At the Western Entrance to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
in Alger County, Michigan (Map)
Alger Underwater Preserve. Divers will find shipwrecks in excellent condition in the Alger Underwater Preserve.
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 and The Forest Glen General Store in the Hiawatha Forest south of Munising. Renting Arctic Cat ATVs, UTVs, and 2-Person machines. Great riding in the Hiawatha National Forest.
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.
Boat Rentals on Munising Bay at Superior Pontoon Boat Rentals. New 24’ pontoon boats for exploring Munising Bay, the Pictured Rocks Lakeshore, and Grand Island in Lake Superior. 1/2 day and full day rentals. Pontoons are equipped with 50hp, 4-stroke motors and are safety inspected and Coast Guard Approved. Marine radios. Call now to reserve your boat for fun on the water. (906) 387-3100. Located on the west side of Munising at 1208 Commercial Street.
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.
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.
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.
Equipment, Gear, and Supplies
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, &
Fishing-Guided Trips: Rivers North Guided Fly Fishing Adventures with licensed fishing guide Captain Brad Petzke. Fly fish in remote and secluded rivers or lakes for Brook Trout, Brown Trout, Steelhead. Atlantic Salmon, and Pacific Salmon. Quality equipment supplied. Guided trips for all levels of experience. Rivers North Guide Service, P. O. Box 371, Marquette, MI 49885. Phone: (906) 458-8125
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.
Guided Sea Kayak Trips and Canoe & Kayak Trips on Inland Lakes & Streams in the Central Upper Peninsula at Uncle Ducky Paddling Adventures. Phone Toll Free: 1-877-228-5447. Guided Lake Superior Sea Kayaking trips include the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, the Hiawatha Water Trail from Big Bay to Munising, the Huron Islands, Presque Isle & Partridge Island, and the shoreline around Marquette, Munising and Grand Island. We also offer guided kayak and canoe trips on inland rivers and lakes for fishing or just paddling and enjoying the beauty of the Northwoods. Try a wilderness adventure at Craig Lake State Park, the Sylvania Wilderness, or the Big Island Wilderness. We offer half day, day trips, or multiple day trips.
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 the Pictured Rocks. Uncle Ducky Paddling Adventures offers guided sea kayaking tours of the Pictured Rocks, Grand Island, and Munising Bay.
Kayak, Canoe, & Fishing Boat Rentals for the Munising Area for use on Munising Bay or inland lakes and streams. Single and Tandem Kayak rentals available at the Grand Island Ferry Dock. Phone 906-387-3503. Camping Packages available for use on Grand Island. Single and Double Kayaks and Canoes for rent at Sunset Motel on the Bay. Phone: 906-387-457. Please phone the rental location for information and reservations or contact Uncle Ducky Outdoors at 877-228-5447. Rentals available Memorial Day weekend through September.
Lighthouses: These area lighthouses are not open to the public but can be photographed.
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
Superior Pontoon Boat Rentals rents new 24' pontoon boats for exploring Munising Bay, the Pictured Rocks Lakeshore, and Grand Island in Lake Superior. 1/2 day and full day rentals. Pontoons are equipped with 50hp, 4-stroke motors and are safety inspected and Coast Guard Approved. Marine radios. Call now to reserve your boat for fun on the water. (906) 387-3100. Located on the west side of Munising at 1208 Commercial Street.
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.
WINERY TOUR: Threefold Vine Winery on the Garden Peninsula and the Green Family Farm, 5856 Nn Road, Garden, MI 49835 Phone: 906-644-7089. Wine made from grapes grown in the Upper Peninsula? Yes, right at the Threefold Vine Winery just south of the town of Garden and near Fayette State Park on the Garden Peninsula. Our Tasting Room at the Winery opened in the spring of 2007 and offers grape (from our vineyard) apple, honey, and various fruit wines. The Green family invites you to visit our winery, see how the wine is produced, and sample our exciting new wines. The Green Family Farm offers pumpkins, squash, and apples for sale in the fall. 10 miles south of Garden Corners.
Au Train, Michigan
Photo of the Munising Front Range Light by Vivian Wood
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