• Indianhead Point stands tall along the Pictured Rocks. Photo copyright Craig Blacklock

    Pictured Rocks

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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Enabling Legislation

Indianhead Point stands proudly as a prominent feature along the Pictured Rocks cliffs.

Indianhead Point

NPS photo by Brenda St. Martin

Public Law 89-668 (pdf - 4 pages)
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.

Former U.S. Coast Guard properties in Grand Marais, Michigan, were added to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in 1996.

Grand Marais Coast Guard Station

NPS photo by Ed Lasich

Public Law 104-333 (pdf - 189 pages)
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.

Visitor drives on a recently paved portion of Alger County Road H-58.

Alger County Road H-58 near Grand Marais

NPS photo

Public Law 105-378 (pdf - 4 pages)
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.

The Munising Front and Rear Range Lights and Auxiliary Station were added to Pictured National Lakeshore in 2002.

Munising Front Range Light and Auxiliary Station

NPS photo

Public Law 107-295 (pdf - 172 pages)
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.

Solitude at the Beaver Basin may mean a maple tree, a small green meadow, or the shore of a pond.

Beaver Basin Wilderness

NPS photo by Gregg Bruff

Public Law 111-11 (pdf - 466 pages)
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.

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Did You Know?

Mineral seepage creates the vibrant colors shown on this close-up photo of the Pictured Rocks cliffs.

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...