Grand Sable Dunes temporary closure to all public entry for visitor safety
Grand Sable Dunes are rapidly eroding into Sable Creek and Lake Superior. The area from the Ghost Forest Trail north to Lake Superior then along the shoreline to the west side of Sable Creek is temporarily closed. Follow closure signs for your safety. More »
NPS photo by Brenda St. Martin
An Act to establish in the State of Michigan the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, and for other purposes.
October 15, 1966
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is America's first national lakeshore. Three other national lakeshores were authorized in subsequent years.
On the same day, President Lyndon B. Johnson also signed into law another piece of landmark legislation -- the National Historic Preservation Act.
On October 6, 1972, ceremonies in Munising marked the establishment of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. To symbolically link the park's two gateway communities of Munising and Grand Marais, water and sand was poured from two glass containers into a third. Establishment of a national park site follows the acquisition of acreage within the park boundary.
NPS photo by Ed Lasich
Omnibus Parks and Public Lands Management Act of 1996
November 12, 1996
Section 460a-14 (page 14): Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Boundary Adjustment. Added former U.S. Coast Guard properties in Grand Marais, Michigan, to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
An Act to Establish the Lower East Side Tenement National Historic Site, and for other purposes.
November 12, 1998
Section 202 (page 4). Provisions for Roads in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Removed "scenic shoreline drive" and inserted "including appropriate improvements to Alger County Road H-58." Also added sentence prohibiting construction of scenic shoreline drive.
Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002
November 25, 2002
Section 437 (pages 67-68): Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Boundary Revision. Added the Munising Front and Rear Range Lights and auxiliary operations station to the boundary of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
NPS photo by Gregg Bruff
Omnibus Public Lands Management Act of 2009
March 30, 2009
Sections 1651-1654 (page 1042-1044) establish the Beaver Basin Wilderness within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. This wilderness includes approximately 11,740 acres within the current boundary of the national lakeshore.
Did You Know?
Mineral stains give color to the famous cliffs of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Red and orange colors are iron, black is manganese, white is limonite, and green is a trace of copper. There are no pictographs or petroglyphs on the Pictured Rocks cliffs (that we know of). More...