Iron Mountain, Michigan: Bat Hibernation Mines

A million bats hibernate in old iron mine shafts. A viewing area is provided to watch them pour out of a mine at dusk or dawn in search of food.

Address:
Park Ave., Iron Mountain, MI
Directions:
East of US Hwy 141. Turn north on 3rd (next to the Hardee's) and go up the hill till it turns to Park Ave., then look for the sign.
Hours:
Dusk and dawn. Seasonal. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Admission:
Free
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Bat Hibernation Mines

Apparently over a million bats come to hibernate in the mine shafts of these old iron mines. They have a bat viewing area where you can sit and watch the bats pour out of the mine from just a few feet away. The show starts at dusk. However we sat around for about and hour on either side of sunset in late September and got to see 5 bats. I think the bats had already started their long winter's nap. If the weather has been warm I think you may have better luck. There is also a resident population that live in the mines during the summer. If you don't see the bats it's a great site to watch the sunset.

[Phrank Phester, 10/02/2011]

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