What is Drummond Island?
Drummond Island, one of the largest islands in Lake Huron, can be found just off of M-134, on the east side of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Actually, that’s a little misleading, because Drummond Island is in fact an island. You just take the 134 to De Tour on the east coast of the U.P., hop on (with your car) one of the Eastern Upper Peninsula Transportation Authority (EUPTA) ferrys: the SS Drummond Islander, the SS Drummond Islander III or the SS Drummond Islander IV, and you’re there. It turns out that getting there is the easy part – the hard part is deciding which of the seemingly endless list of awesome things you’re going to do first.
North of Drummond is Harbor Island National Wildlife Refuge. An untouched morsel of natural perfection, Harbor Island is comprised of a variety of habitats from marsh, sandy beaches and even old growth oak forests. The 695 acre refuge is “boots only.” There are no motorized vehicles allowed and you cannot stay on the island. It is only open to the public during daylight hours. You can however camp on neighboring Mare and Cedar islands, provided you have a state camping permit (readily available at the Drummond Island Tourism Office).
Michigan’s Ultimate Playground
Often referred to as “Michigan’s Ultimate Playground,” the options for things to do on Drummond Island, our country’s second largest freshwater island, are seemingly endless: camping, hunting, fishing, golf, canoeing/kayaking, over 40 miles of full size ORV trails (and winner of the 2010 BF Goodrich Outstanding Trail Award), scuba diving and snorkeling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, dog sled races, snowmobiling and even access to Canada via the ice bridge, are just some of the things you’ll find there.
And although not exactly an activity, another attractive facet of the playground is Drummond Island’s rich history. There are 17 shipwrecks to be explored, some dating back to the 19th century.
Things you may not know about Drummond Island:
1. It was named after a Canadian: Gordon Drummond.
2. There are 34 inland lakes (on an island of only 249 square miles).
3. It’s totally awesome year-round.
To find more things you may not know or just additional information, check out Drummond Island on Facebook!
~ Nathan Smathers, Feature Writer