A boardwalk extends to the base of the lighthouse which is not open to the public. Interpretive signs explain how railcars crossed the Strait of Mackinaw on a 338 foot ferry capable of carrying 28 railcars. After viewing the lighthouse follow the boardwalk north along the shoreline where there are more interpretive signs on the history of St. Ignace.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Monday, September 28, 2020
The bridge is five miles long and almost 200 feet above the water at its highest point. The bridge is closed occasionally due to high winds or ice falling from the cables and towers. The wind is a concern even on calm days. The speed limit for cars is only 45 and 20 for trucks.
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Friday, September 25, 2020
Thursday, September 24, 2020
A Recreation Passport is required for both camping and day visits which makes the price of camping for just one day kind of high. An annual pass is the best choice if you plan on visiting at least four state parks.
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
When storms brew over Lake Superior, the 80 mile stretch of shoreline between Munising, Michigan, and Whitefish Point is especially treacherous. At least 200 ship have been lost trying to make safe passage through the waves and fog. The most famous is the Edmund Fitzgerald which sunk on November 10, 1975 killing all 29 men of the crew. The museum covers the story of the Edmund Fitzgerald plus the stories of eight other shipwrecks and the discoveries of their resting spots.
A ticket to the museum includes 1861 Lightkeeper’s Quarters & Exhibits, 1923 Surfboat House & Exhibits, and a twenty minute video - not shown due to coronavirus. There’s an extra charge to climb to the top of the lighthouse which was also closed due to coronavirus. A short boardwalk leads to a deck with access to the beach. Another boardwalk leads to a beach covered in thousands of colorful rounded stones.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Rain kept us inside so I can’t report on the accessibility of the sites.