Latest COVID-19 UpdateTo protect the health of those who live, work, and visit national parks and National Park Service (NPS) facilities, and in support of President Biden’s Executive Order on Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask-Wearing the NPS has implemented a mask requirement for employees, visitors, partners and contractors.
At Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, face masks are now required in all park buildings and facilities. Masks are also required throughout the park when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including narrow or busy trails, parking lots, pull-offs and overlooks.
When recreating, park visitors should follow the National Park Service mask mandate, maintain social distance and avoid high-risk outdoor activities. Please do not visit if you are sick or were recently exposed to COVID-19. Park staff will continue to monitor all park functions to ensure that visitors adhere to CDC guidance for mitigating risks associated with the transmission of COVID-19 and take any additional steps necessary to protect public health.
Keep your distance and be aware of the mask requirement.
Give others plenty of room whether you are on a trail or in a parking lot. If staying at least six feet from others is not possible, wear a cloth face covering as recommended by the CDC. Cloth face coverings must be worn while in park restrooms. Masks are also required throughout the park when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including narrow or busy trails, parking lots and overlooks.
Keep it with you.
If you brought it into the park, take it with you when you leave. Trash pickup and restroom facilities are limited. Follow Leave No Trace principles. If you are not comfortable touching the handles on our trash receptacles, please do not just leave your trash on top of the bins or on the ground. This is a hazard for both other visitors and wildlife. If you can't put trash in receptacles, please take your trash with you!
Know your limits. Many incidents can be avoided when visitors plan and make responsible decisions. Winter conditions exist throughout the park, and can extend from October to May. It is critical to make wise choices to keep our park rangers and first responders out of harm’s way.
Open:The park is open. But during winter, most of the park is inaccessible via cars/trucks. Park roads are not plowed except for Sand Point Road. Unplowed roads are designated for snowmobiles only.
Campgrounds are open, but only accessible via snowmobile, ski, or snowshoe. Reservations and fees are required for both drive-in and backcountry camping - even in winter.
Flush toilets and water fountains and spigots throughout the park are shut down during winter (until mid-May). Vault toilets are available at Sand Point Beach and Grand Sable Visitor Center parking lot. Burying human waste when toilets are not available is not possible during winter; please use the vault toilets or pack it out.
Munising Falls Visitor Center and Grand Sable Visitor Center are closed.
Water systems (toilets, water fountains, water spigots) are closed for winter.
In winter, park roads are not plowed except for Sand Point Road. Unplowed roads are designated for snowmobiles only (no other motor vehicles permitted).
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Last updated: February 4, 2021