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Presque Isle is in northeast Lower Michigan, in Presque Isle County.

bulletThompson's Harbor is a Michigan State Park that encompasses over 5000 acres of undeveloped beach dunes, upland and marsh. It includes unique areas of Lake Huron Sand Dunes and is home to the Dwarf Lake Iris, a rare and endangered plant. Three trails can be hiked, ranging from 1.4 to 2.6 miles and covering 7.5 miles of Lake Huron Shoreline. Park at the trailhead off of U.S. 23, about 3 miles north of County Road 638.
bulletThe Besser Natural Area is home to one of Michigan's last few stands of Virgin Pine. A one mile foot trail can be hiked in this area formerly inhabited by the people of the Village of Bell, and some remains of the original buildings can be found. This beautiful area also includes a lagoon and a beach on Lake Huron.
bulletThe Old Presque Isle Lighthouse, built in 1840, was the first lighthouse in Presque Isle. In 1861, Patrick Garrity was named lightkeeper by President Abraham Lincoln.
bulletThe New Presque Isle Lighthouse, built in 1870 by Orlando M. Poe, is one of three Great Lakes towers built from the same plans. It replaced the smaller 1840 harbor light. The conical brick tower rises 113 feet from a limestone foundation. The Third Order Fresnel lens was make by Henre LePaute of Paris. Patrick Garrity, the keeper of the harbor light, lit the lamp for the first time at the opening of the 1871 navigation season. Garrity served here until 1885 when he became keeper of the Harbor Range Lights. His wife, Mary, sons Thomas, Patrick, and John, and daughter Anna all served as light keepers in this area. In 1890 a steam operated fog signal manufactured by Variety Iron Works of Cleveland, Ohio, was installed. The light was automated in 1970 by the U.S. Coast Guard.

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