guests often see and photograph interesting sights on
Rowleys Bay during their stay here. We invite you to
email us your favorite photos
to our Rowleys Bay album. Whether it’s the fish that
didn’t get away, an unusual flower, a sunset or sunrise,
a bird or a beast, we’d love to see it here with your
Rowleys Bay Resort is situated on 100 secluded acres
dominating a pristine, undeveloped bay on Lake Michigan.
To the northwest lies the Mink River, one of the few
unspoiled estuaries in the Great Lakes system. Bordered
by protected Nature Conservancy property, the river
flows through coniferous swamps, a large marsh and
empties into Lake Michigan at Rowleys Bay. On a boat,
canoe or kayak trip, you'll see blue-joint grass,
willow, dogwood, alder shrubs, bulrush, wild rice,
cattails, bur-reed, water lilies, red osier, dwarf lake
iris and dune thistle. The north side of Rowleys Bay is
bordered by Newport State Park, with Sand Bay Park
providing a southern border, accessible via the resort's
five miles of hiking trails.
Birders can enjoy four-season bird watching on the Mink
River Estuary and the resort's never-frozen bay. An
estimated 200 species pass through annually, including
bitterns, great blue herons, black-crowned night herons,
sedge wrens, yellow rails, northern harriers, marsh
hawks, blue-winged teal, loons, black ducks,
red-breasted mergansers, swans, sandhill cranes and bald
eagles. On any given day you will see a variety of birds
using the bay as a landing strip.
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