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.

Park Ave., Iron Mountain, MI
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.
Dusk and dawn. Seasonal. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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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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