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As you can imagine, winter is one of the best times to be completely prepared!
An unexpected slip into a creek, the loss of a tarp in a blizzard, a broken ski binding can quickly spell disaster. The old scout adage of “Be Prepared” is the best medicine.
The Lakeshore staff encourage you to carefully plan your winter excursion into the park. Here are a few helpful suggestions.
Having considered all of this, remember that winter is one of the most incredible seasons at the Lakeshore. You will likely see very few people, a lot of animal tracks, and will be able to enjoy a type of solitude unknown at other times of the year. Happy trekking!
Areas closed to winter camping
All that portion of Sand Point described as the area below the top of the bluff in Sections 19 and 30, T47N, R18W, and that area situated within the corporate limits of the City of Munising, including the Sand Point Road.
The area within 150 yards of the Miners Castle overlooks, paved walkways, and vehicle parking lot. Also 100 feet from the centerline of the paved Miners Castle Road, and the area within 100 feet of Miners Falls parking lot, trail, and associated platforms.
The area within 100 feet of the Chapel Falls parking lot.
The area within 100 feet of the Little Beaver backpacker parking lot.
The area within 100 feet of the Twelvemile Beach picnic area parking lot.
The area within 150 yards of any structure at the Au Sable Light Station, and within 100 feet of the trail between the lower Hurricane River Campground and the Light Station.
The area within 100 feet of the Log Slide parking lot, platforms, and walkways.
The area within 100 feet of the Grand Sable Lake picnic area and parking lot, the Grand Sable Lake boat launch and parking lot, and the Grand Sable Lake overlook parking lot.
The area within 150 yards of the Sable Falls parking lot and building, to include the viewing platforms and associated walkway system to the mouth of Sable Creek. Also included is the area 100 feet from the centerline of the paved Sable Falls Road.
The area within 150 yards of the Grand Sable Visitor Center parking lot and barn.
The area within 150 yards of the structures comprising the Grand Marais quarters and maintenance facility.
The 8.6 acre tract comprising structures and lands administered by the National Park Service on Coast Guard Point in Grand Marais.
For more information ...
Winter Camping and Ice Climbing (pdf)
Did You Know?
Several species of plants in the Buttercup Family are aquatic, growing underwater in lakes and ponds. A few are even amphibious, meaning that a single plant lives partly on sand along a shoreline and partly submerged. Such plants have runners, like a strawberry plant, and grow roots along the runners. The submerged leaves appear quite different from the ones growing in air.