Guided Tours

Visitors on the top deck of the Au Sable Lighthouse

People on top deck of the Au Sable Lighthouse (NPS photo)

Summer Interpretive Programs - 2015
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Shipwrecks, Sandstone, Sunset and a Superior Lighthouse - July 5, August 2, 16, & 30, Sept. 6
Join the ranger on a 3 mile round-trip hike to the lighthouse. Along the way view shipwrecks and learn of the history of the area. At the lighthouse, you'll tour the grounds and museum, and then climb the lighthouse to enjoy a beautiful view of lake Superior and watch the sun set. Advanced reservations are required. There is a $3/person fee for the lighthouse tour. For more information, including start and end times, or to make a reservation, contact the Grand Sable Visitor Center at 906-494-2660.

Waterfall Car Caravan Tour - July 12, August 9 & 23 - 9:30 am at Munising Falls Visitor Center.
Bring your sense of adventure as you join a park ranger on a visit to six different waterfalls, including 3 rarely seen by visitors. Using your own vehicle, you'll follow the ranger to each area. Expect to drive approximately 33 miles and hike about 4.5 miles. Bring a picnic lunch for a break at the Miners Beach area. The tour will end at about 4 pm at the Chapel/Mosquito trailhead parking lot. Bring good walking/hiking shoes, appropriate clothing for our ever changing weather, water, and plenty of bug spray. For more information, call 906-494-2660.

Ranger Mini-Programs: Short programs that repeat all afternoon. Topics vary.
Fridays and Saturdays - at Sable Falls from 2 pm to 5 pm.
Saturdays - at Miner's Castle from 3 pm to 6 pm.

Ranger Talk - Wednesdays - 7 pm at Twelvemile Beach Campground Amphitheater.

Dune Walk - Tuesdays - 1 pm at Sable Falls. 1 hr / 1 mile

Miners Falls Walk - Thursdays - 2 pm at Miners Falls. 1 1/2 hrs / 1.2 miles roundtrip.

Miners Hike to the Beach Walk - Saturdays - 1 pm at Miners Castle. 2 miles roundtrip.

Visitors and ranger at the Au Sable Light Station.

Visitors at the Au Sable Light Station

NPS photo

Au Sable Lighthouse Guided Tours

Au Sable Light Station tours are scheduled Wednesday through Sunday, June 6, 2015, through September 20, 2015. Tour times are 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, and 4:30 pm. Tour fee is $3 for those 6 and older. Correct change is REQUIRED. The 30-40 minute guided tour begins at the lighthouse front porch. Saturday, September 19, is Au Sable Day.

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

Lighthouse transportation for people with mobility limitations: The lakeshore has partnered with the Munising-based public transportation company Altran for van transportation to the light station on a limited number of Saturdays in 2015 (July 18, August 15, September 19). Altran will transport people with mobility limitations on the hour for a $5 round trip fee ($2.50 one way).

The van will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can meet the driver in the lower Hurricane River day use parking lot located at the bridge on Alger County Road H-58. Once the van arrives at Au Sable, getting around the site is up to the individual.

Visitors on Lake Superior boat cruise with Picture Rocks cliffs in background.

Visitors on boat cruise along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore cliffs near Grand Portal Point.

NPS photo / Dave Kronk

Boat Tours
Pictured Rocks Cruises, Inc., offers non-stop narrated boat tours of the spectacular sandstone cliffs within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Each cruise is 2-1/2 to 3 hours long and travels approximately 40 miles round trip. The cruises operate from mid-May to mid-October. Please check their website for the complete schedule. All cruises depart from the city dock at the north end of Elm Avenue in downtown Munising.

Pictured Rocks Cruises is an authorized National Park Service concessionaire.

For more information:
Pictured Rocks Cruises, Inc.
P.O. Box 255
Munising MI 49862
800-650-2379 or 906-387-2379


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