Rockport State Park

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Rockport State Park
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RJSJR
Muskegon, MI161 contributions
Rocks with a view
Sep 2021 • Couples
We went there for the ricks and stayed for the view. I want to know more about the history of this place. We climbed to the top of the rock pile and we’re not disappointed. It is a beautiful view.
Written September 11, 2021
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rdsm77
Tucson, AZ292 contributions
Not your average state park
Jul 2021
Rockport State Park was probably the weirdest state park I've ever been to. A good weird though. It is the site of an old quarry with a giant pile of rocks to climb. The information boards are about bats which apparently live in a smaller rock pile behind the giant rock pile. If there are actual hiking trails, I didn't see any. If so they're not marked. Supposedly there are fossils. I picked up a few rocks but I don’t know if they have fossils. They looked like plain old rocks to me. The view of the lake is really nice from the top. There's a large old dock that people were enjoying and a number of picnic tables. I didn’t want to climb back up the rocks again to get back to the car and eventually found a dirt road to the west that led back to the picnic area.
Written September 10, 2021
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jstock
Saint Clair, MI274 contributions
Hidden gem
Aug 2021 • Family
This was an great little stop. We originally went there for the fossils, but were able to jump off the pier, which was fun. Lots of fossils. To get to the quarry with all the fossils, take the trail behind the big rock pile.
Written August 14, 2021
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Red
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Beautiful State Park
Jul 2021 • Friends
We went to Rockport for fossils and Petosky’s. We found them everywhere. We walked the trail to the quarry, then back to the limestone pile. That’s where we found Petosky’s everywhere. The water is crystal clear. Plenty of trail space for bikers and walkers. Thunder Bay is beautiful. There’s a large picnic area. A very large boat launch parking area. The Besser Natural Area was a beautiful 1.3 mile stroll with narrow walking trails. Online has directions and what to look for & they’re very accurate. We all enjoyed Rockport State Park.
Written July 13, 2021
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Clayton Kubacki
1 contribution
Fall vacation
Oct 2019 • Couples
Rockport state recreation is a very nice part. Secluded, not busy and very scenic. Would go back again. Did not see everything there was to see. Would like maps of the park though to help get around.
Written October 19, 2019
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AuntieM64
Eastern NC1,677 contributions
A really unique place
Sep 2019
I love rocks and fossils and found out through a Facebook group I am part of that there were fossils to be "had" at a quarry next to Rockport State Park. My GPS was of no help by putting the address in, but I had done a Google Map search and knew about where I had to go. Down a long dirt road is a place that is truly unique. There is an old concrete and dirt pier jutting out into Lake Huron where ships used to tie up to load stone used for roads, driveways, and other things. This stone was mined from a quarry next to the pier and that quarry, which is no longer operating, has an abundance of fossils of coral and crinoids among other things. The pier is a popular place for fishermen and women, and I even noticed some scuba divers giving tests to their students there. If you go for fossils, the quarry is not very far - but having a hammer and chisel would be helpful for breaking the fossils away from their matrix rock. It would also be good to remember that rocks are heavy, and the farther you have to carry them, and the more you get, the heavier they become...... :-)
Written September 29, 2019
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WCFG
Alpena, MI18 contributions
Great place
Jun 2019
I have been here several times. It never gets old. The beauty of Lake Huron never gets boring. My family has hiked here, had a picnic, swam, and enjoyed a meteor shower. Just go!!
Written August 7, 2019
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bcs488
Grand Rapids, MI229 contributions
Fossils, bats, trails, lake shore, what's not to like here?
Jul 2019 • Solo
I stopped in on a warm July Sunday afternoon to check this place out. Sat at one of several picnic tables and had a snack upon arrival, noticed there is one restroom available at the pier location. Did not check out the boat launch area which is a short distance away. This is a good launch site for boaters, and I was not surprised that there were a number of people swimming and snorkeling around the pier. I hiked up the rock pile and observed Middle Island, like to get out there sometime. Took a look at a grate protecting one of the bat tunnels. Nice to know these little guys have a good, secure home place. I had no map so wandered around a little bit and found my way to the quarry to check out the rocks. With little effort I found a couple fossil 'souvenirs' to keep as a reminder of a very unique sort of place. I'll be coming back here sometime and will wear appropriate footwear. Loose fitting shoes were not so good, particularly in the quarry. Hiking, or, hunting type boots, giving support and ankle protection, would be much better. As a reminder, you do need the Michigan State Park passport to use this place.
Written July 24, 2019
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Frank D
Canton, MI49 contributions
A diamond in the rough
May 2018
This is a new Michigan State Park. It is an old Limestone mining and loading pier on the shores of Lake Huron. There are still tall piles of limestone as they were when they were to be loaded on the ore carrier boats. There are a couple of parking lots, for cars and horse trailers. There is a a new style outhouse, no drinking water and no camping allowed. If you like to hunt for fossils, this is the place to go.
Written April 15, 2019
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Steve Jakubcin
Alpena, MI78 contributions
Dark Sky Preserve
Apr 2019 • Solo
One of the best place in the area to watch the stars. Along with it being one of three Dark Sky Preserves, it also offers hiking, fishing and great water access!
Written April 14, 2019
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