Basic Information

Summers are pleasant with the average highs in June, July, and August in the 70s°F, and lows in the low 50s°F. The coldest months are December through March with average highs of 25°F to 32°F, and average lows in the teens. Annual precipitation averages 31 inches; average annual snowfall ranges from 140 to 160 inches. Snow generally covers the ground from late November through late April.

Entrance Fees:

Pictured Rocks Entrance Fee = $0 - $0.00

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is open year-round, 24 hours day. There is no entrance fee.

Grand Sable Visitor Center

Nestled at the foot of the Grand Sable Dunes, the Grand Sable Visitor Center is located near the eastern gateway to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and at the beginning of the park's segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail. Open daily in summer; variable hours of operation in fall. Closed in winter. Includes park information, restrooms, exhibits, and an Eastern National bookstore.

Munising Falls Visitor Center

Munising Falls is located near the western gateway to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and at the beginning of the park's segment of the North Country National Scenic Trail. The visitor center is open year-round; daily in summer with reduced hours of operation in winter. Stop here for park information, exhibits, a paved trail to Munising Falls, restrooms, and an Eastern National bookstore.

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 of sparkling beach strands, 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, 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!

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, an early U.S. Coast Guard lifeboat station, logging chute area, old farmsteads, and a Civil War era iron blast furnace site.

To appreciate the lakeshore to its fullest, stop at a visitor center in Munising at Munising Falls, or Grand Sable, near Grand Marais.

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 day, though many roads are closed by snow in the winter

Visitors and staff at the lakeshore.

Fees and Passes
America the Beautiful Passes

Entrance sign on Miners Road

Permits and Reservations
Backcountry camping permits, commercial use authorizations, scientific research permits,
special event permits, H-58 events

Weather along the lakeshore

Climate, Statistics

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

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

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: May 31, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 40
Munising, MI 49862


(906) 387-3700

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