Top Five Marquette County Beaches

With the sun working shorter nights and longer days and the snow slowly melting away, it is safe to say, beach season is finally on its way! From the sandy shores of McCarty’s Cove’s to the volcanic bluffs of Black Rocks, when it comes to beaches Marquette County has Superior coverage. Here are five of our favorite Marquette County gems; so what are you waiting for? Set up your umbrella and towel, and soak it all in.

McCarty’s Cove

Among the most popular of Marquette beaches is McCarty’s Cove. See that expansive view of Lake Superior and the big bright red Harbor Light House right there? Yeah, that’s why. Throw in some volleyball nets and lifeguard supervision during high season, and you’ve pretty much just guaranteed yourselves a good, safe time for all.

Warning: Picnic Rocks sure may look close and pretty, but in reality, the dangerous rip currents challenge even the strongest swimmers. We absolutely advise that you DO NOT try to swim out to the rock.


South Beach

Located south of downtown Marquette, where the big lake begins its long, graceful curve out to the east, South Beach is a popular summertime destination for families. The area is monitored by lifeguards on most summer days, and the shallow shelf extending out from the shore is great for supervised wading.

The beach itself is one of the county’s broadest and flattest beaches, making it perfect for stretching out in the sun. And it offers great views of Marquette’s southern hills and downtown Marquette’s skyline, not to mention the endless horizon of Lake Superior.

Little Presque Isle Beach

Head about 15 minutes northwest of Marquette, just off Big Bay Road, and you’ll find yourself at Little Presque Isle Beach. Despite its relative convenience, it’s definitely the most secluded beach on this list — perfect for a leisurely day or evening by the water. If you’re looking to chill out by the water this is definitely the coolest spot, plus there’s a ton great hiking to do right around the area.


Black Rocks Beach

True to its name, Black Rocks Beach is located near the famed Black Rocks formation on Presque Isle’s west side. The beach itself is only a few dozen feet wide, with several-story bluffs blocking access on both sides. But it’s the best place to prepare for an excursion — and, if you’re feeling brave enough, you can even jump from — the Black Rocks themselves.

 Au Train Beach

Located about 25 minutes from Marquette, Au Train Beach is noted for its dramatic onshore scenery and endless water views. Au Train arguably has the best set of dunes in the entire central U.P. and is also super-convenient to reach by car: It’s literally visible from M-28, which is crowded with parked cars on nice summer days.