National Parks / Natural World
Deer Ranch St Ignace
Where are we going today?
An animal encounter as a child is an incredible and unforgettable experience! Deer Ranch is known as the "oldest live whitetail exhibit in North America", and lets kids and the family experience these beautiful creatures in a beautiful, natural setting!
Deer Ranch has dozens of sweet and beautifully natured native Michigan whitetail deer, as well as white deer. There are even fawns! (Kids - fawns are baby deer. That's right - baby deer are there!)
Kids will be able to experience these creatures in a natural setting which keeps the deer stress free and in a happy home, and gives kids to observe them in their true habitat. It's an education as well!
They will be roaming happy and free in their open habitat, and your experience will take you along a nature trail, where you can take all the photographs of the deer that you want. If you're lucky and they come up to you, you can even FEED them right out of your hand!
How amazing would that be!?
Deer Ranch has been letting families experience the deer since 1950, so they certainly know how to give you all an time!
If you love the idea of the fawns being there, they do bottle feed a few of them each year, so call ahead and see when they might be doing that and you might be able to help! Definitely one for the camera!
A beautiful and natural experience for the whole family, and one that can teach kids all about animals, their behaviors, and how they have their own personality - which is why it's so important for us to look after them!
We can't wait to see your photos!
How much does it cost?
- Free Under: 5 years.
When can we go?
9am - 8pm Memorial to Labor Day. 5pm close other hours.
Mid May to Mid October
Give them a call and see if they can help you arrange a group tour for students - what an amazing trip for them! .
Any Top Tips?
Don't forget to call ahead if you want to see the fawns bottle feeding - it would be a magical experience to get involved!.
Doing our bit
The ranch look to educating visitors on the sweet deer, and giving families an incredible experience. .
Need a little extra help?
Call ahead of time to check if the trails are wheelchair accessible!.
Can I get one of those?
There's a small gift shop which is filled with unique gifts for everyone! They even sell children's books!.
Did you know that their gift shop has one of the largest Minnetonka moccasin inventories in the entire north? Neither did we until now! Impressive!.
What people are saying?
by Chad Pung
Very nice little place! Friendly staff and very nice gift shop. Adding it to our list of places to stop while in the straights area with the likes of the mystery spot and castle rock.
by James Williamson
Kids loved feeding the deer and fawns
by A Google User
Very nice place if you like animals.