Shale Beach

Drummond Island, Michigan (Chippewa County)

Last Updated: 11/18/2020
5 / 5 ( 1 reviews )
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Typically Open: Year Round
Permit Information: Permit Required - Click Here
Length: 0.66 miles
Highest Elevation: 697 feet
Duration: About 29 minutes
Shape of Trail: Out & Back
Best Direction to Travel: N/A
Nearest Town: Drummond Island
Nearest Town w/ Services: Drummond Island
Official Road Name: Shale Beach
Management Agency: Michigan Department of Natural Resources
District: Drummond Island Management Area


Highlight: Shale Beach
Normally shale rock is sharp and jagged, but millions of years of natural waves against these shores have created nearly 2 miles of pebbled beach. The white round stones make a distinctive sound as the giant natural rock tumbler of waves rolls down the shoreline. This is a great place to stop for lunch or even camp as the views of Lake Huron and Canada are in the distance. The trail that is Shale Beach isn’t very long but shares traits from its neighbors. While it is mostly dirt throughout, it does have a spot with a deep mud pit and some rocks to be aware of. The trail to this isolated beach may not be that easy, but it is worth it.


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The trailhead for Shale Beach is on the east side of the end of Stone's Throw.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Drummond Island, Michigan

From the Drummond Island Visitor Center drive south on S Townline Rd towards M-134 W for 125 ft. Turn left onto E Johnswood Road and follow for 7 miles. Turn left onto Kreaton Road for 0.7 miles to Glen Cove Road and turn right. Travel for 6.7 miles to Marblehead Road. Take Marblehead Road to Waypoint 9 at 3.6 miles to the trailhead for Stone's Throw. Follow that for 0.8 miles to the trailhead on the right.



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JD Marshall

Mapping Crew - Colorado

Jen & JD moved to Colorado from Chicago in May of 2015 for work and brought with them a 2001 stock Jeep Wrangler that had been garage bound for two years. Within a month of arrival, all rusty 170,000 miles of it was shaking on Colorado trails and they've never stopped. As time as gone on, their 2001 TJ had to be traded and a 2015 Jeep JK has been added to the family. JD works as a Systems Engineer for a cable company and Jen runs a business from their home during the week to pay the bills. When the weekend hits, they're almost always hitting the trail. When Sunday night rolls around, the question turns to, 'so what's next week?!'.
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