Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Pictured Rocks
Munising, Michigan's Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Munising, Michigan invites you to come and discover the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.   Comprised of colorful weathered sandstone, The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is an ongoing work of art created by Mother Nature. Trace minerals seep from the cracks of the sandstone leaving distinct color stains from different minerals. Then with the help of wind, lake water, rain, snow, lightning, and hail - the rocks are eroded and sculpted into their current forms.  Come and experience the majesty and wonder of the Pictured Rocks up close.

Visitors often begin there adventure to the park with a stop at the Visitor Center for the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Hiawatha National Forest. Located at the H-58 and M-28 junction, the Center has a wide range of valuable information for the Pictured Rocks Area: Maps, Brochures, Permits, Weather Forecasts, Trail Conditions, Information on Waterfalls, and more.

The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Photo by Craig Blacklock from the
"Pictured Rocks Land and Sea" book.

Craig Blacklock's Website: 
www.blacklockgallery.com

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.

Formations Erode and Change
Gradual changes can be seen in the Grand Portal above. Its huge arch formation continues to erode causing the sandstone to fill in the archway below. Sometimes changes happen overnight. Miners Castle is probably the most recognizable formation of the Pictured Rocks and on 4/13/06 it lost one of its two towers or "turrets". After falling into Lake Superior, it changed the appearance of the castle immensely.

Visitors are asked to be very careful when visiting, stay clear of the cliff edges, and please stay on the trails. Photo of Indian Head formation by Craig Blacklock.


The Munising Formation

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!

Munising Interactive Map
Visit our Munising Interactive Map to see all the featured Pictured Rocks items below and their locations.  The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Icon to the left will guide you to the many great places to visit in and around Munising Michigan.


Miners Castle

The Miners Castle formation is located within the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore approximately 6.5 miles east of Munising, MI on Alger County Road H58. Then continue travelling 5 miles north on Miners Castle Road to the parking area. The visitors platform is just a short walk and provides ample opportunity for photography and viewing. Miners Castle is probably the most recognizable of all formations within the Pictured Rocks National Park and Lakeshore. There are plenty of interpretive exhibits at the Miners Castle area along with visitors center. In 2006, Miners Castle lost one of turrets caused by erosion.


Miners Beach

Miners Beach is located approximately 6 1/2 miles east of Munising, MI. It is situated within the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and is found on Alger County Road H58, then head 6 miles north on Miners Castle Road. This beautiful beach is perfect for swimmers, picnics and beach enthusiasts. Kid Rock also filmed his Music Video, "Born Free" here on the shores of Miners Beach - see our featured video for a sample of what you can expect when visiting! With over 73,000 acres of Lake Superior shoreline, come and enjoy our beaches. This spot along the shore is a great place to relax and enjoy a very beautiful beach.


Chapel Rock

Chapel Falls is an 80 ft scenic waterfall located within the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Park. Its water is derived from Section Creek. There is a long hike to this waterfall - aproximately one hour. Located within the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Park, this beautiful waterfall is located East of Miner's Castle. Traveling West on H58 from Munising, MI, you will drive aproximately 15 miles. About 1 1/2 miles past Melstrand, MI you will see a sign "Chapel Area" on your left. Stay to the right and follow the signs. You will need to hike aprox 2 miles one way from the parking area. Photo by Gina Harman of Velvet Green Creations.


Grand Portal

The Grand Portal Point is a well known feature found within the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. It has gone through some major transformations since its first collapse in the year of 1900. This beautiful arch can be seen for miles because of its size and grandeur. This is a fantastic place for viewers from boat tours, kayakers, and pontoon boats. These remote areas are best kayaked with a guide or if your an expert. Grand Portal is the highest point along the Pictured Rocks and located a few miles North West from Munising, after the tour passes Mosquito Beach.


Indian Head

Indian Head is located along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. This incredible formation indeed looks like a profile of a Native American, hence the name. Also, Native Americans came to this from many regions to trade goods and metals on Grand Island. This has been a place of legend and lore fore many years. Come and enjoy the over 73,000 acres of Lake Superior shoreline and National Park that make up this incredible natural wonder. This is best viewed by tour boat.


Twelve Mile Beach

Twelve Mile Beach is located within the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and can be accessed at the Twelve Mile Beach Campground. This is located 16 miles west of Grand Marais, Michigan on Alger County Rd H58. This is a isolated beach found shortly after Spray Falls. This is a great place to visit, enjoy, relax and stroll along the sandy shores of Lake Superior.


Grand Sable Banks

The Grand Sable Banks rise some 300 feet above Lake Superior. On top of the banks lie the Grand Sable Dunes. The story of their origin is steeped in the frigid depths of the last ice age. Todays Grand Sable Banks formed as Lake Superior fell from its most recent high, about 500 years ago. As sand supply diminishes Jack pine and other conifers invade the plateau. A layer of topsoil once again begins to be deposited in the forest floor. Over centuries the level of Lake Superior has risen and fallen, undercutting the baser of the sand banks. Prevailing northwest winds have whipped the unstable sand upslope, piling it in dunes atop of the banks.


Log Slide

The Log Slide is located approximately 7 miles west of Grand Marais, MI. It is on Alger County Road H58. From there you will have to was almost a mile north on Log Slide Road. Lumberjack stories tell the tales of the Log Slide and how the chute would catch on fire from the generation of friction from the logs travelling down to the water. From this point, you can view the Grand Sable Banks and Dunes and its also a great place to view the top of the AuSable Light State just to the west of the Log Slide.

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