Attractions and Recreation
Munising, Christman and AuTrain, Michigan
Located in the Magnificent Upper Peninsula
At the Western Entrance to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
in Alger County, Michigan (
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Alger Underwater Preserve. Divers will find shipwrecks in excellent condition in the Alger Underwater Preserve.

  • Dive the shipwrecks with Shipwreck Dive Tours, Captain Peter Lindquist, 1204 Commercial St., Munising, MI 49862. (906)387-4477 Lake Superior Shipwreck Diving for Beginning, Intermediate and Expert divers. Dive shop, air service and rental scuba equipment.

ATV trails are located in the Hiawatha National Forest. The Coalwood Trail and the Haywire Trail are designated ORV Trails on abandoned railroad beds and offer good rides through the forest. There are also other trails on a portion of the signed road system. Horizontal numbers mean the road is closed to ORVing while vertical signs mean the trail can be used unless it is gated or marked closed. No off-trail or cross-country riding is permitted in the Hiawatha National Forest. ORV's may be ridden on the shoulder of some Alger County Roads. Check with the Visitor Center at the blinking light in Munising for information. Please follow the guidelines so everyone can enjoy the forest.

ATV Rentals at the White Pine Lodge in Christmas.

ATV Rentals at Munising Motors. Arctic Cat ATV rentals and a wide selection of Powersports products including new Arctic Cat ATVs, snowmobiles, trailers, apparel, and accessories for your outdoor adventures. We carry pre-owned automobiles and recreational vehicles with a parts and qualified service department. ATV Rentals of Arctic Cat ATVs and the fun Wildcat 2-person recreational vehicle. Call or visit us at Munising Motors, E-9051 East State Hwy M-28, Munising, MI 49862. Phone: 906-387-5060.

AuSable Lighthouse in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Lighthouse is being restored and is open to the public. 1.5 mile trail along the lakeshore to the lighthouse begins at the Hurricane River Campground. Follow the signs.

AuTrain River Canoe Trips. Paddle the AuTrain River or AuTrain Lake. Scenic Trips through the Hiawatha National Forest. See wildlife, enjoy the birds, or just relax. Trips from 1 to 6 hours. Livery Service.

  • AuTrain River Canoe and Kayak Rentals at Curley's Canoes. Rent canoes and kayaks for paddling on AuTrain Lake and the AuTrain River. Enjoy a leisurely paddle from the South Bridge to the North Bridge (Doucette Bridge) or tackle AuTrain Lake and then relax on the river. Shuttle service. N7163 Forest Lake Road, AuTrain, MI 49806 Contact Mike at 906-892-8367.
  • Northwoods Resort Canoe, Kayak, and Boat Rentals in AuTrain. Come enjoy a paddle on the AuTrain River in your Old Town canoe or kayak! 3, 4, and 5 hour trips available. Offering a Privately owned parking lot at end point with included shuttle service on every trip! Northwoods Resort's canoe livery is a family run business started in 1970! Paddle with us! Reserve your boat today! Call the Kuivanen's at 906-892-8114. See you on the AuTrain River! 2 miles off M-28 on H03. N7070 AuTrain Forest Lake Road, AuTrain, MI. Boat and motor rentals. Pontoon Boat Rentals.

Biking on the trails and back roads of the Hiawatha National Forest. Bruno's Run for hiking and biking, 11 miles south of Munising. Grand Island Trails on Grand Island. Bike rentals at the Ferry Dock. Valley Spur Mountain Bike Trail, 6 miles southwest of Munising on M-94.

Birding: Enjoy the many birds who reside in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, on Grand Island, and in the Hiawatha National Forest. Hike the Songbird Trail located at the AuTrain Campground where you can learn the birds by their song. Headphones and cassette available from the Campground host or at the Hiawatha National Forest Visitors Center.

Camping:
Otter Lake Campground is located on Otter Lake in the Hiawatha National Forest just southwest of Munising on Buckhorn Road. 70 sites with electric service, modern bathrooms with hot showers, and a guest laundry. Group sites available. Sandy beach for wading. Row boats and paddle boats. Nature Trail. Only minutes from Munising, the Pictured Rocks, Grand Island, and numerous waterfalls. On the ORV trails. Pets Welcome. E 7609 Otter Lake Road, Munising, MI 49862 Reservations: (906) 553-4921, Campground Office: (906) 387-4648
 
New Listing: Jack Pine Lodge, Cabins, and Campground is located 25 minutes southeast of Munising in the Hiawatha National Forest. Campground offers 27 sites with electric and water hook-ups, new shower house, and designated horse sites. Six 1-3 bedroom cabins. Wi-Fi. On the ORV and Snowmobile trail. Gas available. Restaurant and Lounge open daily at noon. Jack Pine Lodge, 5350N State HWY M-94
, Manistique, MI 49854. Phone: (906) 573-2414
 
Wandering Wheels Campground. This 440 acre wooded and landscaped park offers you the finest surroundings for a fun filled family vacation. Heated Outdoor Pool. Cable TV. Only 5 miles from Lake Superior, Pictured Rocks, Miners Castle, Grand Island, Valley Spur Trails, waterfalls, and various lakeside activities. Great facilities. Pets Welcome. Located 3 miles east of Munising on Highway M-28 East, Munising MI 49862. Phone 1-906-387-3315 or 1-906-387-1580.
 
Rustic Camping in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore or in the Hiawatha National Forest.

Canoeing: Have some fun paddling on AuTrain Lake or down the AuTrain River. The AuTrain River offers a 4-6 hour canoe trip from the boat launch at the AuTrain Lake Campground, across AuTrain Lake, and north about 10 miles to Lake Superior. A quiet relaxing paddle and a variety of wildlife.

  • AuTrain River Canoe and Kayak Rentals at Curley's Canoes Rent canoes and kayaks for paddling on AuTrain Lake and the AuTrain River. Enjoy a leisurely paddle from the South Bridge to the North Bridge (Doucette Bridge) or tackle AuTrain Lake and then relax on the river. Rentals of 15' & 17' canoes; 10', 12' & 14 ' single person kayaks; or a double kayak. Livery service. Contact Mike at 906-892-8367.
  • Northwoods Resort Canoe, Kayak, and Boat Rentals in AuTrain. Phone: 906-892-8114. Canoe and kayak the AuTrain River and AuTrain Lake. 2 miles off M-28 on H03. N7979 AuTrain Forest Lake Road, AuTrain, MI. Scenic trips from 1 hour to 5 hours. See Wildlife. Enjoy the birds. Boat and motor rentals. Pontoon Boat Rentals. 3 to 4 and 5 hour trips.

Christmas Motor-Sports Park, Christmas, MI. Located 3/4 mile south of M-28. Turn on Candy Cane Lane by the Kewadin Casino.

Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing.

  • Trails in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, just east of Munising on H-58.
  • Valley Spur, 5 miles southwest of Munising on M-94, offers 38 miles of trails. Day lodge, parking area, trail head map, and display. Toilet, and drinking water. Phone: 906-387-3700
Cruises:
Cruise the Pictured Rocks, P.O. Box 355, Munising, Michigan 49862, Phone 906/387-2379. Take a 2 1/2-3 hour cruise along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Special Sunset Cruise. Discover the wonders of the Pictured Rocks from your cruise boat on Lake Superior. Cruises from Memorial Day to Oct. 10. Cruises leave from Munising City Pier.
 
Shipwreck Tour on Munising Bay where you can see Lake Superior Shipwrecks in the Alger Underwater Preserve from a Glass-Bottomed Boat. Scuba dive the shipwrecks. Captain Peter Lindquist, 1204 Commercial St., Munising, MI 49862. (906)387-4477

Diving:

  • Alger Underwater Preserve.
  • Scuba Dive the shipwrecks in the Alger Underwater Preserve with Shipwreck Dive Tours, 1204 Commercial St., Munising, MI 49862. (906)387-4477 Lake Superior Shipwreck Diving for Beginning, intermediate and expert divers. Dive shop, air service and rental scuba equipment.

Dogsled Trips:

Dogsled Rides at Triple Creek Kennels, E5372 Highway M-94, Munising, MI. Phone: 906-439-5242. Two hour, 1 day, and 2 day guided sled dog trips tailored to groups from 2 to 6 people. We also offer packages that include a dogsled trip, lodging and meals. The ultimate wilderness experience.

The Face in the Rock is a carving in the sandstone rock along the shores of Lake Superior near AuTrain, Munising, and Grand Island and can be viewed from the Roadside Park on M-28 in AuTrain. The carving was created by a French Voyager in 1820 and is a tribute to "Powers of the Air", a Chippewa Indian who was the only survivor of the tragic battle with the Sioux Tribe in Minnesota.

Food, Entertainment, & Shopping
Falling Rock Café & Bookstore in downtown Munising. Café serves breakfast sandwiches, bagels, homemade soups, sandwiches, quiche, pasties, and delicious fresh roasted coffee. Hand dipped ice cream cones, sundaes, and ice cream sodas. Bookstore features new books, several about the Upper Peninsula, thousands of used books, and items created by local artists. Wireless internet service. Stop by Saturday nights for music and enjoy other events that take place during the week. A wonderful spot to have a bite as you browse this interesting shop in one of the oldest buildings in Munising. Phone: 906-387-3008. Located on M-28 at 104 East Munising Ave., Munising, MI 49862


Charter Fishing Trips on Lake Superior:

  • Kimar's Charter Fishing on Lake Superior at Shelter Bay, MI. E3216 Highway M-28, AuTrain, MI 49806. Phone: 906-892-8277. Located on the shores of Lake Superior, Kimar's Charters offers trolling, casting, and jigging trips on Lake Superior to the Shelter Bay Flats, the Big Reef, and Stannard Rock. Kimar's Resort features 2, 3, and 4 bedroom housekeeping cottages and a 3-bedroom mobile home. 300' sandy beach, picnic tables, grills, and fire pit for your campfires. Lots of room for your trailers. Boat ramp. Pets welcome
  • Lake Superior Sport Fishing, Charter Fishing on Lake Superior with licensed Captain Reid DeRosie. Fish for a variety of fish or a trophy Lake Trout at Stannard Rock. We offer charter fishing from Munising a few times during the summer. Quality fishing gear provided. Fish the inland lakes early spring and fall. Sightseeing Trips and Sunset Cruises from Marquette Lower Harbor. Lake Superior Sport Fishing, Marquette, MI. Phone 906-360-1090
  • World Record IGFA 20 lb 10 oz Lake Trout, Junior Angler, Girls "Small Fry" Category caught by Haylee while fishing with her father, Captain Perry of Northbound Adventures. Click here for Haylee's Fishing Story.

Ice Fishing:

  • Fish House Rentals and Guided Ice Fishing Trips on Lake Superior at Margo's Cove in Christmas, MI. Guided ice fishing trips include all equipment, bait, and guide service. Rentals of portable and permanent fish houses include Propane heater, auger, and chairs.

Grand Island Recreation Area is located one half mile off of Munising MI in Lake Superior. Ferry service. Bus tour. A perfect spot for wilderness camping, mountain biking, hiking, fishing, skiing and snowmobiling. National Recreation Area. Bicycle rentls and kayak rentals at the ferry dock, just west of Munising.

Grand Island Snowmobile Rentals, Munising MI 49862. Phone: 906-387-2772. Ski Doo snowmobile Rentals.

Historical Society Museum Heritage Center, Washington Street, Munising. Phone: 906-387-4308. Located in the old Washington School near the Munising Memorial Hospital and Munising Falls. Air conditioned and handicapped accessile on a scenic lakefront setting with picnic area available to visitors. Free Admission.

Open Monday through Friday year round.

Hiawatha National Forest surrounding Munising offers hundreds of acres of public land for fishing, hunting, camping, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, biking, picnicking, ORVing, snowmobiling, and snowshoeing. Stop at the Visitor Center at the blinking light in Munising for maps and information.

Hiking: Day Hikes and Back Country Hikes. One of the best ways to enjoy the Pictured Rocks Natiional Lakeshore. If you only have a few minutes or a few hours, there is an enjoyable hike for you. Enjoy the wilderness trails on Greand Island. Pick up your map at the Visitor Center at the blinking light in Munising.

Hunting: Guided Hunts for deer and bear for all hunting seasons from the Buck Sporting Lodge and Triple Creek Kennels, E-5372 Highway M-94, Munising, MI 49862. Phone: 906-439-5242. Centrally located southeast of Munising and south of AuTrain in the heart of the Hiawatha National Forest.

Kayak Rentals for the Munising Area. Single and Tandem Sea Kayak rentals available for use on Munising Bay at Uncle Ducky Outdoors. 1331 West Highway M-28, on the west side of Munising. Phone 906-387-1695 or 906-228-5774. We have recreational kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards available for use on inland lakes.

Lighthouses: These area lighthouses are not open to the public but can be photographed.

  • The Munising Range Lights can be viewed on M-28 a few blocks west of the blinking light. The Front Range Light and Keepers Dwelling is on the north side of the road and the rear range is located straight south of the lighthouse nestled in the woods.
  • The Grand Island West Channel Light (sometimes called "The End of the Road") is located on M-28, 3 miles west of Munising in Christmas.
  • The Old East Lighthouse can be viewed from the boat cruises.
  • The AuSable Lighthouse in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a museum and is open to the public. Take the trail from the Hurricane River Campground for 1.5 mile to the Lighthouse

Munising Coast Guard Station near the end of Sand Point Road in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has the 36' motor lifeboat, "Grand Marais" on display in the old boathouse.

Pictured Rocks Cruises, P.O. Box 355, Munising, Michigan 49862. Phone 906/387-2379. Take a 2 1/2-3 hour cruise along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Sunset Cruise. Discover the wonders of the Pictured Rocks from your cruise boat on Lake Superior. Cruises run from Memorial Day to Oct. 10. Cruises leave from Munising City Pier.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Mineral-stained sandstone cliffs rise from Lake Superior. The 70,000 acre park follows the south shore of Lake Superior for 42 miles. Enjoy hiking, walking, rustic and back country camping, fishing, hunting, cross-sountry skiing, and snowshoeing. Stop at the Visitor Center at the junction of H-58 and M-28 (at the blinking light) for maps, brochures, waterfall maps, hiking trail conditions, current weather forcasts, back country permits, mountain bike routes, and camping information. Bookstore

Scuba Dive the Shipwrecks in the Alger Underwater Preserve. 1204 Commercial Street, Munising, MI 49862. Phone (906) 387-4477. Dive the Bermuda, a 150 foot wooden schooner sunk in 1870, The Smith Moore, a wooden steam barge sunk in 1889, the Steven Selvick, a 70' tug intentionally sunk in 1996 and others. Captain Peter Lindquist.

Seney National Wildlife Refuge, 34 miles west of Munising and 5 miles south of Seney. Phone: (906/586-951). Over 95,000 Acres of Marsh, Field and Forest. A wonderful place to observe wildlife. Miles of hiking and biking trails and a 7 mile Marshland Wildlife Drive. The Visitor Center offers a Children's Touch Table, interactive exhibits, multi-projector orientation slide show, and bookstore. Nature programs and events offered during the summer. Cross-country ski trails.

Shipwreck Tours: See Lake Superior Shipwrecks from a Glass Bottom Boat and view the Old Grand Island East Lighthouse as you cruise on Munising Bay. Scuba dive the many shipwrecks in the Alger Underwater Diving Preserve. Captain Peter Lindquist, 1204 Commercial St., Munising, MI 49862. (906)387-4477

Songbird Trail: AuTrain Song Bird Trail, a new way to identify the birds. Lodated in the AuTrain Lake Campground, this trail winds through the forest and includes an observation platform on Buck Bay in AuTrain Lake. Morning is a good time to hear the birds singing, but you can walk the trail all day. Kits available to rent that include a field guide, tape and tape player, and binoculars. The campground host has kits or they are available at the AuTain Grocery.Take Forest Lake Road south for 4.5 miles and follow the signs to the AuTrain Lake Campground. Trailhead near campsite #11

Snowmobile Rentals:

Snowmobiling in Alger County

Swimming:
Sand Point Beach on Lake Superior. Named one of the "Five Top Summer Beaches in America" by the Weather Channel. Enjoy this undeveloped sand beach and the cool clean waters of Lake Superior. Launch your kayak, stroll along the uncrowded beach, sit in the sand, or wade in the shallow water. Ideal for the kids to play in the sand or splash in the water. Restrooms.

Sand Point Beach
A wonderful spot for watching the sunsets over Grand Island. Take H-58 east to Sand Point Road (also called Washington Street) Turn north and go almost to the end of the road.
 
 
Pete's Lake Day Use Area and Campground, 12 miles south of Munising on Forest Highway-13 in the Hiawatha National Forest. Watch for signs. Swimming beach and picnic area with tables and grills. Convenience store nearby.
 
Au Train Sandy beach on Lake Superior, 10 miles west of Munising in AuTrain. Restrooms.

Au Train Lake Park & Campground
 
Swimming beach on AuTrain Lake at the AuTrain Lake Campground, 4.5 miles south of M-28 on Forest Lake Road. Watch for signs to the Campground. Picnic area with grills and tables. Swimming beach. Boat Launch. Songbird Hiking Trail by campsite #11. Restrooms

Visitor Center for the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and the Hiawatha National Forest is located at the blinking light in Munising. 400 East Munising Avenue, Munising, MI 49862. Phone: 906-387-3700.

Waterfalls in Alger County: The area around Munising in Alger County has delightful waterfalls for visitors to enjoy. Two waterfalls can be viewed from your car, others are a short stroll through the woods on an easy path, while a few require a serious hike into the woods. Pick up your map at the Visitor Center at the blinking light in Munising.

 

Exploring Au Train, Michigan
AuTrain MI is only 10 miles west of Munising on Highway M-28. Information on lodging, canoe rentals, antique shops, and other businesses. Cabins, cottages, and campgrounds on or by AuTrain Lake and cabins on the AuTrain River. Vacation homes on Lake Superior. Canoe rentals and livery for a paddle down the AuTrain River.

Exploring Christmas, Michigan
Christmas is only 3 miles west of Munising on Highway M-28. Information on lodging, shopping, and other businesses.

 

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