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Sanilac Shores Underwater Preserve

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Nearest city  Port Sanilac
Sanilac Shores Underwater Preserve
Location  Lake Huron, Sanilac County, Michigan USA
Area  163 square miles (420 km)
Governing body  Michigan Department of Natural Resources
Management  Michigan Department of Natural Resources

Sanilac shores underwater preserve

The Sanilac Shores Underwater Preserve was established to promote conservation of the submerged historical resources in Lake Huron near Port Sanilac, Michigan. The Sanilac Shores Underwater Preserve spans a total of 163 square miles (420 km2) of Lake Huron. The Michigan Underwater Preserve Council oversees activities relating to all of Michigan's Underwater Preserves.


The preserve is open to scuba divers.


Port Sanilac was originally a lumberjack settlement on the shore of Lake Huron named "Bark Shanty Point." In 1857 the village was renamed to Port Sanilac, as it is in Sanilac County and Sanilac Township, Michigan. Local legend attributes the name to a Wyandotte Indian Chief named Sanilac. Local landmarks include the Port Sanilac lighthouse (burning kerosene from its opening in 1886 until its electrification in 1924) and a twenty-room Victorian mansion (now a museum) built in 1850 by a horse-and-buggy doctor, Dr. Joseph Loop. There are numerous shipwrecks located near Port Sanilac.


Sanilac Shores Underwater Preserve Wikipedia

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