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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  Basic information for visitors to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Upper Michigan, between Munising and Grand Marais

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Upper Michigan, between Munising and Grand Marais

 

Only 5 mi across at its widest point, this 73,236-acre park hugs the Lake Superior shoreline for 40 mi and shows off some of Michigan's most attractive landscapes. Multicolored sandstone cliffs, rocky beaches, and gently sloping sand dunes decorate the parks fringes, while the inland areas are filled out by thundering waterfalls, placid lakes, and northern hardwood forests that shelter a multitude of animal species. The lakeshore was authorized on October 15, 1966.

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO

Backpacking, boating, canoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing, ice fishing, kayaking, hiking, hunting, picnicking, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, wildlife watching. Facilities: 5 visitor centers: Park Headquarters (N8391 Sand Point Rd., Munising), Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Hiawatha National Forest, 400 E. Munising Ave., junction of Rte. 28 and Rte. 58, Munising), Grand Sable Visitor Center (E21090 Rte. 58, 1 mi west of Grand Marais), Munising Falls Interpretive Center (1505 Sand Point Rd., Munising), and Miners Castle Information Station (N9310 Miners Castle Rd., near Munising); information kiosk, interpretive exhibits, museum, guided and self-guided tours, hiking trails. Bookstores, picnic tables with fire grills. Programs & Events: Au Sable Light Station tours (July-Labor Day, Fri-Tues.); Artist-in-Residence public programs (generally two weeks in spring or fall); Michigan Great Outdoors Culture Tour (6 times in July and Aug.). Tips & Hints: Expect summer highs near 90°F, with much cooler evenings and below-freezing temperatures in winter. Watch for Lake Superior storms year-round. Bring layered clothing and rain gear. Use caution when hiking cliff trails and while swimming, wading, or boating. Bring insect repellent in late spring or early summer when black flies and mosquitoes are out in force. Much of the main access road (Rte. 58) is unpaved and uneven in sections. Busiest July and Aug., least crowded Oct.-May.

 

FOOD, LODGING & SUPPLIES

& Camping: 3 campgrounds ($10; pit toilets) in the park: Hurricane River (21 sites; closed Nov.-mid-May), Little Beaver Lake (8 sites; closed mid-Oct.-Apr.), Twelvemile Beach (36 sites). Backcountry camping allowed (reservations available, permit required, see below). In Munising: Wandering Wheels Jellystone Campground (E10160 Rte. 28 E, tel. 906/387-1580; 215 sites; $20-$33; flush toilets, showers, hook-ups). Hotels: None in park. In Munising: Best Western (Rte. 28 E, tel. 906/387-4864; 80 rooms; $89). In Grand Marais: North Shore Lodge (Coastguard Point Rd., Rte. 77, tel. 906/494-2361; 41 rooms, 9 cottages; $77, $410-$470 per week for cottages). X Restaurants: None in park. In Au Train: Brownstone Inn (E4635 Rte. 28, tel. 906/892-8332; $4-$9; closed 1st 2 wks in Nov. and Mon. from Labor Day to Memorial Day). In Grand Marais: West Bay Diner & Delicatessen (Corner of Veterans and Woodruff Sts., tel. 906/494-2607; $4-$12; closed 4-6 weeks in late fall and 4-6 weeks in early spring, no dinner in winter). & Groceries & Gear: None in park. In Munising: Bobs IGA (131 W. Superior St., Munising, tel. 906/387-4073).

 

FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS

Free. Backcountry permit ($8 per person per night, $15 tent sites for up to 6, $30 group sites for 7-20) required for all backcountry camping. Reservations by fax or mail only (Box 40, Munising, MI 49862-0040, fax 906/387-4457). Michigan state hunting and fishing license ($7-$ 14 for one day) required. Daily summer boat tours of park (late May-mid-Oct., tel. 906/387-2379) depart from Munising. Altran runs summer backpacker shuttle service (reservation required, tel. 906/387-4845). No motorized or wheeled vehicles, pets, or domestic pack animals in backcountry. Leashed pets only in day-use areas and drive-in campgrounds. No hunting Apr-Labor Day. No hunting in visitor-use areas. Park open daily. Park headquarters open weekdays 8-4:30. Munising Visitor Center open mid-May-early June and Labor Day-mid-Oct., daily 9-5; early June-Labor Day, daily 8-6; mid-Oct.-mid-May, Mon-Sat. 9-4:30. Grand Sable Visitor Center open late May-Labor Day, daily 9-5:30. Miners Castle Information Station open Memorial Day-Labor Day, daily 9:30-5.

 

HOW TO GET THERE

Via Rte. 58 between Munising and Grand Marais; reach Munising via Rte. 28 and Grand Marais via Rte. 77. Closest airports: Marquette (55 mi), Escanaba (65 mi).

 

CONTACTS

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore (Box 40, N8391 Sand Point Rd., Munising, MI 49862-0040, tel. 906/387-3700 information; 906/387-2607 headquarters,). Alger Chamber of Commerce (521 Rte. 28 E, Munising, MI 49862, tel. 906/387-2138). Grand Marais Chamber of Commerce (Box 139, Grand Marais, MI 49839, tel. 906/ 494-2447). Grand Marais Maritime Museum (Coast Guard Point, Grand Marais, E22030 Coast Guard Point Rd.).

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  Basic information for visitors to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Upper Michigan, between Munising and Grand Marais