• Indianhead Point stands tall along the Pictured Rocks. Photo copyright 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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Touring by Motorcoach

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Did You Know?

Kingston Lake Campground, owned State of Michigan, is located within Pictured Rocks NL's inland buffer zone.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is the only National Park Service area with an inland buffer zone within its boundary. It is owned by the State of Michigan, corporations, and private citizens. The zone was created to permit sustained yield timber harvest and protect the watershed. More...