Do you consider yourself a Michigan enthusiast? Prove it! In two previous blogs, part one and two, we tested our fans on unique and hard to pronounce Michigan destination names. Now we’re back for more.
For the third and final test, try your luck at these Pure Michigan tongue twisters. Let us know how many you got correct by commenting below.
Munuscong River State Forest
Venture to the Upper Peninsula’s East Side to the small town of Pickford. Here you will find the “Mun-us-kong” River State Forest, which offers rustic campgrounds on a first-come, first-serve basis. The river is a tributary of Munuscong Lake, part of the St. Mary’s River waterway and an arm of Lake Huron.
We’re guessing this one got you. A silent and majestic sentinel, the “wah-go-shaunts” Lighthouse marks the western entrance to the Straits of Mackinac. It was in the Waugoshance Shoal area of Lake Michigan that the first lightship, a boat equipped with a light, was stationed in 1832 to help guide the many ships through the area. After 19 years of service, in 1851, the Lighthouse Board decided to replace the Lightship with the present Lighthouse.
Fort Gratiot Township
Rich in history, Fort “Grass-shut” Township was originally home to historic Fort Gratiot, named after General Charles Gratiot who established a military fort in the early 1800’s. It is also the original home of the Fort Gratiot Lighthouse, the first and oldest light house in the state. From its beginnings as a military fort nearly two centuries ago, the township has grown into a thriving community of over 11,000.
Muskallonge Lake State Park
This 159-site campground, located between “Musk-a-lunge” Lake and Lake Superior in Newberry, is a perfect destination for swimming, boating, rock hunting and fishing. If you’re feeling adventurous, and hungry, you can also do some wild berry picking while at the state park.
Pointe Aux Barques Lighthouse
The Pointe Aux Barques, or “Point Oh Barks”, Lighthouse was built in 1857 under President James K. Polk’s orders to guard ships from some of the most treacherous shoals in the Great Lakes. The lighthouse is 89 feet tall with 103 cast iron steps to the top. It is owned and operated by the U.S. Coast Guard and was automated in 1957. The lighthouse has a flashing white light that shines 18 miles out over Lake Huron as a warning that the area contains shallow waters that can be a hazard.It also marks the entrance into Saginaw Bay.
Bois Blanc Island
Bois Blanc Island, known as “Bob-Low,” is located in the Straits of Mackinac, near the top of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula. You can reach the Island by ferry from Cheboygan, a few miles southeast of Mackinaw City. From the island’s west end, one can see the Mackinac Bridge and Mackinac Island. You can catch a distant glimpse of the Upper Peninsula from the north shore.
The “Men-on-ahck-wa” Woods Nature Preserve, along with surrounding areas, offers more than 180 acres to explore on Michigan’s west side. These preserves combine to create much of the green corridor between Petoskey and Harbor Springs. Enjoy birdwatching, scenic views, bicycling, hiking trails and snowshoeing in the winter.
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