The name Grand Marais
(big swamp) is a reference to the large wetland in the central Upper
Peninsula south of Grand Marais, noted by early French-speaking
fur traders and mapmakers. Most of the wetland has been preserved
in the Seney National Wildlife Refuge.
Grand Marais is a four-season
tourist mecca, snowmobiling being popular in the winter and swimming,
boating, and fishing among the summer recreations.
The historic village
of Grand Marais, Michigan is located on the south shore of Lake
Superior at the eastern gateway to Pictured Rocks National Lake
Shore. Our warm summers, beautiful autumns, and snowy winters make
Grand Marais a year-round recreation destination.