Things To Do


Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location.

Geocaching is fun for the whole family!
Fossil Hunting

Fossils of invertebrate sea life, such as

stromatoporiods and stromatolites, dating to the prehistoric seas abound in the old quarry. This in one

on the best fossil collection areas in the Upper Great Lakes.

An extensive network of foot trails lead throughout the Rockport site. Outside the quarry and beach area, the property is heavily wooded. We are in the process of marking trails leading to the sink holes. There are over a dozen sink holes, some containing water. 

Diving, Snorkeling and Swimming

Several shipwrecks can be found off-shore in the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary including the Portland and the Portsmouth.

The Photo to the left is of divers/snorkelers at shipwreck located off of Besser Natural Area.   This is one of the many shipwrecks in the Thunderbay Marine Sanctuary and it is accessible from Besser Natural Area. 


DNR Boat Launch - Rockport site is a popular Salmon fishing launch. During Salmon fishing season, boat traffic can be heavy. Much of the year it is very quiet.
Kayaking and Canoeing

A kayaker near Middle Island Lighthouse.  A portion of Middle Island , the north end, is part of Rockport State Recreation Area.

Canoeing and kayaking around Rockport offers many diverse and beautiful views for  enjoying nature and its surroundings.

Beautiful shoreline, forests, meadows covered with wildflowers, and wild animals such as Deer, and Bald Eagles, in their native environment allow for a quiet, peaceful, and relaxing get-away.

Lake Huron is beautiful, but it can be treacherous as well. The cold temperatures, winds and waves can sometimes make canoeing or kayaking dangerous, so take appropriate safety precautions. Be sure your equipment is in good condition and that you don't overestimate your skill level. It is best to go out with at least one other person, who can help you in case of emergency.