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A Day At Port Crescent State Park

Port Crescent State Park, Port Austin, Michigan
Port Crescent State Park, Port Austin, Michigan
Violet Sky at Port Crescent State Park, Port Austin, Michigan
Violet Sky at Port Crescent State Park, Port Austin, Michigan

Located at the tip of the thumb of Michigan is a natural coastal area spanning over 640 acres called Port Crescent State Park. One of the most secluded and pristine natural beaches in the area that is available to visit and with easy access.

Three miles of gorgeous coastline follows the shores of Lake Huron. Along this coast, visitors are able to walk, swim and even kayak in one of the Great Lakes.


Many years ago there was once a small town on the northern shores of the Thumb of Michigan, known as Port Crescent. A sawmill and salt plant were two major industries that the small community thrived on. All of this lay close to the Pinnebog River on the shores of Lake Huron. Yards of the beautiful sands that make up this coastline were removed and sent off to be used for glass production.

Until 1936, the community of Port Crescent thrived on these local industries who also provided employment to the otherwise desolate area. Upon the closure of the these businesses, the area of Port Crescent faded away with time.

In 1956, the state of Michigan purchased 124 acres of what was once the town of Port Crescent to establish one of many to come beach front parks. The chimney from the sawmill stood as a reminder of the locals past until 1961. Later in 1977, Michigan purchased another 455 acres to add to the parks size.

Today you can still see some remnants of the town of Port Crescent. A few foundations are still settled into the sands and a concrete dock allows visitors to remember what once was of this historic community.

Violet Sky’s Visit

I have been to this beach many of times. Every time I have ever graced these beautiful shores I have been filled with appreciation for nature. From the birding trails to the gentle crashing of waves and playful times at the beach, this park has always had a special place in my fondness of the Great Lakes.

How to Visit

Things to do while visiting Port Crescent State Park include swimming, boating, birding, hunting, fishing or hiking on seven miles worth of trails.

Another unique feature that Port Crescent State Park offers is star gazing. As one of seven dark sky preserves in all of Michigan, this park even has a viewing platform. So stay late in the evening to watch all of the twinkling stars flicker in the sky above!

Camping is available at one of the 142 campsites offered. Cabin rentals are also an option for those that do not have a tent or travel trailer.

For information about park admission, camping rates and hours please visit

Thanks for reading and as always, keep on truckin’!

-Violet Sky

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