Grand Island National Recreational Area

Grand Island
The Grand Island National Recreational Area is located just a 1/2 mile from Munising and is situated in the pristine waters of Lake Superior. It is part of the Hiawatha National Forest and offers a great educational and fun opportunity for all!

Echo LakeGrand Island is the perfect place to spend a day or even just a few hours hiking, biking, fishing, and exploring. The island’s breathtaking overlooks, pristine sandy beaches, fascinating cultural sites, deep hard woods, and inland lakes make it an exciting and secluded destination. The island has a history that dates back over 3,000 years. It has a very old cemetery that is part of the Bus Tour stop. Another interesting place of interest is Echo Lake. This is the largest social lake in the United State of America! A Social Lake is made purely by animals that are social. This one in particular was made by a group of beavers and has been around for many years.

Grand Island Harbor Range FrontVisitors can get to the island via passenger ferry or private watercraft. The ferry departs from Grand Island Landing on the mainland, located on M-28 about 2.5 miles west of Munising’s blinking light. Look for the Grand Island National Recreation Area signs.

There is a narrated bus tour available on the island that runs Memorial Day through Labor Day and the Grand Island Marathon is held here the last weekend of July every year.

For fee and schedule information or reservations, call (906) 387-3503 or visit