Winter at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
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 average for Munising is somewhere between 140 and 144 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?
Come explore the North Country Trail on snowshoes.
Ample lake effect snow, numerous waterfalls, and porous sandstone cliffs creates ideal conditions for ice climbing.
Cross Country Skiing
Over 20 miles of trails wind through a magical landscape of varied habitats and topography.
There are three drive-in campgrounds within the park, and other public and private campgrounds nearby.
A number of unplowed roads lead to major points of interest, and a snowmobilers dream ride.
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: February 1, 2019