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Experience Your Lakeshore Program

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Date: August 3, 2006
Contact: Jim Northup, 906-387-2607
Contact: Brenda St. Martin, 906-387-2607

Overlooking Chapel Lake on a lovely autumn day.
Chapel Lake in autumn
NPS photo

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Superintendent Jim Northup announced today the park’s first ever “Experience Your Lakeshore Program” designed specifically for the local community.

The program will be conducted on five consecutive Friday afternoons from 1 p.m. until approximately 5:30 p.m., beginning on September 8. 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 23.

Similar to programs operated in several other national parks, the Experience 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 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 turnout.”

If you are interested in participating, please contact Brenda St. Martin at Park Headquarters at 906-387-2607 no later than Friday, September 1. Space is limited.

Did You Know?

The former Grand Marais Coast Guard Station now serves as a Ranger Station at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

When the 729-foot freighter S.S. Edmund Fitzgerald went down on November 10, 1975, the last land-based communication to the ship was from the Grand Marais Coast Guard Station. This station and the Munising USCG Station are now managed by Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. More...