Pointe aux Barques is a private, gated community just east of Port Austin in Huron County, Michigan. It is located at the northern most point of the state’s “mitten”; often referred to as the “tip of the thumb”. In 1665 the French priest, Claude Allouez, named the area Pointe aux Barques for the rocky shoreline that resembled the prows of ships.
All land surrounding the rock formations of Turnip Rock and Thumbnail is privately owned by Pointe aux Barques and not accessible by foot or by vehicle. They can be seen from the water by boat or kayak. When
out on the lake, visitors should be alert to rapidly changing weather conditions and aware that there are no restrooms available. Always follow water safety regulations and “Leave no Trace” practices.