Lake Superior's rugged shoreline invites pontoon and other boaters to explore the beautiful Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore with its miles of colorful sandstone cliffs and long stretches of sandy beaches. Peaceful inland lakes also invite boaters to linger in the northwoods.
Before you go, check the weather.
Check the marine weather forecast before venturing out. Watch the weather carefully while on the lake. The weather can change suddenly and unexpectedly. Just because it's calm in Munising Bay or Grand Marais Harbor does not mean it is calm along the more distant shores.
Do you have the right kind of boat?
CANOES AND KAYAKS
SAILBOATS AND PADDLEBOARDS
Water skiing is authorized on Lake Superior and Grand Sable Lake in accordance with state and federal laws. On Grand Sable Lake, horsepower is limited to 50.
Boats may pull up on beaches within the park, including beaches in the Beaver Basin Wilderness but pets are not allowed on beaches within the wilderness zone or any beaches east of Miners Beach to the western edge of Twelvemile Beach Campground. Pets are not allowed on Mosquito or Chapel Beaches. Pets are also not allowed in boats on Little Beaver or Beaver Lakes.
Protect the Resources!
It is crucial that we all work together to help limit the spread of invasive species to other, non-invaded bodies of water. Please:
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore contains many pristine lakes and streams that are threatened by unwelcome visitors—invasive aquatic plants and animals. These non-native organisms can negatively impact wildlife habitat, upset the food chain, and out-compete native species. Hitchhikers spread from lake to lake by boat, trailer and fishing equipment, and expelled bilge water.
DON'T HAVE YOUR OWN BOAT?Boat Tours
Pictured Rocks Cruises, Inc., is the authorized concessionaire for the National Park Service, Department of the Interior, offering non-stop narrated boat tours of the Pictured Rocks cliffs. Pictured Rocks Cruises operates from mid-May to mid-October. Various companies also offer guided kayak tours of the cliffs.
Last updated: December 5, 2022