The Munising area has adventure around every corner. Working with nature, our community has promoted our very unique location and natural attractions. A multitude of unique treasures, we are an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. These selected places to visit are special in many ways. They offer so many outdoor activities for the entire family.
The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Enjoy the over 73,000 acres of Lake Superior shoreline and National Park that make up this incredible natural wonder! Whether you travel by boat, foot, bike, or snowmobile, you will love the views of Miner’s Castle, Bridal Falls, Indian Head, Chapel Rock, Grand Portal, Petit Arch and more.
Visitors are asked to be very careful when visiting, stay clear of the cliff edges, and please stay on the trails.
These cliffs of limestone are existing today because of the lime/sand stone named the Munising Formation. This occurrence is also responsible for the large amounts of waterfalls in the central part of the Upper Peninsula. This unique formation runs all the way from the Tahquamenon Falls to the Laughing Whitefish Falls. Many visitors and vacationers to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan enjoy the Pictured Rocks by Tour Boat. It is relaxing, educational, fun, and the views are breath taking. There are also fishing charter boats that can guide your way to a great catch on Lake Superior!
Rock River Canyon – Eben Ice Caves
The Ice Caves form each winter as water seeps though the walls of the Rock River Gorge. Although not “true” caves, they are made up of vertical walls of ice formed the seeping water, making this a great place to explore. These are different each year and fun for the entire family. The Eben Ice Caves are located West of Munising in the Rock River Canyon Wilderness which is part of the Hiawatha National Forest North of Eben Junction. It is situated 25 miles E of Marquette, 15 miles W of Munising. The wilderness is bounded on the east and north by FR-2279, 2276 and 2293. The south and east sides follow section lines.
The Hiawatha National Forest
The Hiawatha National Forest is comprised of two main districts in the Munising area. Big Island Lake Wilderness lies about 1/2 mile NW of the community of Stueben – 22 miles NW of the city of Manistique and about 18 miles southeast of the city of Munising.
“It’s a maturing forest of nearly a million acres that was created in 1931 from abandoned farms, razed logging tracts and lands devastated by forest fires. The “land that nobody wanted”, is now a working forest that provides timber products to support local communities and is a refuge for rare plants and animals.” Visit The Forest Service USDA website
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
Experience one of the most pristine havens in Michigan – Seney National Wildlife Refuge! The Seney National Wildlife Refuge is one of the Upper Peninsula’s major tourist attractions with over 88,000 visitors to the refuge annually. Animals abound and thrive within the 95,212 acres of wilderness, swamps, islands, and lakes. Beautiful Trumpeter Swans, osprey, deer, loons, moose, deer, turtles, geese, fish, eagles, and more will welcome your visit! The Seney National Wildlife Refuge is comprised of 95,212 acres of wilderness, swamps, islands, and lakes.