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Presque Isle, MI

Lat: 45° 20.413   Long: 083° 29.149

 

Quick Reference:

  • Port Type: Marina
  • Monitors VHF: 16
  • Charts: NOS 14864
  • Customs: No
  • Coast Guard
  • Transient Docking
  • Anchorage
  • Diesel
  • Gasoline
  • Potable Water
  • Pump Out
  • Washrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Repair Services
  • Provisions
  • Pharmacy
  • Hospital/Clinic
  • Banks/ATM
  • Restaurants/Pubs
  • Shopping
  • Internet
  • Amenities
  Important Numbers

Area Code517
Emergency911
Police(989) 368-6957
Hospitaln/a
Pharmacyn/a

DISTANCES


Harbor Distance (nm) Harbor Distance (nm)
Mackinaw City, MI 64 NW De Tour Village, MI 456 NW
Rogers City, MI 16 N Spragge, ON 69 NE
Alpena, MI 43 S Tobermory, ON 86 E
Port Huron, MI 165 S Collingwood, ON 179 SE

DESCRIPTION


Presque Isle MI derives its name from the French "almost an island" - so named by the French fur traders as they crossed the narrow strip of land leading to the peninsula. The land was the traditional hunting and fishing grounds of nomadic First Nations and was not seen as valuable for European settlement.

Settlement didn't begin un til the 1860's. With the establishment of Rogers City to the north, settlers from eastern Europe began to move in. Industries centred around lumbering and quarrying grew up. Indeed, the world's largest limestone processing facility is located in Rogers City.

The Presque Isle MI peninsula itself is an area of unspoiled wilderness. Parts of the peninsula still contain old growth white pine forests. It is the finest natural harbor/anchorage on the Michigan coast of Lake Huron.

APPROACHES


From the North
Watch for Presque Isle Light (Fl WHITE, visible 12.9 nm) Stand off about 1 nm from shore. There are numerous shoals and the existance of many wrecks whispers the need for caution. Proceed south until you reach bell buoy "R2" with a Fl RED light. Leave it on your starboard. Continue past it until you can see the harbor entrance range. The range is a F GREEN on a bearing of 274o. Follow the range in. Once on the range, proceed to buoy "G3", a Q GREEN. As you approach G3, alter course to approximately 336o and follow to the entrance of the harbor. The harbor entrance lies between 2 converging breakwaters with a Fl GREEN visible 6 nm on the west pierhead and a Fl RED visible 6 nm on the esat pierhead.

From The South
Approaching from the south, look for the old Presque Isle lighthouse (now a museum) on the southern tip of Presqe Isle. Proceed to bell buoy "R2" with a Fl RED light. As you close with it, watch for the harbor entrance range. The range is a F GREEN on a bearing of 274o. Follow the range in. Once on the range, proceed to buoy "G3", a Q GREEN. As you approach G3, alter course to approximately 336o and follow to the entrance of the harbor. The harbor entrance lies between 2 converging breakwaters with a Fl GREEN visible 6 nm on the west pierhead and a Fl RED visible 6 nm on the esat pierhead.

MARINAS, YACHT CLUBS, MOORINGS, ANCHORAGES


Presque Isle Marina   (989) 595-3069  VHF 16
Presque Isle Marina has about 120 slips with several dozen available for transient sailors. There is a fuel dock (diesel and gasoline) and pumpout station. Water and power are available. There are restrooms, showers and laundry facilities. There is also a picnic area with BBQ grills and a restaurant.

REPAIRS & MAINTENANCE, PROVISIONING, BANKS/ATM's


There are no repair or maintenance facilities available.

Portage Staore & Deli carries basic staples for provisioning.

There is no bank ot ATM service

MEDICAL SERVICES


There is no hospital or clinic facility

There is no pharmacy available.

PLACES TO EAT


The Portage Restaurant is located adjactent to the marina. Fish features large on this menu and it has a well-deserved local reputation. Don't miss breakfast their either.

THINGS TO DO/SEE/VISIT


Presque Isle is a beautiful wilderness area. There are walking and hiking trails that allow you to explore the peninsula. This is an area that is rich in plant life (including rare and endangered species) and wildlife. Old Presque Isle Lighthouse was reputedly designed by Jefferson Davis, who went on to become President of the Confederate States of America. Now a museum, it is open to the public. At 109 ft/33 m, it is one of the tallest lighthouse on the Great Lakes. Besser Natural Area protects a stand of old growth white pine, a vestige of the great forests that once covered this part of North America. Kaufman Homestead Cabin, dating from 1862, now serves as a museum and craft store.

The Presque Isle Harbor Wooden Boat Show, held each June, heralds the arrival of summer to this beautiful part of lake Huron's coast. The Presque Isle MI tourism site will give you an idea of lots more things to do and see while visiting the area.

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