Turnip Rock, Port Austin, Michigan

Turnip Rock and Kai standing on the "thumbnail" in Michigan's thumb area. Unfortunately, this area is privately owned so Kai and I skied to it from the harbor at Port Austin (about 2.25 miles away) on Lake Huron. We then skied out to the Port Austin Lighthouse which sits out in the middle of the bay on a shallow shoal (about 2.5 miles from the shores of Port Austin). We saw all sorts of interesting ice formations along the way and had a great time on a cold and blustery day. More photos here:



  • Ron Layters 6y

    fantastic shot
  • Eye See 360 6y

    Wow! Visited Port Austin and Point Aux Barque frequently, only once in winter - 1980. This is beautiful

    (I may be living your dream on Lake Superior... if you like blizzards! Thank you for your comment)
  • Sampa 6y

    what awonderful view............unforgettable photography.............
  • digital viking 6y

    Really nice shot, didn't know this place existed.
  • john 6y

    what an amazing sight
  • Kathy Winkler 6y

    Such a beautiful winter shot of Turnip Rock! I have visited there often and took photos in the fall. I have always wanted to shot photos there in winter! Wow!
  • joseph martinez 6y

    oh my gosh i go there every summer and my cousin and i are always liek lets go to that big rock! i love this picture
  • Monty VanderBilt 6y

    How hard is it to get on top? (bolt route?)
  • Kathy Winkler 6y

    Standing on the thumbnail is a very risky job! Most of the times it is very windy there. It's very easy to loose balance and fly over the edge onto rocks(ouch) and into bumpy, rocky, Lake Huron. Not a good idea.
  • Lars Jensen 6y

    Not hard to get on top, there's a spot where the cliffs have collapsed and you can just climb up the rocks. I never worried about being blown off by wind but it is a little unnerving since it could come crashing down at any time (at least you imagine it could).
  • Lars Jensen 6y

    And if you mean on top of Turnip Rock, I have no idea, it is inverted on all sides and the rock is a bit crumbly (the bottom is actually reinforced with concrete or it probably would have fallen into the lake by now). Also, it's probably only about 20 feet tall.
  • Kathy Winkler 6y

    No, you really can't climb on turnip rock.....glad people can't . Better that it's kept pristine and not damaged. The community there, where the rock formation is located, is "gated and private". Also the area is a National Lakeshore. This helps to protect this beautiful formation( besides the cemented base). There is another formation near Magraw Park, that used to look like Turnip. Over the years it fell from wave action etc. It's name is Loosemore Rock. It still looks interesting but people have graffitied all over it.
  • Andrew McFarlane 5y

    Hey Lars - I'm featuring your Thumb trip report and this photo today on Michigan in Pictures.

    Hope you had a great New Year!
  • TCheri 4y

    It looks glorious in the winter!

    We were fortunate enough to run into someone who lived in the area and was willing to give us a private tour of the area - what a grand experience!
  • Danielle Kiemel 4y

    WOW, this is absolutely incredible!
  • RJ 4y

    Fantastic shot! The figure provides a great contrast.
  • Nikki 3y

    Wow amazing!
  • tim fries 3y

    Yes - the figure completes the shot. Otherwordly! Love it.
  • Dan Anderson. 3y

  • Bob Schwind 2y

    How was this area allowed to be privately owned ? Thanks to our government for letting this become private ! As a lifelong Michigander , this upsets me and it is wrong for ANYONE to withhold a natural wonder for themselves . Hopefully as one of these locals leave this earth , they will also leave their property to the state as an access point.
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