Basic Information

Pictured Rocks cliffs in autumn viewed from the North Country Scenic Trail.
Pictured Rocks cliffs in autumn viewed from the North Country Scenic Trail.

Craig Blacklock © photo


Welcome to Pictured Rocks!

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 yours 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 also contains a great deal of human history. Historic resources include an 1874 lighthouse, early U.S. Coast Guard buildings and artifacts, logging chute area 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.

To view videos about the park, check out our YouTube Channel!

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Rain storm moving in the distance across Lake Superior.

Current Conditions

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Last updated: September 14, 2020

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 40
Munising, MI 49862


(906) 387-3700

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