Grand Sable Dunes temporary closure to all public entry for visitor safety
Grand Sable Dunes are rapidly eroding into Sable Creek and Lake Superior. The area from the Ghost Forest Trail north to Lake Superior then along the shoreline to the west side of Sable Creek is temporarily closed. Follow closure signs for your safety. More »
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore interprets the stories associated with the U.S. Lighthouse Service, U.S. Life Saving Service, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Facilities at Munising, Sand Point, Au Sable Point, and Grand Marais are dedicated to this history. They date from 1874 at the Au Sable Light Station through 1975 at the Munising Range Light, and include contemporary aids to navigation.
U.S. Coast Guard History - pdf
NPS photo/Chris Case
Au Sable Light Station
NPS photo/Chris Case
Munising U.S. Coast Guard Station
Munising Front Range Light and Auxiliary Station
Munising Rear Range Light
NPS photo / Ed Lasich
Located at E22030 Coast Guard Point Road, Grand Marais, Michigan
The U.S. Coast Guard opened this station in 1938, replacing a structure built in 1899 by the U.S. Life Saving Service. The Coast Guard deactivated the station in 1981, and transferred the property to the National Park Service.
The three story wood frame building overlooks Lake Superior, and currently serves as a ranger station for Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. A keepers quarters is nearby as well as the Harbor of Refuge building.
Grand Marais Harbor of Refuge
Photo by Chris Case
Additional maritime history websites
National Park Service Maritime Heritage Program
Michigan Lighthouse Conservancy
Seeing the Light - Lighthouses of the Western Great Lakes
Lighthouse Tours - United States Lighthouses
Alger Underwater Preserve
Grand Island East Channel Light
Grand Island North Light
Grand Island Range Lights
Did You Know?
On October 6, 1972, ceremonies in Munising marked the establishment of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, America's first national lakeshore. To symbolically link the park's two gateway communities of Munising and Grand Marais, water was poured from two glass containers into a third. More...