Presque Isle Township, Michigan

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Presque Isle Township is a civil township of Presque Isle County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,691 at the 2000 census.



Presque Isle is a small unincorporated community within the township located near the shore of Lake Huron. It is approximately 15 miles north of Alpena, and 15 miles south of Rogers City.

The community and the township are named for Presque Isle (literally, "almost an island") which is French for "peninsula". A large part of the township consists of that peninsula, with Lake Huron on the east and Grand Lake on the west and narrows strips of land connecting it to the mainland at the north and south ends. The community of Presque Isle is situated near the center of this peninsula.

The infamous "haunted" (according to local rumor) Old Presque Isle Lighthouse is located near this settlement and is open to the public. The New Presque Isle Lighthouse was built in 1870.

Presque Isle is also home to the famed Fireside Inn. The Inn offers many accommodations such as cabin lodging or food service. The Inn was built in 1908 and has stood the test of time as one of Presque Isle's hidden gems. It is located on Fireside Highway just off Grand Lake Road. U.S. Highway 23 passes through the southern part of the township and runs along the western side of Grand Lake.

The southwest corner of the township is cut off from the rest of the township by Long Lake. The small community of Orchard Point is located there.

Presque Isle is also home to Camp Chickagami, a camp owned by the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 47.2 square miles (122.2 km²), of which, 35.6 square miles (92.2 km²) of it is land and 11.6 square miles (30.0 km²) of it (24.57%) is water. Because of its irregular shape, the civil township includes land from portions of two survey townships. There is a large quarry, a couple miles southeast of the Presque Isle community.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,691 people, 748 households, and 558 families residing in the township. The population density was 47.5 per square mile (18.3/km²). There were 1,595 housing units at an average density of 44.8/sq mi (17.3/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 98.40% White, 0.35% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.77% of the population.

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