Public Mine Tours For The Summer

Guided Tours of a Working Iron Ore Mine and Processing Plant for the Public

For the 20th year this summer Cliffs Natural Resources’ Michigan Operations will open its mining area and processing facility to visitors.  The summer tours are a special program offered by the Lake Superior Community Partnership (LSCP) and Cliffs.


An old mining tower

The tours will begin on Tuesday, June 19 and run until Saturday, August 25. One tour per day will be offered Tuesday through Saturday at noon and will last approximately three hours. The cost is $15 per person, which is used for transportation and administrative costs of the tour program. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the LSCP office.  

“Visitors will get an in depth look into our operations and see just how large mining equipment really is,” said Jennifer Huetter, district manager of public affairs for Cliffs. “We hope visitors will walk away with a better understanding of the mining industry and how it directly affects our local economy. It’s important for us to show how vital mining is to the Upper Peninsula and how Cliffs is essential to the North American steel industry.”

The tours starts at the Michigan Iron Industry Museum in Negaunee Township.

Mining operations at Cliff’s Empire facility will be visible and the ore processing portion of the tour will take place at the Tilden Mine concentrator and pelletizing plant.

Tour space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  Due to the popularity of the tour program, advance reservations are recommended.   Minimum age for the tour is 10 years old and children ages under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information call Crystal Kuklinski, marketing assistant at the LSCP at (906)226-6591 or Jennifer Huetter, district manager-public affairs at Cliff’s at (906)475-3821.

Source: Press Release

Photo from: Mining Tower by Petr Kratochvil