Virtual brochure and information for Castle Rock, one of many online travel brochures for tourist information in St. Ignace, MI. Provided by your source for Mackinaw Information and Mackinac Information.
P.O. Box 185
St. Ignace, MI 49781
Exit 348, 4 miles north of the Mackinac Bridge on Interstate 75 or 3 miles north of St. Ignace on Bus. Loop I-75.
Stop and climb world famous Castle Rock.
Experience the spectacular view from nature’s own lookout tower. A natural attraction.
Castle Rock rises almost 200 ft. above the surrounding area- like an ancient castle of the middle ages.
Excellent view of Mackinac Island, Lake Huron and the area.
Visit our large gift shop for souvenirs, T-shirts, gifts and local items.
Have your picture taken with Paul Bunyan and Babe, the Blue Ox.
Open 7 days a week – early May through mid-October.
Bus tours welcome!
Rising almost 200 feet above lake level, Castle Rock was the ancient lookout of the Ojibway Indians and was often referred to as Pontiac’s lookout. To climb to the top and look over the forests and waters of the Mackinac region is impressive. So is the feeling that through the centuries, many feet have stood in that same spot.
Soon after the arrival of the missionaries, voyageurs, and traders, came the lumbermen. With them came the legendary Paul Bunyan and Babe, his great blue ox, who was bigger than all outdoors. Many tales were told around the campfires and logger’s shacks – ‘tis said there was most nothin’ that Paul couldn’t do from harvesting the logs by the handful to scooping out the Great Lakes.
Above all, Paul Bunyan was the greatest lumberman. Seems when the mosquitos got pretty thick he would hit them on the head with his mighty sledge hammer, driving their beaks clean through the tree – then he’d clinch the end over. Well, those rascals would fly away – carrying the tree all the way to the sawmill.
‘Twas back in ’57 when the work was all done, Paul sat down to rest next to Castle Rock. Down came an arctic blast of air – colder ‘n’ blue blazes – froze Paul and Babe right on the spot. So cold in fact, they haven’t thawed out yet!
Well, things here at St. Ignace are not so different today. We’re not sure if Paul Bunyan helped, but the steelworkers have built a highway all the way across the five-mile Straits of Mackinac, connecting Michigan’s Upper and Lower Peninsulas. They call it the Mackinac Bridge.
So now as you travel in the Mackinac region, stop and visit Paul and his great blue ox, Babe. Climb to the top of Castle Rock and enjoy a visit to our fine gift and souvenir shop.