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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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Music Makers Cottage
Music Makers Cottage

Music Makers Cottage

Grand Marais, MI
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the beach, this cottage is within 2 mi (3 km) of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Twelvemile Beach, and 12-Mile Beach. Lake Superior is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) away.

    Lakeside Cabin Located in the Heart of Michigan's Upper Peninsula!
    Lakeside Cabin Located in the Heart of Michigan's Upper Peninsula!

    Lakeside Cabin Located in the Heart of Michigan's Upper Peninsula!

    Shingleton, MI
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated on a lake, this cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Twelvemile Beach, and Lake Superior. 12-Mile Beach is 7.9 mi (12.8 km) away.

      Pictured Rocks Area Lake Front Cottage in Upper Peninsula Michigan
      Pictured Rocks Area Lake Front Cottage in Upper Peninsula Michigan

      Pictured Rocks Area Lake Front Cottage in Upper Peninsula Michigan

      Shingleton, MI
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated on a lake, this cottage is within 12 mi (20 km) of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Lake Superior, and Twelvemile Beach. 12-Mile Beach and Chapel Beach are also within 20 mi (32 km).

        Stay at the Breakwall Lodge With Lake Superior View!
        Stay at the Breakwall Lodge With Lake Superior View!

        Stay at the Breakwall Lodge With Lake Superior View!

        Grand Marais, MI
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          This family-friendly Grand Marais lodge is located on the waterfront, just steps from Pickle Barrel House Museum and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum and Light Keepers House Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

          I Block From the Trail & 2 Blocks to Restaurants/gas/bars/plenty of Parking $225
          I Block From the Trail & 2 Blocks to Restaurants/gas/bars/plenty of Parking

          I Block From the Trail & 2 Blocks to Restaurants/gas/bars/plenty of Parking

          Grand Marais, MI
             
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Grand Marais, this historic cottage is steps from Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Pickle Barrel House Museum and Light Keepers House Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

            Big Red a Newly Renovated 4 Bedroom Historic Home in the Heart of Grand Marais!
            Big Red a Newly Renovated 4 Bedroom Historic Home in the Heart of Grand Marais!

            Big Red a Newly Renovated 4 Bedroom Historic Home in the Heart of Grand Marais!

            Grand Marais, MI
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Grand Marais, this vacation home is steps from Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Pickle Barrel House Museum and Light Keepers House Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

              Hilltop Cabins and Motel
              Hilltop Cabins and Motel

              Hilltop Cabins and Motel

              N14176 Ellen St, Grand Marais, MI
                 
                2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the beach, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Pickle Barrel House Museum and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum and Light Keepers House Museum are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Perfect Location in Grand Marais
                Perfect Location in Grand Marais

                Perfect Location in Grand Marais

                Grand Marais, MI
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Grand Marais, this vacation home is steps from Pickle Barrel House Museum and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Gitche Gumee Agate and History Museum and Light Keepers House Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).