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?
Located within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the Au Sable Light Station is on the National Register of Historic Places. Constructed in 1874, the station beacon still shines over Lake Superior's frigid waters. The lamp is now solar powered. More...