Economic Benefit 2012

Canoeing in the Beaver Basin Wilderness.
Visitor canoeing in the Beaver Basin Wilderness

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News Release Date: March 3, 2014

Contact: Mike Pflaum, 906-387-2607, ext. 202

Tourism to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Creates $23.7 million in Economic Benefit
Report shows visitor spending supports 312 jobs in local economy

MUNISING, Mich.– A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that 593,587 visitors to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshorein 2012 spent $23.7 million in communities near the park. That spending supported 312 jobs in the local area.

"Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is proud to welcome visitors from across the country and around the world," said superintendent Mike Pflaum. "We are delighted to share the story of this place and the experiences it provides and to use the park as a way to introduce our visitors to this part of the country and all that it offers. National park tourism is a significant driver in the national economy – returning $10 for every $1 invested in the National Park Service - and it's a big factor in our local economy as well. We appreciate the partnership and support of our neighbors and are glad to be able to give back by helping to sustain local communities."

The peer-reviewed visitor spending analysis was conducted by U.S. Geological Survey economists Catherine Cullinane Thomas and Christopher Huber and Lynne Koontz for the National Park Service. The report shows $14.7 billion of direct spending by 283 million park visitors in communities within 60 miles of a national park. This spending supported 243,000 jobs nationally, with 201,000 jobs found in these gateway communities, and had a cumulative benefit to the U.S. economy of $26.75 billion.

According to the report most visitor spending supports jobs in restaurants, grocery and convenience stores (39 percent), hotels, motels and B&Bs (27 percent), and other amusement and recreation (20 percent).

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The report includes information for visitor spending at individual parks and by state.To learn more about national parks in Michiganand how the National Park Service works with Michigan communities to help preserve local history, conserve the environment, and provide outdoor recreation, go to

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's more than 400 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at

Editor's note:  NPS b-roll is available to news media to use in reporting on the 2012 National Park Visitors Spending Report at

Last updated: April 10, 2015

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