Can You Climb Turnip Rock?


Turnip Rock has been deemed one of the Amazing Rock Formations in America by CNN. Indeed it's one of the most photographed attractions in the Upper Thumb. However, the unique rock formation is located on private land and considered part of the Pointe Aux Barques cottage community. 

Access to Turnip Rock is only available as a guest of a member of the Pointe Aux Barques community or if you access by water with a kayak or canoe. That being said you must stay in the water or right along the edge of the water.   

As soon as you attempt to climb up the famous rock or its equally favorite neighbor the "thumbnail" your trespassing on private property. Even worse is that the entire formation is subject to extreme conditions and has a tendency to weather, crumble, and fall apart. Climbing will undoubtedly cause some minor, but real damage. It would quickly add up if everyone did it. You will likely end up arrested and having to spend some time in Bad Axe at the county jail. Which would blow up your good time. 

It is best to follow Leave No Trace principles as a good steward of the environment. Besides the real trick is to get a great shot of the formation at sunrise or sunset. 

To find out how to get to this formation check out Paddling to Turnip Rock - Five Things to Know on ThumbWind. 


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Michigan Wind Farms



Michigan Wind Farm Stats

As of June 2018, Michigan has a total of 1,051 operational turbines. Plans underway show a total of 1,084 turbines becoming operational in 2018.

Michigan ranks 14th in the nation for installed wind turbines. There are at least 26 manufacturing facilities in Michigan producing components for the wind industry.

DTE Energy ranked 7th in the nation for utility ownership of wind power capacity in 2017.

See the Michigan Interactive Wind Farm Map available on Thumbwind

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Mystery Holes at Rush Lake

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One area that fascinated us was a deep pool of water cut out of the sandstone at the end of Quarry Road. It was larger than the size of two Olympic swimming pools. We threw rocks into it and tried to figure out how deep the water was. We typically got chased out by some irritated neighbor or got bored and went to explore something else. Other than the name of the street, no one knew anything about that deep pool at the end of the road.

Find out the rest of the story at ThumbWind.



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Brenke Fish Ladder in Lansing Michigan

Brenke Fish Ladder
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A fish ladder, also known as a fishway, provides an easy route for migrating fish past a particular obstruction on the river. Designs vary depending on the obstruction, river flow, and species. The ladder contains a series of ascending pools that are reached by swimming against a stream of water. Fish leap through the cascade of rushing water, rest in a pool, and then repeat the process until they are out of the ladder.

The Brenke Fish Ladder was built in 1981 to help fish swimming up the Grand River pass the dam without injury. The fish ladder is a peaceful place to visit along the river and you can always catch fishermen along the riverside of the ladder catching catfish, carp, sunfish, and other smaller species of fish that inhabit the Grand River.


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