Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore offers an abundant array of activities and beautiful attractions for all to experience. Sandstone cliffs that climb as far as your eye can see, white sandy beaches with water more pristine than any tropical destination, waterfalls to view in the summer and climb during the winter, forests with rugged trails of every difficulty for bikers and hikers, whatever you’re looking for, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has it.
Located on the shoreline of Lake Superior in Munising, Pictured Rocks is a priority destination for outdoor enthusiasts. A 42 mile section of the North Country Trail National Scenic Trail stretches from Munising to Grand Marais giving backpackers, campers, bikers and hikers a prime location with a remarkable experience.
Being Americas first National Lakeshore Park, authorized in 1966, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore spans a total of 73,236 acres with 42 miles of Lake Superior shoreline. Come to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and escape for a week of tranquility and transformation.
Grand Sable Dunes cover a five mile stretch between the Sable River and Au Sable point. These Dunes, left by enormous glaciers thousands of years ago, settle atop the 300-foot high Grand Sable Banks.
Whether you’re at the drive-up overlook or along the base on the Lake Superior shoreline, the Dunes are great for long rugged hikes, serene summertime picnics or breathtaking photography. These magnificent marvels in Grand Marais show how truly unique the Upper Peninsula is.
Chapel Basin Hike
One of the most popular and most beautiful hikes along Lake Superior at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is the Chapel Basin Hike. Well groomed trails offer spectacular day hikes. The Chapel Basin Hike takes you past Chapel Falls, Chapel Lake, Chapel Rock, Grand Portal, Lake Superior, and Mosquito Falls. There are over 20 miles of trail to hike in this loop and is full of amazing opportunities to see the Upper Peninsula at its finest. Click for a printable map of the Chapel Basin Trail.
This remote waterfall is best viewed from the water though it may be seen from along the North Country Trail. Spray Falls plunges about 70 feet over the Pictured Rocks cliffs directly into Lake Superior. The 1856 shipwreck "Superior" lies at the base of the falls in 20 feet of water.
Chapel Rock is a remnant of Cambrian age sandstone. The archway between the rock and the mainland collapsed in the 1940's. It and the remaining arch were carved by Lake Nipissing high waters some 3800 years ago.