Basic Information

View of the cliffs in the fall from the North Country Trail
Pictured Rocks cliffs in autumn viewed from the North Country Scenic Trail

Craig Blacklock © photo


Entrance Fees:

Morning mist on the Mosquito River
Morning mist on the Mosquito River

NPS photo


Wow, what an incredible place! Pictured Rocks offers towering multicolored sandstone cliffs, miles of sparkling beaches, dashing waterfalls, huge sand dunes, inland lakes and streams, deep green forests... and it's all OURS to explore! Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is managed by the National Park Service, and it was the first of the nation's four national lakeshores to be established (in 1966).

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, hidden bogs, wild Lake Superior beaches, 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 drive-in camping, fall color viewing, winter ice climbing, ice fishing, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing... the list goes on!

This long narrow park, which is about the size of five Manhattan Islands, also contains a great deal of human history. Historic resources include an 1874 lighthouse, early U.S. Coast Guard artifacts, logging chute area, old farmsteads, and a Civil War era iron blast furnace site.

Stop at the visitor center in Munising at Munising Falls (at the park's western end), or the Grand Sable Visitor Center near Grand Marais (at the park's eastern end) to discover the best way to explore and enjoy the park. Ranger programs are available during summer months for those who want to learn more about the lakeshore's natural and human history.

Experience Your National Lakeshore!

Miners Road under a canopy of yellow leaves in the fall.

Operating Hours and Seasons
The lakeshore is open year-round, 24 hours a day,
though many roads are closed by snow in the winter.

Visitors and staff at the lakeshore.

Fees and Passes
America the Beautiful Passes

Winter view from Sand Point, looking to Miners Castle.

Current Conditions
Closure alerts, trail conditions, warnings,
special notices regarding the park

Entrance sign on Miners Road

Permits and Reservations
Drive-in campground reservations, backcountry camping permits,
commercial use authorizations, scientific research permits,
special use permits, H-58 events

Weather along the lakeshore

Climate, statistics

Bailey the sea dog

Where pets are allowed to go

Aerial view of Munising Bay marina. State of Michigan photo.

Goods & Services
Groceries, gas, post office,
commercial services,
boat tours

Visitors pause to take in the scenery while on the stairway to Miners Beach.

Maps, newspapers, site bulletins

Mosquito on a fingertip

What's biting you?


Last updated: September 8, 2019

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 40
Munising, MI 49862


(906) 387-3700

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