The founding Forefathers of the city decreed that a peninsula that jutted out into Lake Superior (called Presque Isle) should never be developed, but instead, kept free for its citizens to enjoy forever.
We are so lucky that they had the foresight to preserve this wonderful lake area. Some of it has sandy beaches, but most of it has rugged stoney cliffs and shore full of natural beauty.
We have ore docks which the ore boats come into to load up with ore, so often you can sit on a picnic table, overlooking the lake and watch the ore boats coming into port.
First, a shot of the rocky shore, littered with driftwood:
The walkway out to the lighthouse:
It came delightfully close to the lighthouse walkway, so I could get some photos and wave at its Captain!:
This is a photo taken from the lighthouse walkway, looking back at Presque Isle:
This close-up shows you the rocky cliffs that exist all around the peninsula:
On the walk back from the lighthouse, the mallard was showing off and showing me how he "hangs ten" in the water:
A close up of the shore:
Many tourists come and collect the Lake Superior stones for their many colors and smooth shapes:
After you drive through virgin forests of the peninsula, here are the shores on the other side:
Many folks also boat all the way around the peninsula:
Nothing but nature to love and admire:
What is THIS???? A spaceship in nature??!!!
It is right across the bay from Presque Isle. All students that attend NMU have wonderful nostalgia about Presque Isle, too, because you can walk to it from campus with a little ambition and good shoes :-)
If you ever make it to the U.P., make sure you make plans to ride out to Presque Isle. It has many hiking trails, wild deer, and virgin forests (the forefathers forbade cutting the trees or building any houses on the shoreline). Many, many weddings are held there, also.