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Castle Rock Paul Bunyan and Babe.
Babe the Blue Ox and Paul Bunyan bask in early morning rays.

Paul Bunyan and Babe - Castle Rock

Field review by the editors.

St. Ignace, Michigan

Castle Rock is an abrupt, geologic protuberance just north of the Mackinac Bridge on Michigan's Upper Peninsula. In 1929 the nearly 200-foot-high column of limestone was augmented with a man-made ramp and walkway to provide paying tourists a climb for a claimed 20-mile view of Lake Huron and distant Mackinac Island.

Castle Rock Curios sign.

At the base of the Castle Rock lookout is an amusing Paul Bunyan statue accompanied by his sidekick, Babe the Blue Ox, who for some reason is sticking out his tongue. This Bunyan is rare. Instead of standing, ready to deforest Michigan, Paul sits, staring googly-eyed towards the lake. It doesn't take much imagination to complete the visual that Paul is halfway through one of his mighty bowel movements.

Paul and Babe are surrounded by a low hurricane fence, to discourage lap monkeys. The statue and lookout are accessed via Castle Rock Curios, a gift shop with a classic neon sign out front and loads of souvenirs to salve that Upper Peninsula itch.

Also see: Paul Bunyan: Friend or Foe?

Paul Bunyan and Babe - Castle Rock

N2690 Castle Rock Rd, St. Ignace, MI
I-75 exit 348. West side of the road, at the base of Castle Rock.
Castle Rock stairway open May-Oct. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
$1 to climb Castle Rock.
RA Rates:
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