Chapel Road is flooding in a few places. For the 3.5 miles northwest of H58 the road is only passable with a four-wheel drive, high clearance vehicle. All other vehicles are sure to be stuck. With the wintery forecast, conditions will deteriorate.
Interagency Visitor Center schedule
The interagency visitor center in Munising will close at 1:30 p.m. on December 23 and 24. The visitor center will be closed on December 25 and January 1.
Glaciers / Glacial Features
During the Pleistocene epoch, ice sheets of all four North American glacial stages advanced and retreated through the area. The Valders advance, one of the last substages of the Wisconsinan glacial period, wiped the surface clean and left only its record about 12,000 years ago. A brief re-advance of ice, the Marquette substage, occurred 10,000 years ago in northern Upper Michigan.
For more information...
Lakeshore Geology site bulletin (pdf)
Grand Sable Dunes Research Natural Area site bulletin (pdf)
Understanding Ancient Shorelines in the National Parklands of the Great Lakes, Pictured Rocks Resource Report, William L. Blewett, PhD., Shippensburg University (pdf)
NPS Nature & Science, Geological Resources Division: geology fieldnotes webpage for Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Did You Know?
On October 6, 1972, ceremonies in Munising marked the establishment of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, America's first national lakeshore. To symbolically link the park's two gateway communities of Munising and Grand Marais, water was poured from two glass containers into a third. More...