Turnip Rock, MI
It’s a sad truth that some of the most beautiful shorelines in the U.S. are on privately owned land, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get to them — it usually just takes a little more work, and most likely, some form of floating.
Turnip Rock is one such place, a gorgeous rock formation just west of Alaska Bay, a place known as Michigan’s “thumb.” It’s possible to reach it on foot when the shores of Lake Huron freeze over, but for most of the year the only public access is over the water.
Lake Huron is a big body of water that can often get rough, so some kayaking experience is definitely recommended, but on a calm day, it’s a breezy trip to a priceless spot.
Public access is allowed on the shore up to the historical waterline, so those who make the trip are free to park their kayaks and swim, stroll and picnic to their heart’s content.
You can see more photos and the point of departure at alltrails.com/trail/us/michigan/port-austin-point-aux-barques