• The tower of the Au Sable Light Station against a summer blue sky. Photo © Craig Blacklock

    Pictured Rocks

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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Things To Know Before You Come

Morning along the Mosquito River in the backcountry at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Morning on the Mosquito River
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Wow, what an incredible place! Pictured Rocks offers towering multicolored sandstone cliffs, miles long sparkling beach strands, dashing waterfalls, a huge area of sand dunes, inland lakes and streams, and it's all OURS to explore! Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is managed by the National Park Service as one of only four national lakeshores.

Just like an old-time quilt, this park, which is about the size of five Manhattan Islands, is also a mosaic of human history. Historic sites include an 1874 lighthouse, early U.S. Coast Guard lifeboat stations, old farmsteads and a Civil War era iron blast furnace site.

The lakeshore includes some 15 miles of cliffs along its 42 mile length. Within the park, nearly 100 miles of trail lead to remote trout streams, secretive bogs, and a system of 14 backcountry campsites. The park is open year-round and is truly a four season recreation destination with hiking, canoeing, kayaking, sightseeing, birding, backcountry and vehicle based camping, winter ice climbing, ice fishing, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing...the list goes on!

To appreciate the lakeshore to its fullest, stop at a visitor center in Munising, at Munising Falls, Miners Castle, the Au Sable Light Station, or Grand Sable, near Grand Marais.

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Did You Know?

The light tower and flagpole of the Au Sable Light Station stand proudly.

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...