• Autumn colors along Chapel Beach on a sunny fall day.

    Pictured Rocks

    National Lakeshore Michigan

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • 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 »

Discover Your Lakeshore

Subscribe RSS Icon | What is RSS
Date: August 8, 2007
Contact: Jim Northup, 906-387-2607 ext. 202

The 2006 participants of the Experience Your Lakeshore program pause for a photo in front of the Au Sable light tower.
2006 Discover Your Lakeshore participants
NPS photo by Ed Lasich
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Superintendent Jim Northup announced today the park’s second annual “Discover Your Lakeshore" program designed specifically for the local community.

The program will be conducted on five consecutive Thursday afternoons from 12:30 until approximately 5:30 p.m., beginning on September 6. Over the course of the five week program, participants will visit key locations in the park, will receive formal presentations on park operations and issues by key park staff, and participate in a variety of fun hands-on activities. Participants are requested to participate in the full program. An optional all-day hike into the park’s backcountry with the superintendent will be offered to program participants on Saturday, September 29, which is also National Public Lands Day.

Similar to programs operated in several other national parks, the Discover Your Lakeshore Program is intended to provide an opportunity for local community, civic, and business leaders to spend quality time in the park, learn more about the park’s natural and cultural resources, gain a better understanding of park operations and issues, and have some fun!

“As members of the Alger County Community, we want and need our partners and neighbors to understand and appreciate what the park has to offer and means to the area, and this is a great way for all of us to get to know each other, and each other’s concerns better,” Northup said. “This is part of our on-going effort to reach out to the local community, and we really hope to get a good turn-out again this year. About 25 local individuals participated in last year’s program and we considered it a great success.”

If you are interested in participating, please contact Brenda St. Martin at Park Headquarters at 906-387-2607, ext. 201, no later than Friday, August 31. Space is limited.

Did You Know?

Bear claw scars on the smooth bark of an American beech tree.

Bear claw marks can be seen on the trunks of American beech trees because the bark is so smooth. Bears climb trees for safety and to eat beech nuts. The non-native beech bark disease is sweeping through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, killing many beech trees. Trees scarred with bear claw marks will be harder to find. More...