The Ore Docks in Marquette

One of Marquette’s most iconic landmarks is the Lower Harbor Ore Dock. A stone’s throw from downtown Marquette, this mammoth structure in Lake Superior represents the city’s maritime and mining past. While no longer in use, this concrete and steel relic once played an active part in Marquette’s daily iron ore trade. Today, it’s the perfect spot for a classic Marquette photo-op.

Far from Ore-dinary

If you’re looking for a unique pastime while in town, take a moment to watch a freighter loading iron ore pellets at Marquette’s Upper Harbor Ore Dock.

Built in 1912, the Presque Isle Dock, as it’s also referred to, is still in use today. Find arrival and departure information, current locations and other details of incoming ships on MarineTraffic.com to plan for your outing accordingly.

Each year approximately 9.5 to 10 million tons of ore are shipped from this dock. The dock is owned and operated by Cliffs Natural Resources. This steel-framed dock is 1,250 feet long and 60 feet wide, with the top deck sitting 75 feet above the water level. It contains 200 pockets, each of which has a capacity of 250 tons of ore, for a total storage capacity of 50,000 tons. Supporting the dock is a foundation of 10,000 wooden p