Winter at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Visitors snowshoeing on the Marsh Trail boardwalk on a sunny winter day.
Visitors enjoy snowshoeing on the Sand Point Marsh Trail.

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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: snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice climbing, viewing ice formations, winter camping, and ice fishing.

The annual snowfall 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 lasts until late April. The park does not plow any park roads except Sand Point Road (See winter road closure page for more info.).

Remember to follow Leave No Trace (LNT) principles while out in the park (Learn more about winter LNT principles). And please no hiking, walking, or snowshoeing on the ski trails!

Snowshoeing on the Munising Snowshoe Trail.

Snowshoeing through the woods

Come explore the park's pristine winter beauty by snowshoe.

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.

Person viewing curtains of ice in early winter that form along the sandstone escarpment.

Viewing Ice Curtains

Early winter viewing of ice "caves" and ice formations along Sand Point Road at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.


Last updated: December 7, 2021

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