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Epoufette, Michigan

 French fishermen established the unincorporated village of Epoufette  in 1859. The lumber era held sway in the 1880s. Today there are a few houses down by Epoufette Bay south of U.S. 2. Commercial activity is on the bluff along U.S. 2 by the Cut River Inn and Skyline Motel.

Attractions

Cut River Bridge [Wildlife Viewing Area] - From Epoufette, travel east on US-2 about 2 miles  to the Cut River Bridge State Roadside Park on the left (north)  side of the road. Phone: (906)  293-5131. A Michigan Department of Transportation roadside  park is the primary access to a network of hiking  trails that wind in and around the beautiful forested  Cut River Valley to its mouth on Lake Michigan.  A rest stop or picnic at the State Roadside Park provides a beautiful view of Lake Michigan and the mouth of the Cut River Gorge. The real beauty of this site, however, lies hidden among the rolling, forested dunes of the Lake Superior State Forest and within the forested river valley below. Hike the Cut River trails in May to view spring wildflowers such as trout lily, trilliums, and Dutchman’s breeches. Spring, especially in the month of May, is also a good time to view migrating warblers and other songbirds that follow the Lake Michigan shore and concentrate at the mouth and along the gorge due to the rich insect life emerging from the river. Hawks and owls also follow the coastline as they head to their northern breeding grounds in late April and early May. A diversity of forest songbirds use the forested gorge in the spring and summer as breeding habitat and offer good viewing opportunities along the trails. Interpretive markers help visitors identify plants and trees along the way.

Dining Out

Cut River Inn, W 5962 US 2, P.O. Box 233, Epoufette, MI 49762, Phone: (906) 292-5400

Lodging

Northern Michigan Cabin & Cottage Rentals, 3980 Curtisville Road, South Branch, Michigan 48761, Phone: (989) 726-4416

Skyline Motel, W5539 US 2, Naubinway, MI 49762, Phone: (906) 292-5556

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