory and healing, the preserve protects and improves nearly one mile of North Country Scenic Trail
To get to the Mike Dempsey Memorial Preserve from Marquette, take US-41 toward Covington, turn left (East) on M-28/US-41. Follow M-28 to Bruce Crossing. Turn right (North) onto US-45 and continue until the intersection of US-45N and M-26. Turn left, remaining on US-45N, in 2.4 miles turn left (West) onto Elm Rd/Victoria Dam Rd. Continue for 2.6 miles, turn left on an unmarked paved road. This unmarked road is park of the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT). The end of the road is gated; park here and follow the NCT south for approximately 1 miles before reaching the preserve.
The NCT crosses the Ontonagon River and there is no bridge, by due to the Victoria Dam streamflow in this stretch of the river, fording the river is possible during high water runoff or dam release events.
Mike Dempsey Memorial Preserve is open for passive recreation during daylight hours. No motors or bikes, please! Do not dump or remove any natural or manmade features. Stay on marked trails! The Preserve is a sensitive habitat and trails have been chosen to minimize human impact.