Swimming & Diving
NPS photo by Ed Lasich
The clean and clear waters of Lake Superior are tempting, though the water is typically cold for even the hardiest swimmers.
Visitors enjoy peaceful strolls along the lakeshore's white sand beaches, including Sand Point, Miners, and Twelvemile.
There are no lifeguarded beaches at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore or its surrounding communities. Rip currents can and do occur, and may change locations from year to year.
Please use extreme caution if you choose to venture into Lake Superior waters.
Beach fires are only permitted in the designated metal fire ring at Sand Point; fires are not allowed on other beaches. Glass containers are prohibited on all beaches. Pets are allowed in designated areas; please know the regulations.
Please help keep our beaches clean.
Scuba Diving and Snorkeling
Did You Know?
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...