Welcome Ice Climbers!
Welcome to Munising, land of snow and ice. Thank you for attending this year’s Michigan Ice Festival. We’ve done our best to roll out the red carpet during your stay. Our community is blessed with an abundance of the most beautiful public land in the Midwest. Those of us who live near “Mother Superior” bask in the long blue edge of summer when it’s warm, but in winter we embrace the north wind and the ice and snow it brings. By Sunday you’ll agree that this is truly a winter wonderland. But Munising’s greatest asset is not the cliffs or the lake or the island or the forest. It’s the people who are fortunate enough to call this place home. Trust the locals. They will not steer you wrong. We take great pride in our hospitality so if you need something, just ask. And thanks again for coming.
Mayor Rod DesJardins
Welcome to American Legion Post #131
The veterans who built and operate this facility for the benefit of our community are proud to serve as the headquarters for this year’s Michigan Ice Festival. We are pledged to making your week as enjoyable and as convenient as possible. A small army of volunteers are at your disposal and we’ve tried to think of everything. If there is something we’ve forgotten, please let us know and we will do our best to get it. Thanks for attending this year’s festival. We hope you find the following information useful.
Don Belusar, Post Commander
Post #131 will be open and staffed beginning at 6:30am each day. Vendors and gear exchange will be located in Hansen Hall which will also feature a bar that will open at 4pm each day. We’re proud to offer a variety of local craft beers and domestic beers, along with a variety of shots.
The Post Canteen will also be open to visitors during festival week. This full service bar has tables and chairs and will accommodate 150 people. Daily slide shows and classes will be held in the Canteen and upstairs in the Post museum/classroom. Absolutely no carry-ins!
Cash, Debit or Credit Cards Accepted
For your convenience, we will take cash for food and drinks in Hansen Hall and in the Canteen. We will also take credit and debit cards which can be used purchase $5 commemorative tokens that you can use as cash during the week. You will receive your change in cash and any unused tokens can be redeemed on Sunday. This will not only ensure the security of your debit and credit card, as it will remain on your person at all times, it will also speed up service when purchasing drinks or food.
Long term and overnight parking is available at a lot just northeast of the Legion. Look for signs at the Legion entrance and on Cherry Street. You’re welcome to park all day, overnight, or for the duration of the festival if you choose to take advantage of the shuttle bus service.
Free Shuttle Bus Service
A free shuttle bus service will be available from Wednesday through Sunday, 7am-6pm, courtesy of the Munising Visitor’s Bureau and Downtown Development Authority. The Alger County Transit Authority also provides a paid evening service. For $5 the bus will take you back to your motel or anywhere else in the community. Drivers will take Ice Festival tokens. Please don’t drink and drive! The bus schedule is on the back.