Description - Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore hugs 40 miles of the northern Michigan shoreline along Lake Superior. It is an extension of the western portion of Hiawatha National Forest. The site is characterized by multicolored sandstone cliffs, broad beaches, sand bars, dunes, waterfalls, inland lakes, ponds, marshes, hardwood and coniferous forests. Numerous birds and animals comprise this scenic area on Lake Superior.
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
The park consists of two zones: The Lakeshore Zone, owned and managed by the National Park Service, and the Inland Buffer Zone, a mixture of federal, state, and private ownership. Together these nearly 72,000 acres protect a portion of Lake Superior's shoreline and watershed.
- This National Lakeshore provides a variety of activities for visitors of all interests and skill levels throughout the year. Two areas, the Munising and the Grand Marais, each feature a visitor center that provides detailed recreation information about their immediate area and the entire Lakeshore park. During the summer hiking, backpacking, sightseeing and beachcombing occupy many Lakeshore visitors. Use of park waters by anglers, sea kayakers and other boaters is also popular.
Fall and spring offer stream fishing for salmon and trout. Displays of beautiful multicolored foliage, coupled with the opportunity to hunt large and small game, mark the fall season. A variety of spring wildflowers draw the nature photographer.
Winter offers cross-country skiing on groomed and tracked trails as well as outback bushwhacking. Snowshoeing and ice fishing are popular activities. Snowmobilers ride a designated route beginning east of Munising along CR H-58 connecting with Miner's Castle Road then another six miles to Miner's Castle Overlook.
Recreation - Visitors are welcome all year at the park enabling them an opportunity to enjoy hiking, backpacking, sightseeing, fishing, boating, paddling, nature study, snowshoeing, limited snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.
The 42.8-mile Lakeshore Trail between Munising and Grand Marais is a component of the North Country Scenic Trail (NCT). A connector trail through Munising links the Pictured Rocks Section with the NCT segment through the Hiawatha National Forest south of Munising. The NCT winds across the United State from the Vermont-New York border to western North Dakota.
Climate - The Upper Peninsula normally experiences mild summers with average temperatures near 70 degrees F (21 degrees C). Winter temperatures average 14 degrees F (-10 degrees C). Rain and snowmelt in the region can reach up to 160 inches annually. Travelers should be aware that significant amounts of snow could fall within a relatively short period of time resulting in hazardous road conditions.
This National Lakeshore encompasses 42 miles of Lake Superior shoreline in northern Michigan. It is located between Munising and Grand Marais, Michigan, and can be accessed from State Highways 77, east, and 28, west.