• Indianhead Point stands tall along the Pictured Rocks. Photo copyright Craig Blacklock

    Pictured Rocks

    National Lakeshore Michigan

Things To Know Before You Come

Morning along the Mosquito River in the backcountry at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
Morning on the Mosquito River
NPS photo
 

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.

Experience Your National Lakeshore!

 
Your Safety
Rockfall, water, boating, weather,
bears, and more!

 
 
Getting Around
Road Construction, Recreation Vehicles,
Touring by Motorcoach
 
Insects

What's biting you?

 
Weather

Climate, Statistics

 
 

Goods & Services
Groceries, Gas, Post Office,
Commercial Services

 
Passport Stamps
Locations
 
 

Did You Know?

Bear claw scars on the smooth bark of an American beech tree.

Bear claw marks can be seen on the trunks of American beech trees because the bark is so smooth. Bears climb trees for safety and to eat beech nuts. The non-native beech bark disease is sweeping through Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, killing many beech trees. Trees scarred with bear claw marks will be harder to find. More...