Basic Information

N8391 Sand Point Road
Munising, MI 49862

Pictured Rocks NL is located on the south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, between the towns of Munising (west) and Grand Marais (east). Access the west side of the park via Michigan highways M-28 and M-94 to Munising. State highway M-77 leads to Grand Marais on the east side. Alger County Road H-58 runs parallel and through the park, providing access to spur roads that lead to scenic overlooks, trailheads, campgrounds, beaches, etc. Many roads are closed in winter due to snow.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is open year-round, 24 hours day, though many roads are closed by snow in the winter. There is no entrance fee.

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore / Hiawatha National Forest Interagency Visitor Center

Located in Munising at 400 East Munising Avenue, junction of state highway M-28 and county road H-58. Open year round, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Open daily during the summer months with extended hours, typically 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. From October to Memorial Day in May, closed Sundays and federal holidays.

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Additional Information

Grand Sable Visitor Center

One mile west of Grand Marais, Michigan: E21090 County Road H-58 Open daily from the Friday before Memorial Day through Labor Day, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May be open on weekends and additional days in May, September, and October.

Standard Hours

  • Sunday: Closed
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  • Saturday: Closed

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Au Sable Light Station

The Au Sable Light Station, located 1.5 miles east of the Hurricane River Campground, is open for tours Wednesday to Sunday, from mid-June through the end of September. The light station grounds are open year round (though the campground parking area, trail to the station, and grounds are not maintained or cleared of snow in winter).

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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; annual snowfall is 140 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.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore - Hiawatha National Forest Interagency Visitor Center

The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore - Hiawatha National Forest Interagency Visitor Center is open year round, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed Sundays and federal holidays). It is open daily from Memorial Day weekend through September with extended operating hours.

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. A park ranger is on duty to assist hikers, backpackers, and nature enthusiasts with information geared at making their stay more enjoyable. The lakeshore's cooperating association, Eastern National, operates a bookstore here.

 
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!

 
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
Weather

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.

Brochures
Maps, newspapers, site bulletins

 
 
Mosquito on a fingertip
Insects

What's biting you?

 
 

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 40
Munising, MI 49862

Phone:

(906) 387-3700
Interagency Visitor Center (open year round)

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