Presque Isle, MI, USA

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Presque Isle, MI, USA

Presque Isle vacation rentals

Head for the outdoors in Michigan

To Native Americans, this area was sacred and used as hunting grounds by the nomadic peoples of the region. The name we now know it under, Presque Isle, literally means "almost an island", and was bestowed by fur traders due to the peninsula being flanked on both sides by lakes. Close by, the reefs and shoals along the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary is a beguiling resting place for dozens of shipwrecks that sank along Michigan's shoreline. It won't come as a surprise to learn that, while staying at one of the Presque Isle vacation rentals, there are endless possibilities for outdoor activities on or along Lake Huron.

Fascinating scuba diving among shipwrecks

If you're lucky enough to nab a Presque Isle vacation rental on the during summer, you'll be steps away from the immensity of the lake. You can launch your yacht from Presque Isle State Harbor and use the year-round winds to sail across the vast body of water, or don a mask and flippers to dive under the Thunder Bay Sanctuary and explore over 100 shipwrecks including steel steamers that met their end on the lake's bed. Around the shores of the lake, there are hiking and mountain biking trails, and snowy adventure activities are on offer in winter.

Legends of loggers and fur traders

This is an area with a long and fascinating history. If you can drag yourself away from the lake, a visit to the Kauffman Homestead is well worth it. The fellow was the supervisor of Presque Isle, but also served in the Civil War after migrating from Germany. Burnham's Landing marks the land on which a prosperous lumber businessman constructed docks in the late 19th century which provided shelter to passing ships in bad weather, while the Lighthouse Park and Museum which lies on the shoreline near the harbor, is further proof of the area's rich maritime heritage.

Activities throughout the seasons

Spring is a wonderful time to visit, with sunny blue skies and a cool temperature which lends itself to hiking and biking around the lake's shores. If you stay in a Presque Isle vacation rental during the hot summer months, your time is best spent taking refreshing dips in the lake, or taking part in the water sports cooled by the breeze. Fall sees a kaleidoscope of colors around the lake and is particularly scenic, while the temperatures plummet in winter and the landscape turns into an adventure playground for skiers. Just remember to wrap up warm.

A nature lover's paradise

Nature lovers should head straight to Lake Huron and stay in one of the Presque Isle vacation rentals. One of the Great Lakes, Lake Huron supports a vast number of wildlife species. While you kayak across the calms waters, it's not unusual to spot gliding blue herons, or moose ambling along the forested shoreline. If you're swimming, look out for common snapping turtles and at night, you'll likely hear the croaking of American bullfrogs. A gentle walk along the edge of the lake will bring you into close contact with a whole host of flora and fauna.