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Beauty & The Beast: Shiras Park at picnic rocks

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by Ray Anthony

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Beauty & The Beast: Shiras Park at Picnic Rocks

Right between McCarty's Cove: Marquette Michigan's premier park and the beautiful Presque Isle Park: The crown jewel site-seeing spot of Marquette Michigan is Shiras Park & Picnic Rocks. It's a place of beauty, and a place that of a beast as well.

Let's start with more pleasant details about this 31 acre park with the 5/8 mile stretch of beach that this writer coined as the “Riviera Marquette.” The northernmost part of Shiras Park occupies and area know as Picnic Rocks, which is near the intersection of Lakeshore Boulevard and East Fair Street.

Shiras Park offers restrooms, a grassy open commons area, beaches, cooking facilities, picnic tables, drinking fountain and paved and unpaved parking. The highlight of what Shiras Park affords you is the spectacular sunrises.

The Zonta Club of Marquette dedicated a playground consisting of a set of swings, one of which is for tots, a structure created of wood and steel and a serpent shaped from tires to climb upon. There is a bike/walking/hiking path that meanders through the park. The improvements were made possible by the U.S. Land and Water Conservation Project. Shiras Park also plays host to the annual Outback Art Fair.

Now, after all the above stated “beauty”, now comes the beast. Shiras Park & Picnic Rocks is a non swimming park. The beach is open, a wall along the 5/8 stretch of beach is encouraged, but swimming is not recommenced and is strictly prohibited. A flag system is in force and the level of danger is always Red. Three people have perished at Picnic Rock due to the sever undertow and the waves that break in two directions -right at each other!- Heed warning, please.

Click here, or stop by the Marquette's starting point: Lake Superior Community Partnership for more information about Shiras Park at picnic Rocks and many other outdoor site-seeing activities the City of Marquette and Marquette County has to offer.

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