Our Newest Sanctuary: Thunder Bay
Designated in 2000, Thunder Bay is our newest national marine sanctuary. Located in the cold waters of Lake Huron along the shores of Northern Michigan, the sanctuary is adjacent to one of the most treacherous stretches of water within the Great Lakes system. Fire, ice, collisions and storms have claimed over 200 vessels in and around Thunder Bay. In 2014, the sanctuary expanded to 10 times its original size, from 448 square miles to 4,300 square miles. As the Great Lakes only national marine sanctuary, Thunder Bay protects one of the United States’ best-preserved and nationally-significant collections of shipwrecks.