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, 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 vehicle-based 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 a visitor center in Munising at Munising Falls, or Grand Sable, near Grand Marais 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!