Natural wonders abound in Michigan. Along our miles and miles of freshwater coastline and in our pristine forests, you’ll find some of the most amazing naturally formed sites in the wold.
The Great Lakes – Four of the five Great Lakes have waters within Michigan’s boundaries. The largest group of freshwater lakes in the world, they hold 21 percent of the earth’s fresh water. They are so large they behave like inland seas with the ability to whip up large waves and even create their own weather.
Mackinac Island – This island sits in Lake Huron in the Straits of Mackinac. In the summer, it’s a bustling resort town where automobiles are not allowed on the streets. Visitors and residents get around by foot, bicycle or horse-drawn wagon.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore – It’s named for 15 miles of sandstone cliffs that feature natural formations and carvings due to erosion from Lake Superior. Miner’s Castle of one of its most famous formations.
Tahquamenon Falls – Located in the Upper Peninsula, it’s one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississippi with a 50 foot drop that spans 200 feet. It’s nicknamed Rootbeer Falls, because tannin from a cedar swamp that drains into the river colors the water a golden-brown.
Lake of the Clouds – You’ll find Lake of the Clouds in a valley between two ridges of the Porcupine Mountains in the Upper Peninsula. The blue water of the lake is a sharp contrast to the green of the surrounding woods.
Isle Royale National Park – This island is a national wilderness area located in Lake Superior. Hiking, camping and boating are the main activities on the island. Visitors may encounter wolves, moose, painted turtles and a variety of birds on the island.
Petoskey Stones – These fossilized stones feature a hexagon pattern visible when wet or polished. They’re found on the shores of Lake Michigan in the northern Lower Peninsula. They’re highly sought after as collectibles and souvenirs.
Turnip Rock – You’ll find The Turnip Rock formation in Lake Huron in Michigan’s Thumb region near Pointe Aux Barques. Waves from Lake Huron have been eating away at the base of the rock for hundreds of years to create this unusual formation. You can get an up-close look at Turnip Rock by kayaking the shallow waters that surround it.
Kitch-iti-kipi – In Palms Book State Park in the Upper Peninsula near Manistique you’ll find Kitch-iti-kipi, a crystal clear, emerald-green pool of water. 200 feet across and 40 feet deep, spring water gushes at 10,000 gallons a minute from fissures in the limestone. Always 45 degrees, the water never freezes.