Presque Isle Park – “Black Rocks Cliff”

Job 11:12 – “But a witless man can no more become wise than a wild donkey’s colt can be born a man.”

At "Black Rocks Cliff", Presque Isle Park

Naivety is one of the few escapes we have from discontent. Or, perhaps it is more of a shield than an escape… I grew up less than 2 hours from Presque Isle Park, and not once (in 23 years) did I ever desire to go. Why? I’d never heard of it. “Blissful incognizance” is my personal definition of naivety. I don’t know who coined the phrase “One half the world does not know how the other half lives,” but I think the truthfulness of that statement is as embarrassing as it is eye-opening. But I digress…

From the drive around Presque Isle Park...

The day I finally made it to Presque Isle Park was a day when a little smudge of blissful incognizance was washed away by Lake Superior’s refreshing waters. Turns out, Presque Isle is pretty neat. I’m sure the geologically-inclined would appreciate the rock formations better than I, but the spectacular views, cliffs, and preserved nature are something I definitely know how to appreciate. Oh, there’s a pretty nice spot for jumping in as well… Actually, there is a small parking area and foot trails heading out to the open, craggy rock formations. On a nice day the parking lot will be full, hikers will seem to be everywhere, and a large crowd will be gathered near the cove/cliff. The water is plenty deep for jumping or diving, and the cliff can easily be scaled on the return from the water.

The cove at Black Rocks Cliff

Brett, left. Bro-in-law, right. Brett has a knack for looking really cool in pictures.

It was a beautiful day.

Presque Isle, "Black Rocks Cliff"

I didn’t spend enough time at Presque Isle Park to fully appreciate it, but I had my fun jumping into Lake Superior – which was my objective… Be sure to check out the shoreline viewer and these Photos of Presque Isle Park from LakeSuperiorPhoto.com

4 responses to “Presque Isle Park – “Black Rocks Cliff”

  1. Gowtham says:

    Looks like a fun spot – heard of it on more than a handful of occasions. Definitely on my list of things to do in Summer ’10 🙂

  2. Amy says:

    Made my jump on Thursday. It was only 70 outside and according to the web Lake Superior was only 42. Because this was on my list of must do activities, I knew that I had to do it. When we got there, I told my ten year old daughter not to touch the water because if she felt how cold it was then she wouldn’t jump in. When we got to the top of the rocks, it was a lot higher then it looked from the beach. I kept looking at the water and wondering if this was such a good idea because the water was so clear that you could see the rocks on the bottom and I kept thinking I was going to hit one. Luckily there was this nice man who told me that he had been jumping there his whole life and there is no way that I would hit bottom. I crept to the side and just jumped! It was so cold that it was hard to breath and all I kept thinking was that I had to get out of the water. Once I was out, it took my body like 10 minutes to stop shaking. Totally worth the excitement of jumping just wish the water would have been a little warmer. I’m sure its better later in the summer=)

    • Nils Markus Stenvig says:

      Wow. Congratulations. The lake is always “cold” to many people, and many people decide not to swim. The water is never “cold” – only one’s perception of the water can be cold! 😉 Surface temperatures, however, during the early summer are typically in the low to mid 50’s near the shore and low to mid 40’s farther out. Later in August, the temperatures rise across the lake, but only into the upper 50’s or lower 60’s. The lake becomes thermally stratified during the summer, and turns over in the fall. Depending on when the turnover occurs, surface temps can get pretty high… like they did last year in the upper 60’s and low 70’s!

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