This Week’s Got Cabin Fever Road Trip, Hunting Petoskey Stones

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Little Traverse Bay, Petoskey, MI — April  3, 2020

Over the last two weeks, The Lasco Press took you on Michigan road trips to the Blue Water Bridge in Port Huron and the Michigan Elk Herd outside of Gaylord. This week we will continue the series heading to Petosky searching for Petosky Stones on the shores of Little Traverse Bay.

Again we want to emphasize the importance of following stay safe practices. Escaping the boredom of sheltering in place, even for a few hours, is a refreshing break when done within the guidelines of Michigan’s Governor’s Executive Order.

Individuals may leave their home or place of residence, and travel as necessary:

1. To engage in outdoor activity, including walking, hiking, running, cycling, or any other recreational activity consistent with remaining at least six feet from people from outside the individual’s household.

Playing by the rules is important for all of us. Take this interruption in our regular routine to enjoy the sights Michigan has to offer in a virus-safe manner. Fill up the car, pack a lunch and see some of the amazing sights closeby in our state. “Social Distancing” is easy if you stay in your vehicle.

Petoskey

From Fenton, Petoskey is a three-hour drive north on Hwy 23 / I-75 to Vanderbilt Exit 290. Take a jog west on E Thumb Lake Rd to US-131 then head north to your destination. Traveling through the hill country of the northern lower peninsula the trees are beginning to bud giving the hillsides a faint glow of color. Some roadside snow still exists but nothing that interferes with travel.

According to petoskey.com, the city is nestled along the shores of Little Traverse Bay of Lake Michigan, in the northern lower peninsula of Michigan.

Petoskey and Little Traverse Bay / Lasco Press Photo

This beautiful resort community is steeped in history, Victorian architecture, and breathtaking views. Surrounded by the equally charming and historic communities of Harbor Springs and Charlevoix, the Petoskey area boasts unparalleled beauty and charm, offering residents and visitors alike the opportunity to unwind and enjoy nature at its finest.

 

Outside of town, on the lakeshore, there are several places you can begin your search. We started by heading west of town to find some lakeshore where the rocks were not boulders.

Little Traverse Bay / Lasco Press Photo

The bay is still cluttered with ice and the water temperature is frigid. Waterproof boots and gloves are a good thing to bring along. The banks near the water are sloped with shifting stones and walking is an effort to maintain your balance. The slope of the lake is very shallow so walking in the water is easier.

Looking for Petoskey stones is not difficult once your eyes adjust to the bottom structure of the lake. Finding them in the water is much easier than onshore. The distinct pattern fades quickly once the stones dry. The water is crystal clear, we only had to push a few pieces of ice out of the way.

 

Petoskey Stones / Lasco Press Photo
Lasco Press Photo

While it’s probably more fun to go Petoskey stone hunting in the summer, you don’t have to fight the crowds now. A virus-safe activity, have fun and good hunting.