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

    Pictured Rocks

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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Guided Tours

Visitors and ranger at the Au Sable Light Station.

Visitors at the Au Sable Light Station

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Au Sable Lighthouse Guided Tours

Au Sable Light Station tours are scheduled Wednesday through Sunday, June 7, 2014, through September 20, 2013. No tours on Monday and Tuesday. Saturday, September 20, is Au Sable Day.

Update for October 2014 -- Lighthouse guided tours will continue until October 15.

Tour times are 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., and 4:30 p.m.

The 30-40 minute Park Ranger guided tour begins at the lighthouse front porch. Check with the Ranger for the next tour time. Tour fee is $3 for those 6 and older. Correct change is greatly appreciated.

Lighthouse visitors are reminded that the area includes very sandy soils, narrow sidewalks, and only the boathouse is accessible at ground level. The other buildings require climbing steps.

To reach the Au Sable Light Station, take the trail east from the Hurricane River Campground. It is a three mile round trip hike. Bicycles and pets are not permitted.
Park Ranger aboard the Pictured Rocks Cruises

Park Ranger on the Pictured Rocks Cruises

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Summer Interpretive Programs - 2014

Printable schedule

Join us for these summer interpretive programs and activities - June 22 to Labor Day.

Park Ranger narration on the Pictured Rocks Cruises will continue through late September.

Monday and Tuesday, 10 a.m.
Join a National Park Ranger for narration about the Lakeshore on the return trip on the Pictured Rocks Cruises


Wednesday, 3 p.m.
Beech Bark Disease Mini Program
Meeting the Roving Ranger at Sable Falls

Wednesday, 7 p.m.
Bonkers for Bats!
Evening program at Twelvemile Beach Campground amphitheater

Friday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Ranger Mini Program
Meet the Roving Ranger at Sable Falls

Friday, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Black Bears!
Evening program at the Twelvemile Beach Campground amphitheater

Saturday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Black Bears!
Meet the Roving Ranger at Sable Falls


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...