Shelldrake

Name:

Shelldrake

County:

Chippewa

Zip Code:

 

Latitude / Longitude:

46°40’40″N 85°02’01″W

Elevation:

 

Time Zone:

Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)

Comments:

Shelldrake is a ghost town in Whitefish Township, Chippewa, Michigan, United States, about 8 miles (13 km) south of Whitefish Point, Michigan at the mouth of the Shelldrake River (also known as the Betsy River) on Whitefish Bay. It is listed on the Michigan Historic Register. Prior to European settlement it supported a seasonal Native American fishing village. In the 1890s and early 1900s, it was a thriving sawmill town during peak logging years on the Tahquamenon River watershed.

Remains:

 

Established:

1880s

Disestablished:

1920s

Current Status:

By the 1920s repeated fires and the decline of lumbering led to its demise. Today it is a privately owned ghost town with only a few weathered, original buildings.

Remarks:

Take M-123 to Paradise to the intersection with Whitefish Point Road, continue straight on Whitefish Point Road for 3.7 miles (6.0 km), turn right on Superior Drive, travel 0.1 miles (0.16 km) to first curve, park and walk right/south on the trail intersecting Superior Drive for approximately 300 feet (91 m). The historic buildings and state marker are on the right of the trail facing Whitefish Bay.