• Indianhead Point stands tall along the Pictured Rocks. Photo copyright Craig Blacklock

    Pictured Rocks

    National Lakeshore Michigan

Guided Tours

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 7, 2014, through September 20, 2013. No tours on Monday and Tuesday. Saturday, September 20, is Au Sable Day.

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

NPS photo

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

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Sunday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Bear Safety!
Meet the Roving Ranger at Twelvemile Beach Campground

Tuesday, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Bear Safety!
Meet the Roving Ranger at Little Beaver Lake Campground

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

Saturday, 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Black Bears!
Meet the Roving Ranger at Hurricane River Campground

 

Did You Know?

Bear claw scars on the smooth bark of an American beech tree.

Bear claw marks can be seen on the trunks of American beech trees because the bark is so smooth. Bears climb trees for safety and to eat beech nuts. The non-native beech bark disease is sweeping through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, killing many beech trees. Trees scarred with bear claw marks will be harder to find. More...