The waterfront in Naubinway will soon be home to a marker recognizing the Northernmost Point of Lake Michigan. Top of the Lake Communities Association (TOLCA) is completing a sculptural marker that will stand at the Garfield Township Marina to declare the distinction. Although the actual point is about tow miles west of town, the marina is the most accessible and scenic location for the marker.
TOLCA, a non-profit organization of volunteers that is dedicated to enhancing the community through events and a variety of other programs in the area, sees this claim to geographical fame as a point of pride and a way to celebrate Naubinway’s long history as a fishing village.
Located just off US-2, it will be an easy detour for motorists and bicyclists along the Top of the Lake Scenic Byway, and a nice stop for paddlers and boaters.
The Michigan map-shaped marker is being fabricated locally and will be dedicated in October, with the support of a mini-grant from Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs, a grant from the Graymont Community and Economic Fund, and donations from Cloverland Electric Cooperative and individuals. Additional funds are needed, and current and past residents — full time and seasonal — visitors, businesses, and other organizations are invited to be part of this project by donating to help with its completion.
Contribtuions of any amount are welcome at bit.ly/MichiganMarker (case sensitive), or by check to TOLCA, PO Box 132, Naubinway, MI 49762. Donors of $100 or more will be recognized at the TOLCA website, topofthelake.org. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.