Sand Point Beach is a popular destination within Picture Rocks National Lakeshore in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. With its white sands, shallow water, and panoramic view of Munising Bay, it is a great spot for walking and watching the sunset. Swimmers often find the shallow water bay warmer than other lakeshore beaches.

Sand Point Beach is located about four miles northeast of Munising, Michigan, at the end of Sand Point Road. In 2007 The Weather Channel named Sand Point Beach as one of the 'Top Five Summer Beaches in America."

A short walk down the beach to the east is a former United States coast guard station. This historic station operated from 1933 to 1960. In 1966 it was donated to the Picture Rocks National Lakeshore and today serves as the park headquarters.

As my daughter and I walked along the beach in front of the coast guard station we found the tattered wooden remains of an unknown boat wreck. My photographer side was delighted I had brought along my camera at the same time my fiction writer side was captivated.  I could not help but wonder what the history was of the lonely wooden wreck. Who was the owner? What was the story of the boat's demise? Were lives lost? We will never know.


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