Fees & Reservations
All backpackers and kayakers camping overnight in the lakeshore must obtain a backcountry permit. Permits are available at the Interagency Visitor Center in Munising and the Grand Sable Visitor Center in Grand Marais (summer only). A user fee of $5 per person, per night is paid when you obtain your permit. There are no refunds.
Backcountry reservations are possible, but must be made at least 14 days in advance. The reservation fee is $15. Cash, check, Visa, and MasterCard cards are accepted. There are no refunds.
Campers staying at one of the lakeshore's three drive-in campgrounds will pay $14 per night. Lakeside sites at Twelvemile Beach Campground are $16 per night. Sorry, no reservations. Cash (U.S. currency) payment is preferred. There are no refunds.
Discounts (50%) are available for holders of the America The Beautiful Senior Pass and Access Pass (new in 2007) and the old Golden Age and Golden Access passes (2006 and prior).
There are no entrance fees at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. No fees are charged for day use.
Visitors to the Au Sable Light Station may enjoy the grounds year-round at no charge. From July 1 to Labor Day, a $3 fee (cash) is charged for a ranger-led tour of the double keepers quarters and light tower. The half-hour tour begins at the information station/bookstore.
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...