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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Munising
Categories: National Parks, Wildlife Areas, Nature & Parks
Pictured Rocks Lakeshore is located on the south shore of Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, between the communities of Munsiing and Grand Marais. Over 73,000 acres are protected for recreation, solitude, adventure, natural process and ecosystems, and cultural history for current and future generations.For Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and beyond, use our Munising itinerary builder to get the most from your Munising vacation.
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Must do! Stop at the visitors center, pick up a map and hit all the main stops. Plenty of hiking and waterfall options.
Loved the Picture Rocks Boat Tours. Cool weather didn't deter our family. Even on a cloudy day our photos were fabulous.
We couldn't believe how beautiful Lake Superior looked from the coast of Michigan. The drive along M - 58 was colorful and reminded us of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Beautiful falls and the rock formation... read more »
This was am amazing hike, beautiful things to see, I have fantastic pictures. The campsites weren't too far apart, our average day off hiking was about 8 miles we did it in 4 or 5 days. It rained the last day so we hiked 12 miles that day. Anyway, my only complaint is mosquito island campground, they weren't kidding there was thousands of mosquito's. We literally got there and set up the tent and stayed there until we fell asleep, it was really bad. Also the hike the day before we got there had no water access almost all day, I thought I was hoping to die so if you do it make sure to fill up a bunch of liters of water. I wanted to see a bear but we didn't. There was so many chipmunks and they would come close, like inches away. So cute! It was great!
Benjamin J.G. Moore
We completed a seven day backpacking trip alongside this majestic lakeshore. We experience frigid streams ending in picturesque waterfalls dropping right of the cliffs into Lake Superior, vast power white sand dunes, and untouched driftwood-lined beaches with multicolored pebble bars. We had this wilderness to ourselves seeing only one other backpacking group. Watch for notoriously fierce weather bringing chilling cold fronts, drenching rains, and possible snow almost all times of year.
We just had a day here, sadly. I could have spent more time doing hikes and kayaking. What we did see was beautiful and hard to remember that it was a lake and not the ocean. Even from the viewpoints, were were able to see the steep cliffs pretty well. I think, though, this park would be truly appreciated on a kayaking tour. Pictured Rocks is another on a long list of reasons to visit the Upper Peninsula.
Breathtaking views of some of Michigan's most unique lakeshore. I highly recommend doing the ~10 mile hike up to Chapel Rock, along the cliffs to Mosquito Beach and back in a loop. Really enjoyable to go waterfall hunting in the area around Munising as well. Stop at the information center right off the main road in Munising to get maps and information.
I would give it 2.5 stars if we were allowed to do half stars, but because of the scenery I can't give it 2-stars. It's a nice park, however I thought it was a bit over-crowded. Especially with the trouble I went through just to find an open campsite. Most campgrounds were fully booked, and there were several hike-to group campsites that had several different groups of boy scouts camping on them. I came looking for peace and solitude, but really didn't find any. I took several hikes to different waterfalls, one of them over 4-miles one way. The views offered by land were spectacular. Passerby-ers were friendly and sometimes offered tips on where the best vantage point is. One of the waterfall overlooks I was at was so crowded, though, that I could barely see the waterfall itself. I did hike over 16-miles of marked trails in the two and-a-half days I was there. Wonderful hiking with no mosquitoes, only the occasional barn fly or two. It was nice to visit this first time, but I don't think I'll be going back anytime soon. Too crowded and having to spend nearly two-hours driving around to find an open campsite. (I even ran into someone who camped in his car in a parking lot because of the lack of open sites.) ...and I should say I visited on a Mon-Weds not connected to any holidays in early August.
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