Presque Isle County (pop. 13,376) is along Lake Huron, east of Cheboygan County.
Presque Isle (“presk-EEL”) means “almost an island” in French. The county got its name from the area between Grand Lake and Lake Huron, which has narrow strips of land connecting it to the mainland at both ends.
The county seat of Presque Isle County is Rogers City (pop. 2,827), historically an important port on Lake Huron.
Rogers City has the world’s largest open-pit limestone quarry; it is operated by Michigan Limestone and Chemical Company.
West of Rogers City is Onaway, “The Sturgeon Capital of Michigan.” In the Onaway area are large metal busts of Presidents Washington, Lincoln, and Ford.
Onaway built a courthouse building in 1908 in hopes of becoming the county seat. The building now houses city offices and a library.
The village of Posen (pop. 234), where the majority of the population is of Polish descent, has an annual Potato Festival.
Presque Isle County has several historic lighthouses; the Forty Mile Point Light dates from 1897.
Ocqueoc Falls State Forest has the largest (and possibly only) waterfall in the Lower Peninsula.
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