Florida International University professor Steven Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, has released his first Great Lake Beaches list. Leatherman has been ranking U.S.beaches for 21 years. This year he decided to expand his list to include non-ocean beaches. Leatherman has received countless emails over the years from fans of Great Lakes beaches to include them.
Leatherman received 30 nominations for best Great Lakes beaches. The winners were:
- Sleeping Bear Dunes, Michigan
- Presque Isle State Park, Erie
- Sand Point Beach, Michigan
- Bayfield Beach, Ontario
- Oak Street Beach, Chicago
To learn more about Dr. Beach and see the ocean beach list, click here:
Presque Isle State Park is a natural wonder. The seven mile peninsula includes 11 primary swimming areas, hiking, biking, kayaking and fishing, lighthouses, the Perry Monument and the Gull Point wildlife preserve (bird watching). Presque Isle is accessible from the city of Erie by a paved road which runs through most of the park. At the entrance to the park is the Tom Ridge Environmental Center (great for kids and adults). It’s an amazing place!