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Tours

Thank you for your interest in our free public tours. We will resume our tours in Summer 2023. 

Get a behind-the-scenes look at the nation’s only primary nickel mine. We offer free tours of our Eagle Mine and Humboldt Mill during the summer months. Tours are held on Fridays throughout the summer, and reservations are required. Tour participants must be 13 years or older to participate, and an adult must accompany those under 18.

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Eagle Mine Tour

The Eagle Mine tour (3.5 hours) is primarily a driving surface tour of the mine site with a walking tour through the water treatment plant. The mine tour does not go underground. You will see where the ore is brought up from underground and stored and loaded into the haul trucks. Other surface facilities include the storage area for development (or waste) rock, the backfill plant, the truck repair shop, and the water treatment plant. 

 

Participants meet at the Eagle Mine Information Center at 153 A West Washington Street in downtown Marquette, and bus transportation for the tour is provided.

 

Humboldt Tour

On the Humboldt Mill tour (2 hours), you will see what happens to the ore after it leaves the mine site. The mill tour is a walking tour, beginning at the administrative office. The tour follows the circuit of crushing, grinding, and flotation processes, taking the ore from haul truck to rail car. Participants should be prepared to spend about an hour walking on-site, including up and down several flights of stairs and over metal grating. 

 

Transportation is not provided for the Humboldt Mill tour. Driving and parking directions are given at the time of registration.

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Requirements and Rules

Consistent with Eagle Mine policies, please note the following rules for your safety. These rules apply to tours at both the Eagle Mine and Humboldt Mill.

  • Must be 13 years or older to participate. An adult must accompany those under 18.

  • Must wear long pants—no capris or shorts. No exceptions.

  • Shoulders must be covered. T-shirts are acceptable—no tank tops.

  • Must wear closed-toe walking shoes/hiking boots. No sandals, clogs, heels, or “Mary Janes”. Shoes must have a covered top and back.

  • Must remove large jewelry/watches.

  • Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) will be provided: hard hat, safety glasses, high visibility vest, earplugs.

  • No alcohol, drugs, or firearms on site.

  • No photos or video equipment on site.

  • Mill Participants must be able to climb several flights of stairs and steep inclines, walk on metal grating, and tolerate strong odors.

  • Eagle Mine is not responsible for any parking violations received during the tour.

Link to PDF of rules.