The Buck Stops Here Travelling to Michigan’s Thumb


When I was first launching ThumbWind over five years ago  I was focused on the low water levels of the Great Lakes and the emerging Wind Energy development.However my readership was pretty low. This was my first post that highlighted something neat in the Thumb. Scott’s Quick Stop is great mid-way break if your driving toward the Detroit area. Ice Cream, Gas and Ammo, it’s a unique combination that seems to work. Here is a re-visit of a 2012 post.

Forty-five minutes into our trip back to Detroit from the shoreline of the upper thumb I find a need to stop.  We’ve found a convenient, quirky place to stretch your legs enjoy an ice cream and browse semi-automatic weapons. Scott’s Quick Stop is located north of Marlette on the corner of Van Dyke (M53) and Sanilac (M46) Roads. The truck stop sports a huge parking lot and always has a steady stream of cars. The main draw outside of gassing up is their ice cream. For a couple of bucks you can get two huge scoops on a real waffle cone. While your enjoying your cone you can also browse a huge sporting goods area with guns and ammo of every type. It’s an odd combination but somehow it works.

The other unique draw of Scott’s happens during opening day of deer season. You’ll notice “The Buck Pole” on the side parking lot. During opening day hunters from all over the thumb place their buck for display and compete of prizes. There has been several record setting bucks brought in to Scotts. In 2010 an 18 point was taken near Bad Axe with an unconfirmed score of 198.

So if you’re heading up to Cheeseburger in Caseville or coming back from a day at the beach its worth pulling in to Scott’s Quick Stop if only for a quick look around.


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