Year Round Beauty
Whispered in the Sounds of Silence
Munising has a multitude of year-round silent sport activities for you to enjoy. Experience the Pictured Rocks area & “Find Your Adventure!”. Kayaking, canoeing, hiking, biking, golfing, fishing, boating, ice climbing, cross-country skiing, & snow shoeing are just a few of the area’s activities to enjoy. Photo by Gina Harman
Kayaking the Shores of
Gitchee Gumee, the Ojibwa (Native American) name for Lake Superior, has inspired all who have stood on her shores or paddled her waters.
Sea Kayaking has gained popularity in the Munising Area over the past several years. Whether you’re an experienced kayaker or new to the sport, the Munising area offers many paddling opportunities. Miles of colorful sandstone cliffs 50-200 feet high rise from Lake Superior’s rugged shoreline and long stretches of white sand beach invite kayakers to explore the beautiful Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
There are a number of ‘put-in points’ along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore including Sand Point, Twelvemile Beach, Hurricane River, Miner’s Beach, Grand Island Landing, Anna River, AuTrain River and the Munising boat launch.
Lake Superior can be as dangerous as it is beautiful. There is no shoreline along the rocks and some kayakers have found themselves in situations they had not anticipated. Because conditions on Lake Superior can change quickly, it’s highly recommended to go with a experienced guide.
Munising Cross Country Skiing
A great place to enjoy winter silent sports is Valley Spur. It is a great Alger County destination. Many cross country skiers visit here throughout the winter season. Valley Spur is located just 5 miles from Munising, MI in the beautiful and scenic Hiawatha National Forest. Take M-94 heading south west of Munising to 8017 ST Highway M-94.
Valley Spur features a 27 mile cross country ski trail system. This is groomed on a daily basis and as needed. Trails are prepared for the Dec, Jan, Feb, & March months and are ready to explore by classic ski and skate. Their down hill trails situated so that skiers have a good clear sight of other ski enthusiasts – making this a safe and enjoyable adventure for all ages. With the deep snow base that Valley Spur encounters during the winter months, it ensures a really unique skiing experience.For more information: www.valleyspur.org
Photo by Donna Shields
Alger County Snowshoeing
Valley Spur offers guests a great snowshoe trail called the “Snowman” rated: moderate difficulty. It is 1.8 miles of gorgeous terrain that loops making this course fun for all. This is also the snowshoe course for the annual “Snowman Triathlon”. Because the course can be challenging, wearing crampon style snowshoes is best (this is the type with teeth on the bottom). Enthusiasts who choose to where the traditional style of wooden snowshoes may encounter some real struggles on some of the more steep hills throughout the loop.
We encourage you to get outdoors and ski or snow shoe Valley Spur during the winter time. It is a great place for you and your family to enjoy the snow and the tranquil terrain of Alger County.
“Take a quiet stroll through the woods and enjoy the beauty that Valley Spur has to offer.”
Hiking & Exploring!
There is so much to see and do in the Munising Michigan area. Visitors love to explore the trails that lead throughout the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to view the many great points of interest. The area is filled with incredible scenery, wildlife and birds to view.
Also consider the exploration of Grand Island – Munising’s best kept secret Choose one of our many trails that lead to memories and great sights to see throughout the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.
With plenty of biking trails throughout the county, Munising has a great adventure in store for you.
Many of our events are eco friendly and involve soft adventure such as the Anna River Pedalers event pictured to the right. The goal of the group is to promote interest, education, and involvement in bicycling and other silent sports. Every year since 2004, the group has held the “Tour Da Woods Race” in September.
Make sure to check out our Calendar of Events to stay on top of the great activities that occur in our area. Biking, running, kayaking, and motorcycle events are just a few of the great events held annually.