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

    Pictured Rocks

    National Lakeshore Michigan

Operating Hours & Seasons

Miners Castle Road during the fall color season.
Miners Castle Road in autumn
National Park Service photo

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is open year-round, 24 hours day, though many roads are closed by snow in the winter. There is no entrance fee.

Four Seasons to Enjoy
There is no particular "best" season to visit the lakeshore for each has its own charm and variety of activities. In the spring, wildflowers bloom in great profusion to add to the beauty of the natural area. The summer brings pleasantly warm weather and abundant sunshine. Autumn boasts a colorful display as the hardwood forest changes color. A mantle of snow sets the stage for winter activities.

Operating Hours - Visitor Centers
The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore - Hiawatha National Forest Interagency Visitor Center is open year round, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed Sundays and federal holidays). It is open daily from Memorial Day weekend through September with extended operating hours.

The Grand Sable Visitor Center, Miners Castle Information Center and Munising Falls Visitor Center are open from the Friday just before Memorial Day through Labor Day Monday. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The season length may vary as funding and staffing permit.

The Au Sable Lighthouse and Maritime Museum are open with guided interpretive tours from mid-June through Labor Day. The Au Sable Light Station grounds are open year round.

Park headquarters at Sand Point in Munising is open year round, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, but closed on federal holidays.

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Did You Know?

Chapel Lake is shown with fall colors, a beautifu view of the northwoods in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Chapel Lake is one of several plunge pool lakes created by post glacial rivers after the Marquette advance of the most recent ice age. Its greatest depth is 140 feet. Other plunge pool lakes include Deer Lake and Ginpole Lake in Alger County, home of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. More...