Fees & Passes

Entrance Fees Increasing January 1, 2023*

Entrance Fees (through the end of 2022)

All visitors 16 years old and up are required to have a Park Entrance Pass. All vehicles must display a pass clearly visible through the windshield. If you have one of the America the Beautiful - National Park and Federal Recreational Lands Passes listed below (such as a Senior Pass or Access Pass), you do NOT have to buy a separate Pictured Rocks entrance pass.

Display your plastic federal lands pass or the Pictured Rocks Annual Pass on your dashboard with the signature and expiration date facing up. You may also pick up a rear-view mirror hang tag at one of the park visitor centers when open.

(If you buy a weekly or annual park pass online and have no ability to print it, keep it handy on your phone or tablet. Exchange your digital Pictured Rocks Annual Pass for a plastic one at the Munising Falls Visitor Contact Station any time after it opens for the season in May 2023.)

Thank you for your support! Visit Your Dollars At Work to learn how your fees help fund important projects at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Entrance Fee by Private Vehicle - $10.00

This is an entrance fee for all persons traveling in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle. The entrance pass is good for 7 continuous days. The pass is non-transferable.

Entrance Fee by Motorcycle - $10.00

This is for the motorcycle and passengers. The pass is good for 7 continuous days and is non-transferable.

Entrance Fee by Individual - $5.00

This is a per person entrance fee for a visitor arriving on foot, bicycle, snowmobile, or boat-in. The pass is good for 7 continuous days and is non-transferable.

(Entrance fees for commercial tour vehicles listed below.)

Pictured Rocks Annual Pass

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Annual Pass - $20.00

This pass is valid for one year from the month of entry and admits the purchaser and passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle. It is nontransferable, nonrefundable, and does not cover tour or camping fees.

The park visitor centers are closed for the season. Park weekly and annual passes must be purchased online until further notice. See below for purchasing information. Passes are not available at park headquarters.

* Entrance fee increases beginning January 1, 2023:

Seven-day vehicle pass: $20.00
Seven-day motorcycle pass: $15.00
Per person walk, bicycle, snowmobile, or boat-in (good for 7 continuous days): $10.00
Pictured Rocks Annual Pass (good for 12 months): $30.00

(Annual passes bought in December 2022 at the current price of $20 will be good until December 2023.)


Buy Your Digital Pass on Recreation.gov

Whether you're planning a single visit or coming back multiple times a year, enjoy the convenience of purchasing a Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore digital pass on Recreation.gov before you arrive. You have immediate access to your digital pass and can easily download it on your phone or tablet. Your pass will also be emailed as a PDF and can be printed out for display before your visit. (If you don't have a way to print your pass, just keep it handy on your phone or tablet.)

Click the Purchase Passes link below or visit: www.recreation.gov/sitepass/pictured-rocks-nl.

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America the Beautiful - National Park & Federal Recreational Land Passes

The America the Beautiful – The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass Series is your ticket to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites spread out across more than 400 million acres of public lands.

Passes cover entrance fees at National Park Service sites that charge them, (including Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore) and national wildlife refuges, as well as standard amenity fees (day-use fees) at national forests and grasslands. Passes also cover day-use fees at lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Army Corps of Engineers.

In general, one pass covers the fees listed above for a driver and passengers in a personal vehicle at per-vehicle fee areas or up to four adults at sites that charge per person. Children age 15 or under are admitted free. Some passes provide additional benefits. Check with individual sites for details.

  • Photo identification will be required to verify ownership.
  • Passes are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be replaced if lost or stolen

The program has passes that range in cost from free to $80. There are passes for current US Military and their dependents; US Military Veterans and Gold Star Families; US citizens 62 and older; US 4th Grade Students; US citizens with a permanent disability, as well as annual passes for anyone to purchase.

America the Beautiful passes include:

  • Annual Pass: $80
  • Annual Military Pass for current US Military and their dependents: Free
  • Lifetime Military Pass for US Military Veterans and Gold Star Family members: Free*
  • Annual Fourth Grade Pass for US students in fourth grade: Free
  • Annual Senior Pass for US citizens age 62 and older: $20
  • Lifetime Senior Pass for US citizens age 62 and older: $80
  • Lifetime Access Pass for US citizens with permanent disabilities: Free
  • Annual Volunteer Pass: Free (250 hours of volunteer service at any of the six participating federal agencies is required)

*A new program that provides a free lifetime military pass for US military veterans and Gold Star Family members took effect November 11, 2022 as a way to thank them for their support of our country and to encourage them to explore recreational opportunities on their public lands and waters. Find detailed information about who qualifies, acceptable forms of identification, and how to download a Gold Star Family voucher.

At Pictured Rocks, these nationwide passes are sold/issued at the Munising Falls Visitor Contact Station when open. Passes can be purchased online as well. Visit https://www.nps.gov/planyourvisit/passes.htm to learn more about these passes and their requirements. To purchase passes, go to: https://store.usgs.gov/recreational-passes.


National Park Free Fee Days 2023

Come experience the national parks! On five days in 2023, all National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone. Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2023:

  • January 16: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • April 16: First day of National Park Week
  • August 4: Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
  • September 24: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

Other Fees

Commercial Tour Vehicles

Entrance fees are based on the seating capacity of the vehicle.

  • Commercial Sedan (1-6 seats): $25, plus $5 per person, 16 years of age or older
  • Commercial Van (7-15 seats, regardless of occupancy): $40
  • Commercial Mini Bus (16-25 seats, regardless of occupancy): $40
  • Commercial Motor Coach (26 or more seats, regardless of occupancy): $100

Drive-In Camping - $25 per night

Campsites in the park's drive-in campgrounds are $25 per night. Reservations are required. There is a 50% discount on camping fees for holders of the America The Beautiful Senior Pass and Access Pass and the old Golden Age and Golden Access passes (prior to 2006).

For information on reserving a campsite, please go to our Camping page.

Backcountry Camping - $15 permit fee, plus $5 per person per night

A backcountry camping permit is required for all overnight stays in the backcountry year-round, whether by hiking or kayaking. The permit is only for the dates, locations, and party size specified. Camping fees are $5 per person per night; plus the $15 reservation fee. There are no refunds.

For more information on obtaining a permit, please go to our Backcountry Camping page.

Au Sable Guided Tours - $5 per person

Visitors to the Au Sable Light Station may enjoy the grounds year-round at no charge. During summer, ranger-led tours of the keepers quarters and lighthouse are offered Wednesday - Sunday. There is a $5 fee (cash only, exact amount required) per person for ages 6 and up.

Last updated: December 16, 2022

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