Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Observe picturesque cliffs, shoreline, waterfalls and beaches at this secluded area along Upper Michigan’s Lake Superior coastline.

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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The Bear Den on the snowmobile trail and between Munising and Grand Marais
The Bear Den on the snowmobile trail and between Munising and Grand Marais
Shingleton, MI
The price is $111 per night from Nov 17 to Nov 17
Situated on a lake, this vacation home is 12.1 mi (19.4 km) from 12-Mile Beach and within 25 mi (40 km) of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Log Slide Scenic ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (22 reviews)
Best of Both worlds
"Traveled to stay in the Bear Den after spending the previous week backpacking Isle Royal. It was so nice to have the cabin near Pictured Rocks. The setting is so peaceful and relaxing. The cabin is clean and cozy. Everything you need. We highly recommend. Obviously this is a year round cabin with ..."

Reviewed on Oct 8, 2021

The Bear Den on the snowmobile trail and between Munising and Grand Marais
All seasons, fully furnished lakefront cottage, within minutes of Pictured Rocks
All seasons, fully furnished lakefront cottage, within minutes of Pictured Rocks
Shingleton, MI
Nestled on the beach, this Shingleton cottage is 10.1 mi (16.2 km) from Twelvemile Beach and 10.1 mi (16.2 km) from 12-Mile Beach. Log Slide Scenic Overlook ...
5/5 Exceptional! (13 reviews)
Quiet and Peaceful Retreat
"Stayed at this property with my parents during our vacation to the UP. Jill was a very responsive host and was great at answering any questions we had. The house was exactly what we were looking for, located lakeside and in a quiet area. We were able to utilize the kayaks and canoes provided to explore ..."

Reviewed on Sep 30, 2021

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All seasons, fully furnished lakefront cottage, within minutes of Pictured Rocks
Welcome to The Nauti Pine Lodge
Welcome to The Nauti Pine Lodge
Shingleton, MI
Situated on the waterfront, this vacation home is within 12 mi (20 km) of Lake Superior, Twelvemile Beach, and 12-Mile Beach. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (14 reviews)
Anniversary Get Away
"The house was perfect very clean and had all we needed. Thank you so much."

Reviewed on Oct 12, 2021

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The Bear Den on the snowmobile trail and between Munising and Grand Marais
The Bear Den on the snowmobile trail and between Munising and Grand Marais
Shingleton, MI
The price is $111 per night from Nov 17 to Nov 17
The Bear Den on the snowmobile trail and between Munising and Grand Marais
All seasons, fully furnished lakefront cottage, within minutes of Pictured Rocks
All seasons, fully furnished lakefront cottage, within minutes of Pictured Rocks
Shingleton, MI
All seasons, fully furnished lakefront cottage, within minutes of Pictured Rocks
Welcome to The Nauti Pine Lodge
Welcome to The Nauti Pine Lodge
Shingleton, MI
Welcome to The Nauti Pine Lodge
Music Makers Cottage
Music Makers Cottage
Grand Marais, MI
Music Makers Cottage
Pictured Rocks area Lake Front Cottage  in Upper Peninsula Michigan
Pictured Rocks area Lake Front Cottage in Upper Peninsula Michigan
Shingleton, MI
Pictured Rocks area Lake Front Cottage in Upper Peninsula Michigan
Cozy cabin close to trails!
Cozy cabin close to trails!
Shingleton, MI
Cozy cabin close to trails!
Comfort Inn & Suites Munising-Lakefront
Comfort Inn & Suites Munising-Lakefront
2.5 out of 5
E 9388 EAST MUNISING AVE, Munising, MI
The price is $120 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
Comfort Inn & Suites Munising-Lakefront
BEAUTIFUL Log Cabin Retreat * Outdoor Activities * Snowmobile * Hike * ATV *
BEAUTIFUL Log Cabin Retreat * Outdoor Activities * Snowmobile * Hike * ATV *
Shingleton, MI
BEAUTIFUL Log Cabin Retreat * Outdoor Activities * Snowmobile * Hike * ATV *
Upscale Nature Retreat, Rec Room, Bar, Close to Chapel, Pic Rocks
Upscale Nature Retreat, Rec Room, Bar, Close to Chapel, Pic Rocks
Shingleton, MI
Upscale Nature Retreat, Rec Room, Bar, Close to Chapel, Pic Rocks
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.