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

    Pictured Rocks

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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Operating Hours & Seasons

Miners Castle Road under a yellow canopy of leaves in fall.
Miners Castle Road in autumn
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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?

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...