DescriptionPictured Rocks National Lakeshore extends 40 miles along Lake Superior from Grand Marais to Munising. The Pictured Rocks cliffs rise to 200 feet above the lake, a spectacular example of the erosive action of waves, wind and ice. The Grand Sable Dunes expose part of a glacial deposit up to 200 feet high. Five square miles of dunes that once edged an ancient predecessor of Lake Superior top the banks by another 100 feet. The area includes Beaver Basin Wilderness, an 11,740-acre area recently granted protection from development with the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009.
Lake Superior and the many inland lakes and streams harbor a variety of fish. Fishing is excellent in spring and fall; a Michigan license is required. Summer months offer sightseeing, camping, boating, swimming, hiking, picnicking, backpacking and a scenic boat ride along the Pictured Rocks.
Twenty-one miles of cross-country ski trails, abundant off-trail skiing and a yearly snowfall averaging 150 inches accommodate winter sports enthusiasts. Snowshoeing and ice fishing are popular activities.
Park rangers conduct campfire programs and guided walks in summer. Drive-in camping areas are at Hurricane River, Little Beaver Lake and Twelvemile Beach; roads to these areas are closed by snow from November through April. Backcountry, hike-in permits are required. Reservations are accepted 2 weeks in advance; the fee is $15. Upon arrival, the additional user fee is $5 per person, per night. The fee for drive-in camping is $14-$16 per night and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Phone (906) 387-3700.
The Hiawatha National Forest/Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Visitor Information Center, SR 28 and CR-H58 in Munising, is open daily 8-5, Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day; daily 9-4:30, day after Labor Day-Sept. 30; Mon.-Sat. 9-4:30, rest of year; phone (906) 387-3700. The Miners Castle Information Center at the end of Miners Castle Road is open daily 9-5, Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day. The Grand Sable Visitor Center, on CR-H58 1 mile west of Grand Marais, is open daily 9-5, Memorial Day weekend-Labor Day; Sat.-Sun. 9-5, May 1-Thurs. before Memorial Day and day after Labor Day-Oct. 31. Phone (906) 494-2660.
Park headquarters on Sand Point Road near Munising is open Mon.-Fri. 8-4:30. The park is open daily 24 hours. For more information phone (906) 387-3700.
Things to SeeAu Sable Light Station
Dunes and cliffs that tower above Lake Superior are the focal point of this shore, where recreation opportunities abound.