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Presque Isle Park

Presque Isle Park, Peter White Drive, Marquette, MI, USA

Dawn until Dusk, most day, may change during the winter season.


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Presque Isle Park is a gorgeous park nestled on a peninsula in Upper Michigan!

Families searching for a hike that features water, unique geology, and wildlife will adore Presque Isle Park. Located near Marquette, Michigan, Presque Isle Park is nestled on a peninsula surrounded by Lake Michigan. Families can expect a popular, effortless, 2.3-mile loop around the park (plus the opportunity to hike additional internal trails, if desired). Maintained in all seasons, it's a great hiking stretch no matter when you are in town. The outer trail is paved, while internal trails are more rustic.

The internal hiking paths offer the best opportunity to see the park's deer population. Presque Isle Park features its own free-roaming whitetail deer that most visitors will have the chance to spot. Additionally, families may have the opportunity to see a variety of birds and raccoons too.

Then, don't miss Presque Isle Park's iconic black rocks! Situated near the tip of the park, you'll see a paved trail leading from the main trail. Immediately, you'll find an alcove beach. Atop that, you'll see the black rocks. Watch adventurous souls who choose to cliff dive into the chilly Great Lake. Kids, on the other hand, will adore peering into water trapped amongst the rocks. You may even see a few flowers growing straight out of the rocks!

Presque Isle Park also features a bandshell and other seasonally available amenities. Bathrooms are available at one end of the park. Parking is relatively easy and is located as you enter the park. Then, two large picnic areas and a playground are also available on the peninsula. Pro-tip, grab a few crepes and coffee from Cafe Allenatore before reaching the park for a lovely picnic as you watch the waves and geese. 


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Antonia Grant
Antonia Grant is a life-long learner and avid adventurer based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She loves equipping families with the tools and confidence they need to travel and adventure together. Antonia is also a strong believer in the beauty of multigenerational relationships and travel. Her main adventure buddies are her husband and young daughter. As a family, they love trying new restaurants, hiking, and traveling the world! By day she works at Carleton College, by night she is a Minneapolis ambassador for happyly. She’s always seeking new adventures to write about and share. Connect with Antonia on Instagram @knead.to.roam!
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