Things To Do

A group of backpackers on the North Country Trail standing on trail in forest
Backpackers on the North Country Trail

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Enjoy outdoor activities year-round at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore!

Spring brings wildflowers to photograph and birds to watch. Summer offers hiking, picnicking, boating, camping - and park ranger programs! Autumn displays vibrant colors as hunters take to the north woods. Winter visitors enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, snowmobiling, and ice fishing.

Take some time to explore the following activities. Make sure you are familiar with any rules and regulations as well as safety issues. A little bit of planning leads to the best experiences.

Enjoy the sights and serenity of this beautiful park in many different ways:

 

SO MANY CHOICES!

  • Campsite set up with view of lake in background

    Drive-In Camping

    Pictured Rocks has three drive-in campgrounds open from mid May to mid October.

  • Tent set up at a remote forest site in the backcountry
    Have a Backcountry Adventure!

    Backcountry Camping

    Backpack to one of the park's remote camping sites, just overnight or for a week.

  • Boardwalk path leads through a lush green summer forest
    Trails and More Trails

    Day Hiking

    Pictured Rocks has 100 miles of hiking trails through lush forests, along cliffs, up sand dunes, to remote waterfalls, and much more.

  • Two people in sea kayaks paddling along the colorful, dramatic Pictured Rock cliffs.

    Sea Kayaking

    Everything you need to know about sea kayaking at Pictured Rocks and staying safe on Lake Superior.

  • Two people in a canoe on an inland lake.

    Other Boating

    Besides sea kayaking, other boating opportunities exist at the park. Several inland lakes are great for canoes and recreational kayaks.

  • Boat tour along the cliffs
    Cruise the Pictured Rocks!

    Commercial Tours

    Take a narrated boat cruise to see the cliffs, or book a guided kayak tour. Other guided commercial activities are also available.

  • Visitors carrying lanterns during sunset lighthouse program.

    Ranger Programs

    Lighthouse tours and other ranger programs take place during summer and early fall. Check park visitor centers for topics and times.

  • Park Ranger giving the Junior Ranger oath

    For Kids & Families

    Pictured Rocks is a wonderful place for kids of all ages to have fun with their families and make lasting memories.

  • Sunbathers and swimmers at the Sand Point Beach on a summer day.

    Swimming & Diving

    Swim, scuba dive, or snorkel in Lake Superior's clear waters. Just remember, the water is cold!

  • Two bicycles at a bike stand under trees

    Bicycling

    Find out where you can bicycle in the park and in the local area.

  • Angler standing on bank of park river

    Fishing

    Fishing is a popular activity at several park streams and lakes.

  • Fall scene of colors in the woods along a trail

    Hunting

    Autumn begins the hunting season in the north country. Check here for rules and regulations.

  • Ice climber on ice column
    Come Visit in Winter

    Winter Activities

    Ice climbing, snowshoeing, and cross-country skiing are just some of the park's great winter experiences!

Last updated: September 13, 2022

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