Posted by: Kath Usitalo | June 22, 2012

Friday Freebie: Aerial Views of the U.P.

Bird’s eye view of Fayette, courtesy of Great Lakes Shoreviewer

If you’d like a bird’s eye view of the Upper Peninsula check out the very cool Great Lakes Shoreviewer that I came across while browsing the website of the Superior Watershed Partnership and Land Trust. Yes, that’s what I do in my spare time. It’s cheaper than golf.

The SWP is a non-profit organization located in Marquette that works to protect the watersheds and natural resources with a goal of improving the environment, economy and quality of life in the U.P. through conservation and educational programs.

The Shoreviewer “provides professional color photography of every inch of coastline (and many islands)” along Lakes Superior, Huron and Michigan. The images are free for the downloading, and you can also view and download maps that show the topography, wetlands, critical dunes and more for each location.

Tourist’s eye view of Fayette

The photo above is of Fayette Historic State Park, at the end of the Garden Peninsula in Delta County. The buildings are the remains of an iron smelting town that thrived in the 1880s.

To find a location with the Great Lakes Shoreviewer you’ll start at the default photo of the SWP office at Marquette’s Presque Isle Park on Lake Superior.

At that site you’ll click on the map of the coastline to explore an area, and scroll through with the arrows to see the shoreline. The Shoreviewer shows the latitude and longitude for each photo so if you’re looking for something very specific you can locate it more easily with that info.

Hours of fun!

Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, courtesy of Great Lakes Shoreviewer



  1. Cool! But I still would rather be golfing.

    • Ha-ha, I know! Wonder if there any golf courses along the coast?

  2. how about little love for the eastern U.P.?

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