National Park Sites
in Michigan I have Visited

Historic Locomotive at Keweenaw National Historic Site Rock Erosion from Lake Superior in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore From the Dune to the Lake in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
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Keweenaw National Historic Site

The Keweenaw Peninsula is known as Copper Country. Copper was originally mined by early Native Americans and commercial mining began after the United States gained title to the Keweenaw in 1842. Mining until the last mine closed in 1996. The park preserves two large scale mining complexes. The Quincy Unit near Hancock focuses on the above- and below- ground technoliges of copper mining. Twelve miles north is the Calumet Unit which incorperates the social, ethnic, commercial, and company-planned aspects of the Calumet and Hecla mining community. In and around the two units are over a dozen independently operated Keweenaw Heritage Sites that work in partnership with the National Park Service. Each heritage site tells a different story about Copper Country

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The National Park Service web page for the Keweenaw National Historic Site provides additional information.

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Sandstone cliffs 50 to 200 feet high along blue Lake Superior, and deep forrests with lakes and waterfalls make up Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Activities available to the visitor include exploring an old lighthouse, taking a cruse to view the cliffs, hiking, hunting and fishing, camping, and boating, canoing, and kayaking. I took most of the photos of the cliffs in the photo gallery on a sunset cruse which I highly recommend.

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The National Park Service web page for Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore provides additional information.

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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore includes approximately 25 miles of the northwestern shore of Michigan's Lower Penisula and two wilderness area islands. It is a hilly region fringed with massive shoreline dunes and dotted with clear lakes, birch-lined streams, dense beech-maple forests, sandy beaches, and bluffs up to 460 feet high. Visitors will find a variety of activities including climbing the dunes, hiking, swimming, boating, canoeing, hunting, visiting historic sites, and camping.

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The National Park Service web page for Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore provides additional information.

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