• The tower of the Au Sable Light Station against a summer blue sky. Photo © Craig Blacklock

    Pictured Rocks

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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Fees & Reservations

 
Mosquito River empties into Lake Superior at this pristine beach.
Mosquito Beach on Lake Superior
NPS photo
 
Backcountry Camping
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.
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Drive-In Camping
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).
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Entrance Fee
There are no entrance fees at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. No fees are charged for day use.
 
Guided Tours
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?

The Grand Sable Dunes are located just west of Grand Marais, Michigan, in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

The Grand Sable Dunes are a federally designated Research Natural Area. The five square miles of dunes are an unusual glacial kame terrace with overlying dunes caused by fluctuating lake levels over the centuries. The dunes are located in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, near Grand Marais, Mich. More...