True North Outpost is Adventure’s true home! We offer U.P. Rafting, an indoor rock climbing wall, canoe, kayak, stand up paddle board & bike rental! As well as art and decor from local U.P. artists as well as True North, Upper Peninsula, Piers Gorge & Norway MI. gear! We strive to offer the safest, highest quality U.P. outdoor experience without breaking the bank.
Now, you will get to see, hear & feel Michigan's Upper Peninsula with others that love this place as much as you will.
HISTORY of tno
True North Outpost was originally part of the Cassinova-Morosini Farm that began in the 1890’s. The original structure was a small stone building that was built into the side of a hill about ½ mile west of where the Outpost is today. That stone building is still in existence and can be seen from Piers Gorge Road.
The Cassinovas built a brick farmhouse also about ½ mile west of the Outpost while the Morosinis built the house that became the Outpost. In its prime it was beautiful, complete with a two story wrap around porch. Originally the highway was on the opposite side of the house, so the side that is front today was originally the rear of the house.
Over the years the house has served as a home, a boarding house, and even became home to an escaped circus monkey for years. The house fell vacant after a tragedy in the 1980’s and by the mid-1990’s had fallen into disrepair. It sat forgotten for over twenty years, gradually rotting past what was considered salvageable. It was as an icon of another era, and captured the imagination of countless passersby as the roof sagged, the walls began to buckle, and the basement caved in. In 2018 we were given the remarkable opportunity to save this piece of history.
The only way it was feasible to restore this structure was by repurposing materials salvaged from defunct sawmills, fallen barns, a hospital slated for demolition, and even treated lumber from an old industrial site. This house was built by Italian immigrants who came to the Upper Peninsula to work the mines and has withstood everything the 20th century had to throw at it.
We’ve poured everything we could into it to give it new life and a chance to see another century go by. Come visit and be a part of the incredible story and explore the intricacies and nuances that make this place what it is. We hope to see you soon....
Open 7 days a week 9am - 6pm
Climbing Gym Hours
Monday-thursday 11am - 8pm
Friday - Sunday 9am - 6pm
May’s featured products hit close to home with True North Outpost original gear. Everything you need for your next adventure in one place. Come check it out.
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Test your body and problem solving skills on our twelve foot indoor climbing wall!