Presque Isle Township, Michigan

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Presque Isle Township, Michigan
Presque Isle Township, Michigan is located in Michigan
Presque Isle Township, Michigan
Presque Isle Township, Michigan
Location within the state of Michigan
Coordinates: 45°17′14″N 83°28′26″W / 45.28722°N 83.47389°W / 45.28722; -83.47389Coordinates: 45°17′14″N 83°28′26″W / 45.28722°N 83.47389°W / 45.28722; -83.47389
Country United States
State Michigan
County Presque Isle
 • Total 47.2 sq mi (122.2 km2)
 • Land 35.6 sq mi (92.2 km2)
 • Water 11.6 sq mi (30.0 km2)
Elevation 600 ft (183 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 1,691
 • Density 47.5/sq mi (18.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 49777
Area code(s) 989
FIPS code 26-66340[1]
GNIS feature ID 1626943[2]

Presque Isle Township is a civil township of Presque Isle County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,376 at the 2010 census.


Presque Isle is a small unincorporated community within the township located near the shore of Lake Huron. It is approximately 15 miles north of Alpena, and 15 miles south of Rogers City.

The community and the township are named for Presque Isle (literally, "almost an island") which is French for "peninsula". A large part of the township consists of that peninsula, with Lake Huron on the east and Grand Lake on the west; only narrow strips of land connect it to the mainland at the north and south ends. The community of Presque Isle is situated near the center of this peninsula.

Old Presque Isle Lighthouse is located near this settlement; according to local legend, it is haunted. It is open for viewing by the public. The New Presque Isle Lighthouse was built in 1870.

The southwest corner of the township is cut off from the rest of the township by Long Lake. The small community of Orchard Point is located there.

Presque Isle is also home to Camp Chickagami, a camp owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 47.2 square miles (122.2 km²), of which 35.6 square miles (92.2 km²) is land and 11.6 square miles (30.0 km²) (24.57%) is water. Because of its irregular shape, the civil township includes land from portions of two survey townships. There is a large quarry, a couple miles southeast of the Presque Isle community.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,691 people, 748 households, and 558 families residing in the township. The population density was 47.5 per square mile (18.3/km²). There were 1,595 housing units at an average density of 44.8 per square mile (17.3/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.40% White, 0.35% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.77% of the population.

There were 748 households out of which 20.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 70.7% were married couples living together, 2.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.3% were non-families. 22.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.63.

In the township the population was spread out with 17.5% under the age of 18, 4.4% from 18 to 24, 20.2% from 25 to 44, 33.9% from 45 to 64, and 24.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females there were 109.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 107.9 males.

The median income for a household in the township was $41,705, and the median income for a family was $44,671. Males had a median income of $40,724 versus $27,443 for females. The per capita income for the township was $23,938. About 2.7% of families and 3.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.7% of those under age 18 and 2.6% of those age 65 or over.