Big Bay business getting ready for snowmobile season

BIG BAY — Snowmobile season is coming up quickly, so it’s almost time for one town in northern Marquette County to experience its biggest season.

The Thunder Bay Inn is one of the businesses in Big Bay which accommodates the annual influx of snowmobiles in the winter season. The historic hotel was once was owned by Henry Ford and was featured in both the book and film versions of Anatomy of a Murder, and it has become a destination for those visiting the area.

“If you’re going to be in Big Bay for snowmobile season, you’re not a drive-by,” said Gretchen Peacock, co-owner of the Thunder Bay Inn. “You’re coming here to enjoy our trails and good food at the Thunder Bay Inn.”

The Big Bay 550 Snowmobile Club hopes to have the town’s signature trails groomed in time for incoming visitors.

“Snowmobilers are here for the trails pretty much, and I can only suggest that they prepare for some of the best trails that they’ve been on,” said Thunder Bay Inn co-owner Wayne Peacock.

“We groom at night,” Gretchen added. “Many places groom during the day, and the night grooming allows for the cold air to settle and set the trails, so first thing in the morning, you’ve got a beautiful trail to go through.”

Riders looking for a place to stay on their next snowmobile adventure can visit for more information.