Some Parts of Presque Isle Off-Limits

It's that time of the year when a small bird affects recreation on some parts of Presque Isle State Park.

The Great Lakes species of the Piping Plover is listed as a federal endangered species and at one time was spotted nesting on Presque Isle.

Because of that, some areas of the park are designated as critical habitat for the Piping Plover, and that means those areas are off limits to humans.

Assistant Park Manager Dorothy Krupka told us, "The US Fish and Wildlife Service has worked with park officials and game commissioners staff to designate an area that actually runs from the lighthouse to Sunset Point to Beach 10 and around Gull Point that are habitat for the Piping Plover if they return to establish nests."

The tip of Gull Point will be off-limits to visitors to the park and boating activities from April 1st to November 30th in case the Piping Plover returns to nest.

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