Enjoy All That Presque Isle Harbor Association Has to Offer
With easy, daily access to activities and events in Alpena, Rogers City, Cheboygan, and Petoskey, it is ideally suited for persons whose employment or retirement situation would allow them to settle in a community that takes them away from the “hustle and bustle” of most urban areas. Presque Isle is truly a “diamond-in-the-rough” that can be found on the Huron shores of Northeast Lower Michigan. The association is open to all parties who own properties within the development.
Association amenities include a clubhouse with indoor pool, exercise equipment, activity room, game spaces, and meeting rooms; two beach houses, three beaches (one with boat rental), launching facilities on both Grand Lake and Lake Huron; a campground with full facilities, and a camper pavilion. There is a thriving community recreational and social program as well. For the summer and winter sports enthusiast, the Association has miles of hiking/snowmobile/cross country ski trails. Nearby, on State land, are many more miles of groomed and ungroomed ski and snowmobile trails.
Experience the many different activities and amenities our clubhouse has to offer! It includes an indoor pool and hot tub, exercise room, activity room and game space, meeting room, patio and common space. The clubhouse has a lounge area with a large screen TV, several tables with seating for 4-6, and a fireplace. WI-FI capability is available throughout the facility. The swimming pool (with an observation area) is open for lap swimming at 8AM M-F and closes at 9:30PM.
The exercise room opens at 8AM daily and includes weights, treadmills, airdyne bike, two universal strength machines, a stairstep and several other workout machines. Also located in the clubhouse is a game room (pool and foosball), and an activities hall for meetings, basketball, and volleyball. Near the activities hall is a full service kitchen. There are two other rooms which are used as meeting rooms for cards and general groups.
On the grounds of the clubhouse are a tennis court, shuffle board, swing set and two decks with barbecues. Several trails lead from the grounds into the green spaces surrounding it.
The association’s clubhouse is located at 6424 Kauffman Road and can be contacted at 989-595-2411. The clubhouse is open weekdays from 8AM – 10PM, and weekends from 10AM – 10PM. It is closed on Christmas Eve Day, Christmas, New Years Eve Day, and Easter. Click here for a complete list of PIHA Facility Rules
Grand Lake Beach House and Pavilion
This Grand Lake facility provides launching, boating and outdoor gathering space on a beautiful inland lake. There is a roped off swimming area with raft, pavilion with changing rooms, restrooms, picnic tables, volleyball, playground, sandy beach, canoe, and kayaks. A BBQ grill is available for outdoor cooking. An attendant is on duty from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year. The area is open from 12 PM – 8 PM Memorial Day through Labor Day with an attendant onsite.
North Bay Beach House
The North Bay Beach House is located near the Lake Huron Marina. This is an indoor facility that may be rented by property owners for gathering of up to 40 persons. It includes indoor restrooms. Click here for fees. The facility provides a beautiful view of sand dunes and Lake Huron’s North Bay. Access from the Beach house to a fantastic fine sand beach is just over the dunes.
Presque Isle Harbor Beach
Across the street from the North Bay Beach House and adjacent from the state marina is the Presque Isle Harbor Beach. Often used for walking, we often see summer visitors and local residents splashing and swimming in the beautiful Lake Huron waters located here.
Burnhams Landing Park
This historic site provides a gorgeous view of the harbor as well as a picnic area, swing and swing set for you and your family to enjoy.
North Bay Park
Located off of Bay Shore Drive, this quaint park provides direct access to North Bay. It offers breathtaking views of the New 1870 Presque Isle Lighthouse, North Bay Beach House and the open waters of Lake Huron.
Lake Esau Park
Located on Pioneer Trail, Lake Esau park provides a wonderful view of pristine blue Lake Esau. The park includes a boat launch, picnic area, swing set and benches to enjoy a sunny day picnic or sit and relax by the water.
The campground operates from April 1 – December 1 each year. The facility is available for members to use for a nominal fee. Reservations are suggested, especially on holidays and the first 2 weeks in August, which are the busiest times. The campground includes 60 sites, 28 of which are seasonal (there is currently a waiting list), and all with water and electricity.
There is a central building with restrooms and showers. Next to the building is a playground which includes volleyball and horseshoes. The campground provides a wonderful place for members to use before they complete the construction of their own home. During the summer months, May – September 20th, there is a site manager and there is propane gas exchange (20 and 30 lbs) available. For a complete list of Campground facility rates click here. For a map of the campground, click here.
Crystal Point Launch and Hike Area
Crystal Point is a gem of the area. Comprising the whole southern point at the entrance to Presque Isle Harbor it includes a small pond within its green space. There are hiking trails which at times follow the sea wall of rocks piled up by earlier storms, and at times traverse both softwood and hardwood forests. These trails give access to many views of Lake Huron and take the walker close to the location of the wreck of the Albany and Albany point. Located at Crystal Point is a boat launch for small boats (although, when lake levels are low, an alternate ramp is located at the marina across from Crystal Point). In addition the association rents two mooring balls for vessels up to 45 feet which are accessible from the launch ramp. Many residents and friends watch the 4th of July fireworks from the beach near the launch ramp. There is a locked gate which limits vehicle access. Owners may purchase a key at the clubhouse.
Common Property/Green Space Trails
Throughout the development are miles of hiking/snowmobile/skiing trails which connect the large amount of green space which is set aside from building within the area. The map below shows the length of the various trails within the green space of the association. If you click on the map you can see a larger version of it.
In addition to the association’s green space trails, PIHA is just south of and contiguous to Thompson Harbor State Park with its miles of trails as well.
Explore Presque Isle
Located on the shores of Lake Huron in Northeastern Michigan, Presque Isle offers the only natural harbor on Lake Huron as well as two protected anchorages and a new Waterways marina. Wildlife abounds in Presque Isle, including deer, bear, fox, coyote, bald eagle, loon, raccoon, and a host of other small forest wildlife. Many rare and endangered plant species live among the normal plant life common to limestone bedrock. Fossils lay scattered over the Lake Huron shoreline. And the night sky is a striking sight that is seldom seen anywhere else in Michigan.
Here are some helpful links to websites of attractions around the area and surrounding counties.
PI Men’s Club
PI Women’s Club
Grand Lake Association
PI Wooden Boat Show
PI Township Hall
Friends of Thompson’s Harbor State Park
Grand Lake Community Chapel
Grand Lake Branch Library
Friends of Grand Lake Library
Grand Lake Sportsmen’s Club
Grand Lake Youth Sailing Camp
Presque Isle County Council on Aging