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Castle Rock Lakefront Mackinac Trail Campground

2811 Mackinac Trail, St. Ignace, Michigan 49781 USA

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“also known as Pontiac's Lookout”

It is considered to be one of the oldest lookout points near the city of St. Ignace, and was known as "Pontiac's Lookout" by the Ojibwa Tribe. Clarence Eby opened Castle Rock for tourists in 1929, and it has remained a popular tourist destination ever since. Castle Rock rises an astonishing 195 feet above water level and about 183 feet above I-75. The summit of Castle Rock offers a scenic and inspiring view for up to 20 miles, featuring Mackinac Island, Lake Huron, downtown St. Ignace, and wildlife habitat. The lookout point is equipped with viewing binoculars for a truly spectacular view of the area. This is one attraction that is family friendly, pet safe* and, and not be missed.  

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August 03, 2015
Rated 5.0

We visited Castle Rock and made the climb - totally worth the effort and the $1 entry. The view from up top was wonderful, with forest and lake Huron sprawling out in front of you, and the Mackinac Bridge visible in the distance. As a bonus, you get to visit Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox, they sit at the base of the stairs.

When you come back, they will give you an "I climbed Castle Rock" sticker :) We thought it was pretty cute, and we felt we earned the sticker after all those stairs.

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September 25, 2021

Staff/Owners were exceptional. Campground needs some work. We arrived in a torrential rain. Huge puddles everywhere. Over the next couple of days, our site never dried out. Sites need additional gravel. Many mature trees and narrow roads make maneuvering a big rig difficult. I would not recommend this campground for big rigs. No WiFi. No cable.

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August 04, 2017
Rated 4.0

I took with me a 3yr. Old, 6, and 8 to this attraction by myself. Cost $4 ($1/ea.). It was neat...kiddos had to climb up a steep climb of steps to reach the top which was beautiful! A little nerve racking for momma due to high winds...but very cool and the kids loved it. We didn't get souvenirs as the one lady on staff was a touch rude...but maybe she she was having a bad day. Overall, worth the trip and cost effective for large family.

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June 21, 2017
Rated 4.0

Awesome view!!! it was well worth the $1 to go to the top. They even let the dog go with me. It is a bit on the rundown side but an awesome experience.

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October 13, 2016
Rated 5.0

loved this place. it is absolutely breathtaking views and a truly significant part of the history of Ojibwa and the history of the beautiful state of Michigan. A Must See!

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December 23, 2015
Rated 5.0

Fun quick little stop. $1.00 charge to climb to the top, but it is worth it. The view is gorgeous.

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Castle Rock Lakefront Mackinac Trail Campground

2811 Mackinac Trail
St. Ignace, Michigan
49781 USA

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