Lauren Castle (Photo via Roger LeLievre)
Shipwrecks of Grand Traverse Bay: Lauren Castle

Grand Traverse Bay is home to dozens of known shipwrecks, spanning from the early 1800s to the late 1900s. Now a popular vacation area in Michigan, the bay was once a hub for commerce and maritime trade—and like most trade routes, this one has a storied past.

10 Spectacular Saginaw Restaurants That You Must Visit in 2022 

Tired of Googling where to find your next bite to eat in Saginaw? With so many great dining options in the city, that search can be particularly time consuming. So, save yourself the effort, bookmark this page, and make your next meal a winning one.

Divers explore the Eagle off the coast of Northport near Traverse City. (Chris Roxburgh via Facebook)
Shipwrecks of Grand Traverse Bay: The Eagle

Grand Traverse Bay is home to dozens of known shipwrecks, spanning from the early 1800s to the late 1900s. Now a popular vacation area in Michigan, the bay was once a hub for commerce and maritime trade—and like most trade routes, this one has a storied past.

The Sanilac Petroglyphs Historic State Park
This historic park was donated to the state by the Michigan Archaeological Society in 1971, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Photo: michigan.org
You Can Visit These 1,000-Year-Old Native American Carvings in Michigan’s Thumb

There's an eagle man, Migizi Inini, who looks eastward toward the new day, and Mishibizhew the water panther, who protects the Great Lakes. There are also Anishinaabeg handprints, swirling lines, and etchings of other people and animals. There are even dotted lines pointing directly north and south, which were carved during a time when navigation could only be done from the stars. 

Revelers dance around a maypole at the Michigan Renaissance Festival.
Aaron Meets a Cast of Characters in His Quest To Find Out: What’s the Deal with Renaissance Festivals?

"I had never been to a renaissance festival before, so on a sunny late-summer weekend, I thought I’d check it out. I had so many questions: Should I wear a costume? How many people go to these things? Would I fit in at a place like this?"

Divers explore the A.J. Rogers—or at least what's left of it—off the coast of the Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City. (Grand Traverse Bay Underwater Preserve via gtbup.org)
Shipwrecks of Grand Traverse Bay: The A.J. Rogers

Grand Traverse Bay is home to dozens of known shipwrecks, spanning from the early 1800s to the late 1900s. Now a popular vacation area in Michigan, the bay was once a hub for commerce and maritime trade—and like most trade routes, this one has a storied past.

This image of The Charles Frank was taken by dipping a camera underwater from the surface. (Chris Roxburgh via Facebook)
Shipwrecks of Grand Traverse Bay: The Charles Frank

Grand Traverse Bay is home to dozens of known shipwrecks, spanning from the early 1800s to the late 1900s. Now a popular vacation area in Michigan, the bay was once a hub for commerce and maritime trade—and like most trade routes, this one has a storied past.