Father Marquette National Memorial

Straits State Park is home to the Father Marquette National Memorial, which honors the Jesuit priest who established Michigan's first permanent settlement. Today, Father Marquette is recognized as one of the great explorers of the North American continent. On a rise overlooking the Straits of Mackinac, the memorial pays homage to this 17th century missionary explorer and the meeting of French and Native American cultures. Visitors will also enjoy an outdoor interpretive trail, picnicking and a panoramic view of the Mackinac Bridge. The site is open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.


720 Church St. St. Ignace, MI 49781