Presque Isle shares a border with Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Less than .5 miles north of downtown Presque Isle is the sign "Entering Michigan." Most immediately, you will find yourself traveling through the Ottawa National Forest. The initial 10 miles are similar to the region here, with smaller lakes dotted along the landscape and lots of woods to explore. Once you hit Highway 2, though, you begin to get a sense of a different landscape, one where flowing water is a major player. We send people north for a change of scenery from Presque Isle and the Northwoods' more intimate, quiet lakes to witness and experience the largest freshwater lake in the world (by surface area): Lake Superior, as well as the plethora of easy to moderate access waterfalls along the way.
It is the quintessential day trip, and may even be considered a bucket list trip. Visit one or two of the more off-beat waterfalls, or find a series of five highly accessible ones just south of Lake Superior's Black River Harbor. They are amazing all year long, and especially powerful in the spring and after heavy rains. Don't forget your camera!
The UP Travel website is an excellent resource, and the Presque Isle Chamber office has a number of publications to assist you in planning your trip. Feel free to contact us anytime via email or phone 715-686-2910.