Guided Tours

Visitors and ranger at the Au Sable Light Station.
Visitors at the Au Sable Light Station

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Ranger-led Programs


Join a park ranger for guided walks, drop-in programs, evening programs, historic lighthouse tours, and more. Programs are offered from mid-June to the end of September. Programs are free of charge, except for tours at the Au Sable Lighthouse ($3 per person). Schedules will be posted at park visitor centers and on this page.

Types of Programs

Walks
Be prepared to walk one to two miles. Wear sturdy footwear and bring bug spray and water.

Drop-In Programs
Stop by anytime between the times listed. Stay for a minute or stay for 20 minutes.

Evening Programs
Discover something special about Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Forty-five minute programs addressing a variety of topics. Check at visitor centers for specific topics.

Au Sable Lighthouse Guided Tours
Au Sable Light Station tours are offered in the summer, beginning in mid-June and running through the end of September (sometimes offered into October, depending on weather and staffing). Tours are scheduled Wednesday through Sunday at 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm, and 4:30 pm. Tour fee is $3 for those 6 and older. Correct change is REQUIRED. The 30-40 minute guided tour begins at the lighthouse front porch. To reach the Au Sable Light Station, take the trail east from the Hurricane River Campground. It is a three mile round trip hike. Bicycles and pets are not permitted.
Lighthouse transportation for people with mobility limitations: The park has partnered with the Munising-based public transportation company Altran for van transportation to the light station on a limited number of Saturdays each summer. Altran will transport people with mobility limitations on the hour for a $5 round trip fee ($2.50 one way). The Altran fee is waived on Au Sable Day. The van will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can meet the driver in the lower Hurricane River day use parking lot located at the bridge on Alger County Road H-58. Once the van arrives at Au Sable, getting around the site is up to the individual. The site is not wheelchair friendly. It has sandy soils, narrow sidewalks, and only the boathouse is accessible at ground level. The other buildings require climbing steps.

Additional programs are announced on Facebook and/or at our visitor centers.
 
ranger program
There are a variety of ranger-led programs.

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Visitors on Lake Superior boat cruise with Picture Rocks cliffs in background.
Visitors on boat cruise along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore cliffs near Grand Portal Point.

NPS photo / Dave Kronk

Boat Tours

Pictured Rocks Cruises, Inc., offers non-stop narrated boat tours of the spectacular sandstone cliffs within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Each cruise is 2-1/2 to 3 hours long and travels approximately 40 miles round trip. The cruises operate from mid-May to mid-October. Please check their website for the complete schedule. All cruises depart from the city dock at the north end of Elm Avenue in downtown Munising.


For more information please contact:

Pictured Rocks Cruises, Inc.
P.O. Box 255
Munising MI 49862
800-650-2379 or 906-387-2379

Pictured Rocks Cruises is an authorized National Park Service concessionaire.
 
Kayakers paddling along the shoreline of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Kayakers paddling along the shoreline of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

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Kayaking Tours


Three different companies offer kayaking tours along the lakeshore. These companies are...

Uncle Ducky's Paddling Michigan
1331 W Munising Ave.
Munising, MI 49862

Phone: (877) 228-5447

Northern Waters Adventures
P.O. Box 314 (Mail)
712 W. Munising Avenue (Hwy M-28)
Munising, MI 49862

Phone: (906) 387-2323

Pictured Rocks Kayaking
1348 Commercial St.
Munising, MI 49862

Phone: (906) 387-5500

Only authorized CUAs are allowed to offer tours in the park.
 

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 40
Munising, MI 49862

Phone:

(906) 387-3700
Interagency Visitor Center (open year round)

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