French for “nearly an island,” Presque Isle is a seven-mile strip of land thrusting itself into Lake Erie. The Eriez Indians held that the sweeping curve of Presque Isle was the left are of the Great Spirit extending across the waters to protect them.
Today, the peninsula, as local residents call it, is home to Presque Isle State Part and a remarkable array of plan, animal, bird, and aquatic life. More than 4 million people visit the park each year to swim, fish, hike, bike, bird watch and more.
Exciting things happen here on this compact spit of land. Waves crash on sandy beaches, constantly changing the shoreline. Herons fish in still marshes. Turtles sun themselves in beautiful lagoons. Whitetail deer and coyote slip soundlessly through old-growth forests.