Thompson's Harbor State Park

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Thompson's Harbor State Park
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Location within the state of Michigan
Location Krakow Township, Presque Isle County, Michigan, USA
Nearest city Rogers City, Michigan
Coordinates 45°20′30″N83°34′05″W / 45.34166°N 83.56805°W / 45.34166; -83.56805 Coordinates: 45°20′30″N83°34′05″W / 45.34166°N 83.56805°W / 45.34166; -83.56805
Area 5,109 acres (20.68 km2)
Governing body Michigan Department of Natural Resources
www.michigandnr.com/ParksandTrails/Details.aspx?id=500&type=SPRK

Thompson's Harbor State Park is a 5,109-acre (20.68 km2) state park in Presque Isle County, Michigan.

State park protected area managed at the federated state level

State parks are parks or other protected areas managed at the sub-national level within those nations which use "state" as a political subdivision. State parks are typically established by a state to preserve a location on account of its natural beauty, historic interest, or recreational potential. There are state parks under the administration of the government of each U.S. state, some of the Mexican states, and in Brazil. The term is also used in the Australian state of Victoria. The equivalent term used in Canada, Argentina, South Africa and Belgium, is provincial park. Similar systems of local government maintained parks exist in other countries, but the terminology varies.

Presque Isle County, Michigan County in the United States

Presque Isle County is a county in the Lower peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 13,376. The county seat is Rogers City. The county was authorized by state legislative action on April 1, 1840, but the county government was not established until 1871. The government was reorganized in 1875.

Michigan State of the United States of America

Michigan is a state in the Great Lakes and Midwestern regions of the United States. The state's name, Michigan, originates from the Ojibwe word mishigamaa, meaning "large water" or "large lake". With a population of about 10 million, Michigan is the tenth most populous of the 50 United States, with the 11th most extensive total area, and is the largest state by total area east of the Mississippi River. Its capital is Lansing, and its largest city is Detroit. Metro Detroit is among the nation's most populous and largest metropolitan economies.

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The park encompasses seven and a half miles of pristine, undeveloped Lake Huron shoreline. It provides a rustic retreat where hikers and cross-country skiers can explore 6 miles (9.7 km) of trails. Two rustic cabins are offered for overnight rental. The harbor is a great place to paddle, particularly in sea kayaks. [1] Thompson's Harbor State Park was designated a Michigan "dark sky preserve" in 2016. [2]

Lake Huron one of the Great Lakes of North America

Lake Huron is one of the five Great Lakes of North America. Hydrologically, it comprises the easterly portion of Lake Michigan–Huron, having the same surface elevation as its westerly counterpart, to which it is connected by the 5-mile-wide (8.0 km), 20-fathom-deep Straits of Mackinac. It is shared on the north and east by the Canadian province of Ontario and on the south and west by the state of Michigan in the United States. The name of the lake is derived from early French explorers who named it for the Huron people inhabiting the region. The Huronian glaciation was named due to evidence collected from Lake Huron region. The northern parts of the lake include the North Channel and Georgian Bay. Across the lake to the southwest is Saginaw Bay. The main inlet is the St. Marys River, and the main outlet is the St. Clair River.

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References

  1. "Michigan Recreation Search Site Details Page". www.michigandnr.com.
  2. Jackson, Angie. "Michigan designates 3 new dark sky preserves". MLive . Retrieved December 19, 2017.
Michigan Department of Natural Resources

The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the agency of the state of Michigan charged with maintaining natural resources such as state parks, state forests, and recreation areas. It is governed by a director appointed by the Governor and accepted by the Natural Resources Commission. Currently the Director is Keith Creagh. The DNR has about 1,400 permanent employees, and over 1,600 seasonal employees.