Michigan’s Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore offers opportunities to explore some of the most varied coastline in the United States without visiting the ocean. The area became America’s first national lakeshore in 1966. Its 42 miles (68 kilometers) of shoreline range from colorful sandstone cliffs to windswept dunes and white beaches. Dip your toes in chilly Lake Superior as you gaze over the clear waters of America’s largest and deepest lake.
The park offers a wealth of activities year-round. See its sandstone cliffs rising up to 200 feet (60 meters) above the lake, with multiple colors inspiring the name of pictured rocks. Hike along the 90 miles (145 kilometers) of the park’s trails to discover special surprises in every season.
Look for trillium, jack-in-the-pulpit and trailing arbutus flowers in spring. Travel by boat along the shoreline for a unique perspective. Bridalveil Falls is visible only from the lake, with optimum water flow in the spring. Fish for trout and bass in the three lakes and five streams of the Beaver Basin Wilderness.
In summer, kayak, scuba dive or take a glass-bottom boat to some of the many shipwrecks along this treacherous coastline. Look down through 20 feet (6 meters) of clear water at Spray Falls to observe the 1856 shipwreck of the Superior sidewheel steamship. Visit the Au Sable Light Station, built in 1873, and other lighthouses installed to help sailors navigate Lake Superior’s southern shoreline. Be prepared for briskly cold water if you want to swim.
Autumn brings the opportunity to enjoy fall colors or hunt for white-tailed deer, grouse, woodcock, bear and snowshoe hare. In winter, cross-country ski or snowshoe along the trails or try ice climbing between Munising Falls and Sand Point.
Drive 1 hour east of Marquette Michigan to reach Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Boat tours of the park leave from Munising, just minutes away. Summer and winter camping is available in the park. For a double treat, visit the long and majestic Mackinac Bridge connecting Michigan’s two peninsulas and then drive about 2 hours northwest to the shoreline. The park is open year-round with free entrance.
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This cottage is nicely set away from all the hubbub, with a beautiful view of the low dunes down to the lake. It is clean and well equipped. Susan is very helpful in terms of providing information about the cottage and about the activities available in the area.If you would like some solitude and ...
It was so nice to have firewood at the campfire pit. The only thing that I would suggest is to have a microwave.
Great little place right in town with everything you need! Krissy was great and if we needed anything we just called.
We had a great stay. Loved the location.
Great place to stay for snowmobiling. walk to restaurants. House is beautiful cabin with loft and two bedrooms. lots of space for many people including fun basement with pool table.. Will be coming back.
Very nice, Very relaxing. Thanks so much!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Gus and Jill’s. It was just as described; clean, cozy and the kitchen had everything you could need. I loved the counter space to make meals. It was very nice to have a washer and dryer also. It is a quiet street even with school starting the week we were there! ...
We stayed in a 2 bedroom cabin. It was clean and lovely. Not great water pressure in shower. The continental breakfast had very few options so we had to go elsewhere. Otherwise the owners were friendly. The area is gorgeous.