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

    Pictured Rocks

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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Waves roll gently in on a hazy day at the Twelvemile Beach along Lake Superior.
Twelvemile Beach on a hazy day
NPS photo by Mary Jo Cook

Backcountry Camping
Permits are required for backcountry camping; there is a fee. The permit must be obtained before beginning on your trip. Advance reservations are possible.

For more information on backcountry permits, please visit our backcountry camping webpages and/or contact the Interagency Visitor Center at 906-387-3700.

Email the interagency Visitor Center


Commercial Use Authorization
Commercial Use Authorizations (CUA) may be issued to individuals, corporations, or other entities to provide commercial services to park visitors in limited circumstances. These services involve the incidental use of park resources by operations that originate and terminate outside of the park. There is a fee for the CUA.

For more information on Commercial Use Authorizations, please visit our Doing Business with the Park webpage.


Special Event Permit
Permits are required for any special events occurring within the Lakeshore including wedding ceremonies, festivals, and public assemblies or meetings. There is a $100 fee for this permit.

Permits are also required for the distribution of printed matter. Maps designating where public assemblies can be held and literature can be distributed are available at Park Headquarters. There may be a fee for this permit.

Special Event / Wedding Permit Application (pdf)

For more information on special use permits, please contact:

Chief Ranger
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
P.O. Box 40
Munising, MI 49862
906-387-2607, ext. 205



Events Taking Place on Alger County Road H-58
Many events on H-58 require a permit from the Alger County Road Commission. Please contact the ACRC directly at:

Alger County Road Commission
E9264 State Hwy. M-28
Munising, MI 49862
acrc <at> jamadots.com

Organizers of events are also asked to contact and coordinate with the National Park Service well in advance by contacting:

Chief Ranger
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
PO Box 40
Munising, MI 49862
906-387-2607, ext. 205



Scientific Research
A permit is required for scientific activities that involve fieldwork, specimen collection, and/or have the potential to disturb resources or visitors.

Please visit the NPS Research Permit and Reporting System https://science.nature.nps.gov/research/ac/ResearchIndex

PRNL contact:
Chief of Science and Natural Resources
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
P.O. Box 40
Munising, MI 49862


Did You Know?

The Schoolcraft Blast Furnace was located at today's Munising Falls site.

The Schoolcraft/Munising Blast Furnace operated from 1869 to 1877. It produced many tons of pig iron for post Civil War continental expansion. Only ruins remain at this National Register of Historic Places site, located at Munising Falls in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. More...