The Rock Golf Course
Drummond Island Realty
Fort Drummond
Drummond Island - CulturalCultural

By James G. Kelley

 

Parking and launching:  Any resort or campground on North Shore.

Distance one way:  

This is full length of area indicated as Cultural on Map.  4.8 miles

Level: Beginner

 

At the west end of the area marked cultural, you will find the Drummond Island Yacht Haven.  This is a good launch site, with parking, restrooms and marine supplies. From here you can walk a short distance to the Drummond Island Historical Museum; its log construction and original old fort chimney make it a “must-stop” for historians.  Across the street is the Betsy Seaman Memorial Park, also a location where you can park, rest and eat your picnic lunch at the convenient tables.  The Museum is open Early May to Mid October 1 to 5 p.m. Seven days a week.

Across the street is the Betsy Seaman Memorial Park, also a location where you can park, rest and eat your picnic lunch at the convenient tables.  The Museum is open Early May to Mid October 1 to 5 p.m. Seven days a week.
 Photo By D. Sandell

If you are traveling west to east by boat, hug the shoreline; it will lead you passed many summer homes, cottages, small Islands, and anglers trying to catch the fish of the day. These Islands and land along the shore are nearly all privately or resort owned with very few public access points.  However, along this shore you will find the cottage and resort areas that have made Drummond Island so very appealing to visitors since the late ‘30s and early’40s.  Many of the cottages are rentals and/or summer resorts with great access, by land or water.  Guests at these resorts have the best of two worlds:  an awesome panoramic view of Potagannissing Bay; and boating access to the water.  Heading east you will come to Maxton Bay and the mouth of the Potagannissing River.  You will find excellent cottage and rental accommodations to the very end.  On your way you will pass a boathouse at the end of a long pier once owned by T.M. Reinheart, an oil executive, and then by Tom Monaghan, once owner of Domino’s Pizza and the Detroit Tigers.  This boathouse is the signal you have arrived at the Drummond Island Resort and Conference Center.  Park at the beach in front and walk up the hill to Bay Side Restaurant and bar.  The food is excellent and the view is fantastic.  After dinner ask the waitress how to find the Frank Lloyd Wright inspired out door chapel.  If you are lucky enough to be in the area at sunset set out on the deck with your favorite drink in-hand and enjoy.  It doesn’t get any better than this!

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