What You Need to Know About Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

A treasure trove of natural beauty awaits you in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. While choosing where to start can be a tough task, every visitor needs to have Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on their list. This stunning stretch of coastline bordering Lake Superior offers some of the best outdoor recreation and sightseeing in the entire state!

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What Can You Do at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore?


So, you want to explore Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore? Well, there are more than a handful of ways to do it. One of the best options for viewing the stunning natural coastline of the Upper Peninsula is by getting out on the water. Kayaking is incredibly popular here, and it provides visitors with an up-close and personal opportunity to see the marvelous rock formations formed by years of erosion from Lake Superior. 

While kayaking can be a fun and exciting experience, make sure you take plenty of precautionary measures to prepare yourself. The lake can be extremely dangerous, even for experienced kayakers. Check out the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore website for tips and other information regarding this activity.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore also offers plenty of bike trails, fishing opportunities, day hikes, and swimming during the summer. You can also take a boat tour of the coastline (a safer alternative to kayaking). Snowmobiling, ice climbing, snowshoeing, and cross country skiing are fun things to do in the wintertime at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

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In addition to the many activities at Pictured Rocks Lakeshore, you’ll find an incredible array of sights that are worth a visit alone. Pictured Rocks cliffs are the main attraction here, and specific areas like the Petit Portal Arch, Miners Castle, and Chapel Rock, are very popular. The majestic Grand Sable Banks and a collection of beaches also offer stunning views of Lake Superior. You’ll also find more than a half-dozen waterfalls pouring into the lake during the summer, making hiking a must if you really want to see the true beauty of this one-of-a-kind place. You can also explore ice caves during the winter months!

Fees, Hours, and Other Information

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is open during all four seasons! Check their website for changing operating hours regarding the several Visitor Centers stationed around the park. There are no entrance fees, but you may need to purchase a permit depending on what you plan on doing while visiting. As always, be safe, respect the park, and have fun!

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