BIG BAY - For those seeking spectacular views of fall color, Lake Superior or the surrounding countryside, a visit to the Thomas Rock Scenic Overlook in Powell Township would certainly not disappoint.
Though the view may be sensational, the relatively newly-developed overlook is not widely-known.
From the vantage point, situated a short distance south of Big Bay, the Keweenaw Peninsula is visible, along with the 1,860-acre Lake Independence, Granite Island and Marquette County Road 550.
The view from the Thomas Rock Scenic Overlook affords visitors sensational vistas, which include the Keweenaw Peninsula, Granite Rock, Lake Independence and Big Bay. (Journal photo by John Pepin)
In March 2009, the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund announced a funding award of $319,100 to build the overlook, which is positioned on a natural rock outcrop known formerly to locals as "Gobbler's Knob."
In addition to observation decks, the site also includes a looped half-mile nature trail, bathrooms, picnic tables and grills.
There are also interpretive display boards, benches and boardwalks situated at various key points along the trail, including the overlook. The site is accessible for use by wheelchairs and strollers.
The short entrance road to the overlook runs off Marquette County Road 510, at a point one mile west of County Road 550.
A stone sign monument marks the location along County Road 510.
From Marquette, the distance to the overlook is roughly 25 driving miles.
For more information on the overlook, contact the Powell Township office at 345-9345.
John Pepin can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 206.