The scenic town of Munising is the
western gateway to the Pictured
Rocks National Lakeshore, sandstone cliffs that
rise 50 to 200 feet above Lake Superior and stretch for 15
miles to the east. An awe-inspiring natural phenomena,
certain to highlight your vacation in Upper Michigan, the
Pictured Rocks are one of the top attractions in the Upper
Lodging and other
Gateway to the Pictured Rocks National
In the Upper Peninsula of Michigan at the Edge of
the Hiawatha National Forest
and Recreation in the Munising Area
During the summer, visitors take a Pictured Rocks tour
or drive to its most famous formation, Miner's
Miners Castle has a new look.
On Thursday morning, April 13, 2006, the right
tower broke off and fell 90' into the
For a water level view of the Pictured Rocks, take a
Cruise down the length of the Pictured Rocks
National Lakeshore. See such natural sculptures as Lovers
Leap, Grand Portal, Miners Castle, Indian Head, and many
Munising also has the Alger
a graveyard of ship wrecks that date back to the
1800s and early 1900s.
The preserve and especially the waters around
Grand Island are a haven for scuba divers who view
the wrecks that lie 10 to 100 feet below the
The Alger Underwater Diving Preserve at
Munising was the first preserve established in
Michigan, and is one of the most popular in the
Great Lakes. Scuba dive with Capt. Peter Lindquist
Even non-divers can enjoy the treasures of Lake
Superior with Capt. Peter Lindquist's Glass
Bottom Boat Shipwreck Tour, a narrated cruise of
Lake Superior Shipwrecks out of Munising. Explore shipwrecks
aboard the Miss Munising, a 60' Coast Guard Certified steel
vessel equipped with specially designed through the hull
glass viewing areas. Visit three shipwrecks on the bottom of
the lake as seen through a glass viewing area.
Visit Beautiful Munising
This picturesque waterfall drops about 50'
over a sandstone cliff and is only a short walk
down a paved path from the Pictured Rocks
Interpretive Center to the observation platform.
Path is about 300 feet with places to sit and enjoy
this waterfall and delightful shaded canyon along
Take H-58 east at the blinking light and go
to Washington Street and turn north. Go about 1/2
mile to the parking lot across from the hospital.
Be sure to stop in the Pictured Rocks
Interpretive Center and see the exhibits on iron
making, logging, wildlife, and how the cliffs were
Open daily during the summer months.
Lighthouse, built in 1874 to warn sailors off
from the very dangerous sandstone reef. The area between Au
Sable Point and the Pictured Rocks area proved to be a
natural "ship trap" when vessels were blown onto the lee
shore by a strong north wind or lost their way in snow or
fog. During the summer months a ranger is on duty at the
keeper's house to give interpretive tours of the keeper's
house and the light tower.
For wilderness recreation, visit Grand
Island about one half mile off shore from
Munising. Grand Island is the largest island on Lake
Superior's south shore, and the most beautiful. A perfect
spot for camping, mountain biking, hiking, fishing,
kayaking, skiing and snowmobiling. Visitors may access the
island by means of a passenger ferry which travels to Grand
Island's Williams Landing. Bike rentals at the Ferry
landing. Bus tour of Grand Island available.
Enjoy Sand Point Beach on
Named one of the "Five Top Summer Beaches in America" by the
Enjoy this undeveloped white 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.
Kayaking on Munising Bay
A wonderful spot for watching the sunsets over Grand
Take H-58 east to Sand Point Road (also called Washington
Turn north and go almost to the end of the road.
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Have a Great Winter Vacation in Munising!
Great snowmobiling on hundreds of miles of trails.
Cross-Country Skiing and Snowshoeing
Ice Climbing for the adventurous
Wonderful Photographic Opportunities
Birdwatchers will love seeing the winter birds.
Take a waterfall tour of the 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.
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Photos by Mary Deloria
Photo of storm over Lake Superior by
Mark Bolen, Digisharp Photography
Snomobile Photo: Trail View Cabins
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