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The Fossil Ledges (Salt Water Fossils)The Fossil Ledges (Salt Water Fossils)
by Betty Bailey
If you just want to sight-see, the ideal order is: #1 Drummond Island Historical Museum,
#2 The Maxton Plains and #3 The Fossil Ledges (#3 is my favorite). To get to the Ledges you must have specific directions, we don’t want you to get lost or stray onto private property. Other points we ask you: are you mountain biking, hiking, or driving (We need to know about your car; 2-wheel drive, 4-wheel drive, high or low under frame.) We will not suggest you go to the Ledges if you do not have the proper transportation. Our desire is to have you enjoy your vacation on Drummond Island. The hard-packed gravel road can be rutted from winter snow melt or heavy spring rains. There is very little mud here, just sand and stones. We will caution you about driving through the wet ruts so you do not cut a tire on a stone or hit the bottom of your under frame. We know this sounds very dire, and cumbersome, but we want you to enjoy a great sight on our Island.
If you just want to sight-see, the ideal order is: #1 Drummond Island Historical Museum,
Photo by D. Sandell
 
First let’s get you started on your foray. From the Four Corners go east on Johnswood Road (2.25 miles), left onto Maxton Cross Road (1.5 miles), right onto Maxton Road (5.25 miles) to the Interpretive Signs for the Maxton Plains.
Photo by R. Dorman
First let’s get you started on your foray. From the Four Corners go east on Johnswood Road (2.25 miles), left onto Maxton Cross Road (1.5 miles), right onto Maxton Road (5.25 miles) to the Interpretive Signs for the Maxton Plains. At this point you have traveled 9 miles.  You will now be on a hard packed gravel road. At the Interpretive Signs turn right onto Plains Road (3.2 miles-the road was good to this junction). At this point bear left and go past Scott’s Camp (on your right), again bear left at the Raynolds Bay Road (at 4.1 miles on your odometer).  There will be a large swamp on your right. 
After Raynolds Bay Road and the swamp take the first right hand turn (6.0 miles on your odometer) onto a seldom used two track to the cobblestone parking area (.1 miles).  Park you bike or car and walk toward the beach (about 35 feet). You have arrived . We assure you the trip from the Interpretive Signs to the Ledges will take 45 minutes. The mileage from Four Corners to the Ledges is 15 miles. Let’s hope you saw many birds, deer, sandhill cranes and possibly a bear on this journey.
When you get on the Ledges beach turn right, go about 30 feet and look at the large limestone outcropping, up about 4 feet-find the five or six orange salt water fossils in the shape of fans. You can walk the beach for ¾ to one mile, look at all the broken stones, pick them up and see the many salt water plant and animal fossils. Another great feature is the rock ledges, stair-stepping out into the water. Watch your children and pets: this water drops off to 69 feet. 
 
Photo by D. Sandell
 
Take lots of pictures, and if you would, share them with the Visitor’s Center. To preserve this wonderful natural scene, please take pictures, not souvenirs. This is a place where kayakers can launch and inspect the ledges from the water.
Drummond Island Tourism Association
P.O.Box 200 Drummond Island, MI 49726
906-493-5245 or 800-737-8666
Email: drummondislandtourism@alphacomm.net


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