The Little Presque Isle tract is often called the crown jewel of Lake Superior, with its beautiful sand beaches, rugged shoreline cliffs, heavily timbered forests, and unmatched public views. One of the reasons I love to hike in the U.P of Michigan is the panoramic views that often accompany a trail at any given time.
The proposed natural area occurs north and south of Little Presque Point, around the mouth of Harlow Creek. The area is a combination of a wooded dune and swale community and bedrock lakeshore and cliff.
This land has retained its natural character, and its location next to Lake Superior and its variable terrain and timber types provide a rare and unique setting.
The terrain in and around Little Presque and Harlow Lake is a good work out for any backpacker. Sugarloaf Mountain and other small mounds offer spectacular views.
My winter trip offered the chance for some awesome snowshoeing. Winter is a great time to go to Little Presque and Harlow Lake. Lots of snow. I was there during a snow storm and it was beautiful to hike around Harlow Lake.
In fact, Harlow Lake has cabins that you can rent all year round. They have a small stove to cook on so leave your fuel at home, and cook right on an old pot belly stove.
All in all, I did around 15 miles of good ol fashion hiking/snowshoeing during sub-zero wind chills….I would do it all over again. It was a great experience.
Go to the Michigan DNR website for more information.
Watch the video of Harlow Lake/Little Presque Isle.