National Parks / Natural World

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Munising

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Alger Country Road H-58
Munising
MI
49862
Tel: 906 387-3700

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is located on the south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, between the communities of Munising (west) and Grand Marais (east).

Where are we going today?

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is actually America's FIRST National Lakeshore - did you know that? Pretty impressive, but we can see why! It's unlike any other place on Lake Superior, and gives the family a chance to explore the miles of pristine and beautiful beaches, as well as over 100 miles of hiking trails! Better get some comfortable boots!

During spring, it's a whole different world with the trails covered with pretty and colorful wildflowers, and summer gives you those wonderfully warm days for kids to play in!

Fall brings those amazing colors in the leaves which kids will always love crunching them under their feet as they falls, and winter lights up the forests with snow - great to play in!

All year round there is something to do at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore - for everyone in the family! Budding photographers will love the spring wildflowers, and those anglers in the family will love relaxing with a fishing rod getting ready to catch some fish.

Over summer you can get out onto the lake and enjoy some boating, as well as hiking those 100 miles! Camping is always a great way to extend your family day out if you fancy staying just that little bit longer!

Don't let winter stop you either! Ice fishing, snow-mobiling, snow shoeing and cross country skiing are all great activities that the family can get stuck in.

With kids, the best thing to do is stop at the Visitor Center to get maps and info, and cool things to do and even any wildlife, so you can try and spot them. Then if there are any guided talks or walks, you won't miss out! 

Amazing fun in nature with Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore...don't forget your camera with all that wildlife! 

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How much does it cost?

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LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Visitor Center hours are around 9am - 5pm.

All year round.

Teachers corner

Theres a lot of history at the lakeshore, so students not only get an experience in nature, but also the stories of the early Native Americans who travelled there! .

I'm Hungry!

Pack a picnic and have a delicious meal with the family surrounded by sun and nature!.

Healthy Eating!

Don't forget those bottles of water and healthy snacks - especially in summer and if you are hiking. Most important! .

Any Top Tips?

Get the kids participating in the Junior Ranger program! It's a great way for them to get stuck into a bunch of fun activities and even get a badge and certificate! .

Doing our bit

The park do their best to protect everything that calls the park home, so help them out by picking up any rubbish!.

Need a little extra help?

The visitor centers are disabled accessible, and some of the campground sites are accessible. Some trails are as well. .

Can I get one of those?

We hope you don't mean nature! Try not to pick the wild flowers as they are so much prettier alive!.

More information

Check the different Visitor Center opening times depending on which entrance you are using. .

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    Throughout my life, I've travelled many places in the United States, and I've never seen anything as unique as Pictured Rocks - put simply, it is my favorite National Park. The ancient rock strata of the cliffs are otherworldly in terms of texture & color (entirely different than the Painted Desert/southwest), and the incredibly clear turquoise & emerald waters of Superior look like something out of the tropics on a sunny day, especially with its waves lapping the gorgeous white sand beaches of the area.

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    Truly a hidden gem. Over July 4th weekend there were hardly any crowds and the weather and scenery was just phenomenal.

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    Great scenic view of various rock formations from cruise. It will be cold. So, dress appropriately.

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    Amazing views. Few visitors and plenty of great hikes. Just plan on going later in the summer since we went camping in early June and the temp dropped below 20 degrees at night.

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    Very rugged , strikingly beautiful, and largely inaccessible. Be prepared to spend some time here and put some miles on your legs if you really want to see it. Of the places relatively easy to access by car, my favorites were Sable Falls and the Au Sable Lighthouse.

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Throughout my life, I've travelled many places in the United States, and I've never seen anything as unique as Pictured Rocks - put simply, it is my favorite National Park. The ancient rock strata of the cliffs are otherworldly in terms of texture & color (entirely different than the Painted Desert/southwest), and the incredibly clear turquoise & emerald waters of Superior look like something out of the tropics on a sunny day, especially with its waves lapping the gorgeous white sand beaches of the area.

And yet there you are...above the 45th parallel in the northern US...camping & hiking miles of coastal trails in beautiful & richly-scented dense northern forests of sugar, stripped, and red maple, beech, yellow birch, hemlock, spruce, tamarack, alder, and white cedar, as you pass enchanting waterfalls, wild blueberry bushes, countless wildflowers (some rather rare), and even incredibly out-of-place arctic crowberry & dwarf raspberry plants along the way as well.

Go here. It's amazing.

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