|Location:||Located in the thumb area of Michigan's central east side.|
|Average Snowfall:||50 - 80 inches||Fall Color Season:||Late September|
A restored 1880's lumbering town. The museum tour takes visitors through the church, log cabin, general store, village inn and the Pointe Aux Barques Lifesaving Station. A special tour of the House of Seven Gables, summer home of William Lyon Phelps, is also available. Lighthouses Tourists can examine antique items and photographs of old shipwrecks.
Completed in 1876 the Point Aux Barques Life Saving Station at Huron City Museum, was scheduled for demolition when that era ended. The founder of Huron City Museum believed that is should be preserved and had it moved to Huron City and restored. It houses a remarkably complete collection of LSS equipment and artifacts and even boasts a filmed re-enactment of the training drills of the courageous surfmen. Huron City Museum's lovely setting also offers a Victorian Mansion, log cabin, church, carriage shed, inn, barns, and general store of a long ago era. The men of the Life Saving Station were recruited from the local area, so you can be sure they spent some time here when off duty. Experience another era!
In the early 1900's commercial fishermen shipped tons of perch, walleye, herring, whitefish and carp to New York and Chicago in refrigerated boxcars. Most of the work done there today is done in similar fashion. The company is located on 1st Street in Bay Port. Free guided tours are available on the shores of Lake Huron. For more information check out Huron city Museums.
Come and visit Depner Farms Giant Corn Maze! My family and I would like to invite everyone young and old to come on down to Depner Farms for some good ol' fashioned family fun in the country!
4 miles of Hiking or skiing trails in Caseville's, Sleeper park or for a shorter trail of 2.5 miles check out Port Crescent State Park in Port Austin.
The Huron County Nature Center-Wilderness Arboretum 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.
A Wilderness Arboretum is a place where plants, birds, insects, mammals, fungi-all things living or dead-are protected for scientific and educational purposes and for preservation of natural conditions. This tract of alternating sand ridges and shallow swales is a haven for nature lovers and environmentalists. Enjoy a refreshing walk along one of the well kept trails in the nature center.
Hours: Flights are scheduled at sunrise and two hours before sunset. The morning flights meet before dawn. The evening flights meet two hours prior to sunset. Your entire balloon adventure will last approximately 3 hours. The flight itself will last approximately one hour. Dress Casual! Part of the adventure sometimes involves getting a little messy...tall wet grass is common.
President Polk ordered this lighthouse built in 1857 to guard ships from some of the most treacherous shoals in the Great Lakes. Many sailing ships were destroyed here "cutting the corner" into Saginaw Bay. These shipwrecks provide adventure for divers in the Great Lakes State Bottomland Preserve just off the shore. The lighthouse was automated in 1957 and is still in service, but the keeper's residence is now a museum, and the grounds are a lovely 120-acre County park with modern camping.Tours are available Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Memorial Day to Labor Day.
The lighthouse was constructed in 1878, abandoned in 1953 and left to rapidly deteriorate. It is now under lease to the Port Austin Reef Lighthouse Association until the year 2020. After a truly heroic effort by the group to oust the resident flock of 500 pigeons the building was reroofed, bird proofed, and reclaimed for mankind. Interior renovation began in 1990.This ongoing labor of love, determination, and perseverance is conducted on the reef light, two miles off shore.
Take a short cruise from Caseville on private boat/jet ski or fishing charter to Big Charity Island, just one hour to get to this vacation paradise. The island was named by the lake mariners for its location, placed "through the charity of God" midway between the city of Au Gres and the Thumb, at the entrance of Saginaw Bay. The walking trails are marked (and rare flora and fauna identified) and the picnic area has tables, grills, and a pavilion. Spend the day and make believe it's your own private island or that you're the keeper of the lighthouse. The light was constructed in 1857, and then replaced by the Gravelly Shoal Light and abandoned in 1939.
This light, constructed in 1885, is still active. It is automated now, which is not nearly as romantic as crews rowing out from the Harbor Beach Life Boat Station. Duty here wasn't exciting or fraught with danger as it was on the shoalguarding lights to the north. More mundane duties, such as bringing sick crewmen to shore from passing ships, were the norm here. The old surfmen used to say "You have to go out, but you don't have to come back." - it makes you realize that, in some line of work, "boring" is good!Because this is still a working light, tours are not available. But you can view the light from Waterworks Park and the Harbor Beach Marina
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