Presque Isle- or the “island” as true yoopers call it, is located on a 323-acre forested oval-shaped peninsula which juts into Lake Superior just minutes from downtown Marquette. Designed with guidance from Frederick Law Olmstead, the park was home to the last chief of the local band of Ojibwe people, Charlie Kabagum and it has been a favorite destination since the settlement period of Marquette.
The park’s jagged shoreline is more than two miles long and contains some of the oldest exposed rock formations in the world. Most of the park is undeveloped woodland including white birch and maple stands, accented with areas of virgin white pine and huge hemlock trees. After renowned landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead visited Presque Isle in September 1891, he wrote:
“A park on this site can have certain natural advantages possessed by no other that I have seen.” Come learn more about Marquette’s “Gem”* Tours are free with purchase of weekdend or day pass.