• The tower of the Au Sable Light Station against a summer blue sky. Photo © Craig Blacklock

    Pictured Rocks

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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Plan Your Visit

Miners Castle is the most familiar feature of the Pictured Rocks cliffs. It is easily accessible by automobile.

Miners Castle on Lake Superior

NPS photo/Brenda St. Martin

Welcome to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, America's first National Lakeshore.

Unlike any other place on Lake Superior, Pictured Rocks offers the opportunity to explore miles of pristine beaches, hike over 100 miles of trails, and experience the serenity of the northern hardwood forest.

In the spring, a new world appears along trails carpeted with the soft beauty of wildflowers. Summer gives way to warm basking days. Blinking lights of orange, red, and yellow signal the wonder of change in autumn. In the winter, the raw windy beauty of snow frequents the days though periodically the snow blazes forth with sunlight.

Take time to experience and learn about the different worlds of Pictured Rocks, a mosaic of colors, textures, and sights. Enjoy your stay!


Maps, Road Mileage, Bicycling Information, Shuttle Service
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is located on the south shore of Lake Superior in upper Michigan, between the communities of Munising (west) and Grand Marais (east).


The lakeshore is open year-round, 24 hours day,
though many roads are closed by snow in the winter


Fees and Reservations
Permits, America the Beautiful Passes

Where to go when accessibility is on your mind.


Eating and Sleeping
Drive-in Campgrounds, Where to Eat, Lodging


Outdoor Activities, For Kids, Guided Tours,
Schedule of Events, Special Events, Nearby Attractions

Miners Beach Falls
Places To Go
Visitor Centers, Maritime Sites, Scenic Sites,
Waterfalls, Beaver Basin Wilderness
Things To Know Before You Come
Your Safety, Campfires and Firewood, Insects,
Getting Around, Weather, Goods and Services,
Pets, Passport Stamps

Maps, newspapers, site bulletins


Did You Know?

This solar collector provides power for the water well at the Au Sable Light Station in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

In 1992, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore began installing photovoltaic powered well pump systems at its drive-in campgrounds. All remote water wells within the lakeshore are now solar-powered. More...