Scenic USA - Michigan

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Gratiot River North

Gratiot River North - Keweenaw County, Michigan

Photos by Ben Prepelka

     A recent addition to the Keweenaw County parks system, the hundred acre Gratiot River Trailhead Gratiot River County Park was set up along the shores of Lake Superior. A beachcombers delight, the park features nearly a mile of cobble strewn shoreline and a half mile section of the Gratiot River.
     Shortly after the park was established in 2002, peninsula developers launched plans to build a complex of lake front homes with an access bridge across the Gratiot River. Hoping to retain the park's natural surroundings, North Woods Conservancy planners Busy Beaver at Work gathered support to permanently stop the plans for a Gratiot River bridge and the development. Securing funds from several Michigan State grant programs, the land around the Gratiot River was purchased for 1.7 million dollars.
     Unfortunately, long delays in securing funds incurred an additional two years interest on the loan. Despite the setback, NWC members are still pleased to have saved their park and very proud to have added 122 acres of parkland. The park now features Gratiot River access and doubles the length of shoreline. Today, back country hikers can begin inland at the Gratiot River North Trailhead, exploring the Gratiot River and discovering area wildlife all the way to the shores of Lake Superior.

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