Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore


Contact Information:

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
N8391 Sand Point Road
P.O. Box 40
Munising, MI 49862-0040
Visitor Information
(906) 387-3700

Additional Information:
Official Park Page

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Great Lakes Lighthouses: American and Canadian
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Fodor's Official Guide to America's National Parks
National Geographic Guide to the National Parks of the United States

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Multicolored sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, inland lakes, wildlife and the forest of the Lake Superior shoreline beckon visitors to explore this 73,000+ acre park.

Attractions include a lighthouse and former Coast Guard life-saving stations along with old farmsteads and former logging trails. The park is a four season recreational destination where hiking, camping, hunting, nature study, and winter activities abound. At its widest point the Lakeshore is only five miles and hugs the Superior shoreline for more than 40 miles. This was the first National Lakeshore and was authorized in 1966.

Mission Statement of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: Our shared mission is to conserve the ecosystem integrity of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, a mosaic of geologic, biologic, scenic, and historic features, offering opportunities for recreation, education, inspiration and enjoyment forever.


Pictured Rocks/Hiawatha Forest Visitor Information Center - Visitors to the lakeshore area should begin their stay with a visit to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore/Hiawtha National Forest Visitor Information Center. There you can obtain information on a variety of recreation resources in the lakeshore and the Hiawatha National Forest area. The center also maintains schedules of interpretive activities presented by Park and Forest Rangers. The center also features an attractive pictorial exhibit area and a Hiawatha Interpretive Association sales area where visitors can purchase posters, slides, and a variety of publications which will foster a greater understanding of the region. Located at the junction of state highway M-28 and county road H-58 in Munising. (906) 387-3700.

Grand Sable Visitor Center - Nestled at the foot of the Grand Sable Dunes, the Grand Sable Visitor Center is located near the east end of the lakeshore and the beginning of the Lakeshore segment of the North Country Trail. A Park Ranger is on duty to assist hikers, backpackers, and nature enthusiasts with information geared at making their stay more enjoyable. A bookstore is located here as well. E21090 Country Road H58, one mile west of Grand Marais. (906) 494-2660.

Miners Castle Information Station - Miners Castle facilities include restrooms, paved overlook trails, wayside exhibits, and access to the North Country Trail. The Miners Castle Information Station includes a small Eastern National cooperating association bookstore. End of Miners Castle Road, 6 miles north of county road H-58.

Munising Falls Interpretive Center - Located next to Munising Falls, the interpretive center features displays on the rich natural and cultural history of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Exhibits on early iron smelting, geology, forest history, rare and endangered species, logging, and recreation portray the diversity of our nation's first national lakeshore.1505 Sand Point Road in Munising (across from Munising Memorial Hospital).


Getting There:
Michigan state highways M-28 and M-94 lead to Munising; state highway M-77 leads to Grand Marais. County road H-58 and other spur roads provide access throughout the park.