Planning to visit with your pet?
Please make sure you know the rules and where you can go with your pet. We want you, your pet, other visitors and our wildlife to all be safe.
PLEASE REMEMBER to follow the B.A.R.K. Ranger rules:
Also, remember the following:
Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals
Service animals that have been individually trained to perform specific tasks for the benefit of persons with disabilities are allowed throughout the park.
Emotional support/therapy animals are not service animals under the Americans with Disabilities Act and may only access the same areas as pets. They can not access visitor centers, backcountry trails, or other areas closed to pets.
Pets can join you at these locations:
These areas are CLOSED to pets:
Also remember: Though pets are permitted on boats on Lake Superior, they are not permitted on park beaches in the backcountry. This includes - but is not limited to - Mosquito and Chapel Beaches.
Why can't you take pets in certain areas of the park?
Pets may harass, injure, or kill wildlife; be injured by porcupines, bears or other wildlife; intimidate or scare visitors; become lost; introduce diseases; or disturb hikers and backcountry campers who expect a pet-free experience.
Hiking and backcountry camping with your pet outside Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Do not leave your pet in the car while you hike, especially during hot weather! These local businesses can board your pets while you are enjoying the park:Pet boarding - Ruff n Reddy in Wetmore, MI (formerly Puppy Paws).
Pet boarding (day use only) - Melstrand Union General Store in Melstrand, MI.
Pictured Rocks Cruises will board pets of customers who take their boat cruise. Other private tour companies in the area may offer something similar.
Last updated: July 21, 2019