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. The Sand Point beach area tends to be warmer for swimming than other lakeshore beaches.
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?
There are seven named waterfalls within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, plus several unnamed falls. From west to east, they are Munising, Bridalveil, Miners, Mosquito, Chapel, Spray, and Sable Falls. The sandstone outcrops of the Pictured Rocks escarpment create the many waterfalls in the area. More...