Rockport State Recreation Area

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Rockport State Recreation Area
Map showing the location of Rockport State Recreation Area
Map showing the location of Rockport State Recreation Area
Location within the state of Michigan
Location Alpena, Presque Isle counties, Michigan, USA
Nearest city Alpena, Michigan
Coordinates 45°11′59″N 83°23′42″W / 45.1997°N 83.3949°W / 45.1997; -83.3949Coordinates: 45°11′59″N 83°23′42″W / 45.1997°N 83.3949°W / 45.1997; -83.3949
Area 4,237 acres (17.15 km2)
Established 2012
Governing body Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Rockport State Recreation Area is a 4,237-acre (17.15 km2) state park located along the shore of Lake Huron in Alpena and Presque Isle counties in the state of Michigan. It is operated by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and was established in 2012. The park contains limestone formations and an old limestone quarry.[1][2] There is a deep water boat launch that can accommodate all sizes of watercraft.[3] The park is located along the Lake Huron Flyway and is used to gauge the health of Lake Huron and its shoreline environment. Several ship wrecks can be found off-shore in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary including the Portland and the Portsmouth.[4] The park was previously known as "The Rockport property" and is not far north of Alpena, Michigan.[5]

In Alpena County, about 11 miles south is the Michigan Nature Association’s Julius C. and Marie Moran Peter Memorial Nature Sanctuary. The sanctuary encompasses 95 acres and Grass Lake. dwarf lake iris, bird's-eye primrose and eastern white cedar surround it, and running through it is Hamilton Road, Michigan's first declared "Natural Beauty Road" (1971).[5] Rockport State Recreation Area was designated a Michigan "dark sky preserve" in 2016.[6]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rockport Becomes the Newest Michigan State Park" (Press release). Michigan DNR. 2012-02-10. Retrieved 2012-02-14. 
  2. ^ Travis, Jordan (April 12, 2012). "DNR to secure permission for Friends of Rockport to clear trails". The Alpena News. Ogden Newspapers Inc. Archived from the original on April 13, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rockport Boating Access Site". Michigan's Recreational Boating Information System. 
  4. ^ Michigan DNR. "The Rockport Property Executive Summary" (PDF). p. 2. 
  5. ^ a b "Michigan's Newest State Park: Rockport". Michigan Nature Association. March 9, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  6. ^ http://www.mlive.com/news/index.ssf/2016/02/michigan_designates_3_new_dark.html

External links[edit]

  • [1] Michigan Department of Natural Resources