Winter at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Sunlight falls on a snow-covered forest along the Grand Marais Cross-Country Ski Trail.
Grand Marais Cross-County Ski Trail

NPS photo / Shaun Hughes


Pictured Rocks is a Winter Wonderland Waiting for You to Explore ...

Winter at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a unique time of year. The solitude and beauty that snowfall brings to the northwoods offers visitors endless opportunites for adventure. What's your favorite winter activity? We have a lot to choose from: cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice climbing, winter camping, ice fishing, and snowshoeing.

According to the National Weather Service in Marquette, the current annual showfall for Munising averages about 140 inches while the average for Grand Marais is slightly higher. Some winters have snowfall totals over 200 inches. Snow usually starts to accumulate on the ground by mid-November and last until late April. The park does not plow any park roads except Sand Point Road (See winter road closure page for more info.).

So, how do you want to explore the winter lakeshore?
Snowshoeing with the lakeshore


Come explore the North Country Trail on snowshoes.

Ice climbing at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Ice Climbing

Ample lake effect snow, numerous waterfalls, and porous sandstone cliffs creates ideal conditions for ice climbing.

Cross country ski trailhead in Munising

Cross Country Skiing

Over 20 miles of trails wind through a magical landscape of varied habitats and topography.


Want to Backcountry Camp in the Winter?

Enjoy camping in peace and quiet during one of the most incredible seasons at the lakeshore!

Miner's Castle road covered in snow


A number of unplowed roads lead to major points of interest, and a snowmobilers dream ride.

Viewing ice

Viewing Ice "Caves" and Ice Formations

Viewing ice "caves" and ice formations has become a popular winter activity at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and the surrounding area.


Last updated: September 10, 2019

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