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Attractions in Michigan's Thumb Area

 Michigan's Thumb has long been known as a sportsman's and naturalist's paradise. Stretching150 miles along the coast of Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay, the beaches and parks of Michigan's Thumb offer tourists and natives alike exceptional sporting and recreational opportunities.

Underwater Preserve

The strong winds and seas at the turn of the century sent many ships to the bottom of Lake Huron. They are now preserved by the water that ended their voyage, waiting to be explored.

Novice and experienced divers will find adventure in the waters off the Upper Thumb. The Thumb Area Bottomland Preserve runs from the tip of Huron County near Port Austin to Wagener Park, south of Harbor Beach.

Also, the Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse Museum houses photographs, artifacts and footage representing wrecks of the park of interest to both the diver and non-diver. Following are the sport diver sites in the bottomland preserve, an asterisk designates areas marked by buoys.

 

Huron County Nature Center - Wilderness Arboretum

The Huron County Nature Center was founded in 1990. The Huron County Board of Commissioners established a 280-acre nature center in Hume township on property owned by the county since 1941. This tract includes the 120-acre wilderness arboretum that has been under the care of the Huron County Women's Clubs for more than 50 years.

Environmental education for all ages has been one of Huron County Nature Center's foremost objectives since its beginning as a Wilderness Arboretum in 1941. A variety of opportunities await.

In the past few years the nature center has added handicap accessible trails, built a pavilion, added restrooms, and maintained the many walking trails which run through the wilderness.

Beaches

The Thumb features over 150 miles of shoreline and some of the finest beaches in the state. Visitors to the area would be remiss not to stop at one of these sandy spots during their trip.

Sleeper State Park

Located about 5 miles northeast of Caseville on M-25. The shoreline is graced by a half mile of Lake Huron beach, with the inland area featuring nature trails. A campground is located across M-25 from the beach area and features a pedestrian overpass. Entrance to the park requires a motor vehicle permit. The day-use area is open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Beach area has hiking trails, bathhouse, shelters, running water and picnicking facilities.

Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park

This is the only-known location in the lower peninsula of Michigan of pre-Columbian Native American rock carvings.  The site also features a 1-mile walking trail in the heavily forested 240 acre parcel which is open all year from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.  The park is located 4 miles east of M-53 on Bay city-Forestville Road and 1 mile south on Germania Road.

Though the hours of the archaeological site generally are Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, Wednesdays - Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., you should call ahead to verify it will be open.  No fee required. Call (989) 856-4411 for more information.

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Lighthouses

Four landmark lighthouses surround the county. Artists and photographers have used them often in their work.

Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse

Located 6 miles North of Port Hope off M-25 on Lighthouse Road in Lighthouse County Park. The Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse Society has been instrumental in lighthouse maintenance and upgrades as well as establishing events such as Heritage Days. Visitors to the Lighthouse Museum can examine shipwrecks, old photos and a variety of antique items. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day from Memorial Day through Labor Day. There is a gift shop as well.

In 1849 the keeper's dwelling burned to the ground. The lighthouse tower and dwelling were rebuilt in 1857. This year the Ponte Aux Barques Lighthouse Society is conducting a 150th Year Celebration in honor of the anniversary.

Churches

Well represented in each community is a variety of churches offering services for every faith.

Web Cams

Caseville Link

Harbor Beach Link

Port Austin Link

Sebewaing Link

Museums

Huron County is rich in history. Nine museums contain a glimpse into our rich and varied past.

The Pioneer Log Village in Bad Axe City Park is open during the summer. The cabins include a pioneer home, school, blacksmith shop, chapel, general store and barn. Each building contains artifacts of local history. The log chapel features an 1882 pump organ and is available for weddings by calling (989) 269-8325 or (989) 269-7674. The cabins are open to the public free of charge from 2 to 5 p.m. Sundays beginning Memorial Day through Labor Day. June 24 is Log Cabin Day. Visitors also may view the log cabins by appointment. Call (989) 269-8325.

The Arts

From live theatre to an appreciation of art, local talent is featured.

Golf Courses

A wide variety of courses are available to novice as well as seasoned golfers.

Game Areas

Not many hunters go away disappointed after visiting the four Huron County state game areas. The Department of Natural Resources says every type of in-season animal kill is allowed in the gaming fields.

Located six miles east of Bad Axe, south of M-142, this is easily the largest game area in Huron County with 7,200 acres to tempt the hunter. Verona is noted for its large populations of deer and game birds.

Marinas and Charters

Are you looking to head out on the water? We have plenty of marinas where you can launch your boat, or hire a ride from one of the many charter captains.

 

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