Rockport to Thunder Bay Island

Alpena, Michigan

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Lake Huron, the second largest of the Great Lakes, has an interesting maritime history, which includes 40 percent of all Great Lakes shipwrecks. The Thunder Bay region was often referred to as the shipwreck coast, with over 160 known shipwrecks in the immediate area. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has proposed making this area into the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The Thunder Bay area also had great spiritual significance to the early Native Americans of the region (see Rte. 14). The coast from Rockport to Thunder Bay Island includes the historic lighthouses on Middle Island and Thunder Bay Island and a shipwreck visible in shallow water along the shore of North Point. You will also find the remains of lifesaving stations on both Middle and Thunder Bay Islands, including an offshore boathouse that still stands on Thunder Bay Island. In spite of its less than inviting name, Misery Bay is a lovely shoal and marsh area ideal for bird-watchers. By entering a long shallow arm of water that leads inland from Misery Bay, you can explore a submerged sinkhole where the water depth plummets from less than 1 foot deep to depths of up to 80 feet in about a kayak length.
Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Huron, Erie & Ontario

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Guide to Sea Kayaking on Lakes Huron, Erie & Ontario

by Sarah Ohmann & Bill Newman (The Globe Pequot Press)

Lake Huron, the second largest of the Great Lakes, has an interesting maritime history, which includes 40 percent of all Great Lakes shipwrecks. The Thunder Bay region was often referred to as the shipwreck coast, with over 160 known shipwrecks in the immediate area. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has proposed making this area into the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary. The Thunder Bay area also had great spiritual significance to the early Native Americans of the region (see Rte. 14).

The coast from Rockport to Thunder Bay Island includes the historic lighthouses on Middle Island and Thunder Bay Island and a shipwreck visible in shallow water along the shore of North Point. You will also find the remains of lifesaving stations on both Middle and Thunder Bay Islands, including an offshore boathouse that still stands on Thunder Bay Island. In spite of its less than inviting name, Misery Bay is a lovely shoal and marsh area ideal for bird-watchers. By entering a long shallow arm of water that leads inland from Misery Bay, you can explore a submerged sinkhole where the water depth plummets from less than 1 foot deep to depths of up to 80 feet in about a kayak length.

©  Sarah Ohmann & Bill Newman/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Alpena
Distance: 35
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Overnight to multiday
Season: Spring to fall, weather permitting
Local Maps: NOAA 14864, USGS: Alpena County at 1:100,000
Driving Directions: Directions to Rockport to Thunder Bay Island

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