Great Lakes

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The Great Lakes region contains 7 national parks, lakeshores, monuments, and memorials. Experience the unique natural landscape of the United States' largest lakes, from picturesque dunes to 22 different islands. Learn about the history of the fur trade and the war of 1812.


Isle Royale National Park

  • 388.1 Shoreline Miles
  • 408,662.1 Marine Water Acres
  • Explore a rugged, isolated island, far from the sights and sounds of civilization. Surrounded by Lake Superior, Isle Royale offers unparalleled solitude and adventures for backpackers, hikers, boaters, kayakers, canoeists and scuba divers. Here, amid stunning scenic beauty, you'll find opportunities for reflection and discovery, and make memories that last a lifetime.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

  • 40 Shoreline Miles
  • 6,899 Marine Water Acres
  • Sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, lakes, forest, and shoreline beckon you to visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Hiking, camping, sightseeing, and four season outdoor opportunities abound. The lakeshore hugs the Lake Superior shoreline for more than 40 miles. Lake Superior is the largest, deepest, coldest, and most pristine of all the Great Lakes.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

  • 65 Shoreline Miles
  • 10,745.7 Marine Water Acres
  • Miles of sand beach, bluffs that tower 450’ above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes, unique flora and fauna make up the natural world of Sleeping Bear Dunes. High dunes afford spectacular views across the lake. An island lighthouse, US Life-Saving Service stations, coastal villages, and picturesque farmsteads reflect the park’s rich maritime, agricultural, and recreational history.


Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

  • 163.8 Shoreline Miles
  • 31,437.3 Marine Water Acres
  • Along windswept beaches and cliffs, visitors experience where water meets land and sky, culture meets culture, and past meets present. The 21 islands and 12 miles of mainland host a unique blend of cultural and natural resources. Lighthouses shine over Lake Superior and the new wilderness areas. Visitors can hike, paddle, sail, or cruise to experience these Jewels of Lake Superior.


Indiana Dunes National Park

  • 17.0 Shoreline Miles
  • 571.9 Marine Water Acres
  • Indiana Dunes National Park hugs 15 miles of the southern shore of Lake Michigan and has much to offer. Whether you enjoy scouting for rare species of birds or flying kites on the sandy beach, the national park's 15,000 acres will continually enchant you. Hikers will enjoy 50 miles of trails over rugged dunes, mysterious wetlands, sunny prairies, meandering rivers and peaceful forests.


Grand Portage National Monument

  • 0.7 Shoreline Miles
  • Travel into the past to discover the present. Explore the partnership of the Grand Portage Ojibwe and the North West Company during the North American fur trade and the NPS today. Follow pathways into a distant time. Experience the sights and smells of a bustling depot reconstructed in its exact location. Hear the beat of the drum echo over Gichigami - Lake Superior.


Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial

  • 0.6 Shoreline Miles
  • 2.0 Marine Water Acres
  • Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial was established to honor those who fought in the Battle of Lake Erie, during the War of 1812, and to celebrate the long-lasting peace among Great Britain, Canada and the U.S. The Memorial, a Doric column, rising 352 feet over Lake Erie is situated 5 miles from the longest undefended border in the world.

Last updated: June 7, 2021


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