Permits and Reservations

Planning to camp, have an event, or commerically film at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore? These activities require a permit! See below to learn more about the types of permits the park issues.
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Drive-In Campgrounds

The park has three drive-in campgrounds. Sites are rustic, without electrical hookups, hot water, or showers. $25 per night.

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Backcountry Camping

Permits are required for backcountry (hike-in or boat-in) camping year-round. Sites are $5 per night, with a $15 reservation fee.

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Special Use Permits

Weddings, memorial services, and other events within the park require a special use permit.

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Commercial Filming & Still Photography

Commercial filming and some still photography require a special use permit.

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Commercial Use Authorization

Authorization may be issued to individuals or corporations to provide commercial services to park visitors in limited circumstances.


Scientific Research
A permit is required for scientific activities that involve fieldwork, specimen collection, and/or have the potential to disturb resources or visitors.

Please visit the NPS Research Permit and Reporting System

PRNL contact:
Chief of Science and Resource Stewardship
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
P.O. Box 40
Munising, MI 49862


Events Taking Place on Alger County Road H-58

Many events on H-58 require a permit from the Alger County Road Commission. Please contact the ACRC directly at:

Alger County Road Commission
E9264 State Hwy. M-28
Munising, MI 49862

Organizers of events are also asked to contact and coordinate with the National Park Service well in advance by contacting:

Chief Ranger
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
PO Box 40
Munising, MI 49862


Last updated: March 28, 2023

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P.O. Box 40
Munising, MI 49862


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