Michigan Copper and Iron History: May 3, 2011Presque Isle RiverKait Greathouse
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Nestled deep in a bank of Nonesuch Shale and bedrock the Presque Isle River empties into Lake Superior. The Nonesuch shale is important to the local geology due to it being the host rock to copper in many of the lodes in Michigan. Starting at the view of the Manido falls only a few hundred years from the mouth at Lake Superior there is a boardwalk that will take you to the optimal viewing areas for the falls and then guide you down to the mouth of the river. In order to cross the Presque Isle River you must cross over a suspension bridge straddling the ravine. It is an easy walk to the lake shore from there. The Presque Isle River is surrounded by old growth hard wood trees.

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This is a view of one of the falls on the Presque Isle River. There are two falls that are channeled into two other rivers. The falls gives a clear view of the bedrock of the area. The falls also impaired the logging industry due to the inability to transport the logs over the falls without jamming.-Ashley Holloway
This is a view of one of the falls on the Presque Isle River. There are two falls that are channeled into two other rivers. The falls gives a clear view of the bedrock of the area. The falls also impaired the logging industry due to the inability to transport the logs over the falls without jamming.-Ashley Holloway


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The Presque River slopes towards Lake Superior and was once one of the main means of transporting the natural resources out to sea. Water transportation was the most economical and most convenient form of transportation. Once the Soo Locks were built at the St. Mary’s River in 1855, the lower lakes could receive cargo from the mining industry without having to reload at the rough rapids. - Jeff Janofski

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In this image the strength of the river can be seen by the branch hanging down in the center of the screen, there is a circular cut-out in the rock along the river's edge. This river runs into Lake Superior along with many others. -Heather Bartels

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Above is portrayed the dynamism of the Baker Fall at the Presque Isle River located at Porcupine Mountains. Through the years the water intensity has built bedrocks, sediments, and waterfalls along along the river allowing it to finds its way t Lake Superior. - Judith Tellez-G

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The mouth of the Presque Isle River into Lake Superior from the state park. Jordan Harris


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Nawadaha and Manido Falls are both located in Presque Isle, it one of on my favorite stops and was by far one of the most beautiful places. - Joe Fuld