Magnificent Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is located along the scenic Lake Superior Shoreline in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Perfect for kayaking, hiking and photography! Located near Munising, the National Lake Shore is a Must-See during your UP vacation!
Would you love to visit Pictured Rocks but not sure how to see them? We have an interactive map that will solve all your concerns! Our locations are free, easy to see and just magnificent! Plus lots of other things to do while you are here!
For so many years we only saw Pictured Rocks from the Miner's Castle viewpoint. What a shame! This past year I decided I research more immersive ways to see this spectacular Upper Peninsula marvel and boy were we not disappointed!
You can see the magnificent cliffs in so many ways! Hiking, snowmobiling, boat cruises, beaches and driving to iconic view points! We will cover some of the easier and best ways to get your started here!
IMPORTANT: Be sure to click this Pictured Rocks Map link to be connected live with Google Maps on your phone.
We created this Pictured Rocks Interactive Map to help you find your specific stops and aid in planning your trip.
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We really REALLY enjoyed our exciting Rip Tide Ride around Grand Island during the Rip Tide Ride in Munising, Michigan. This is a great family owned business to support as they are so friendly and care about your well being.
You will scream with delight during the zig zags and high speed turns. We got to see waterfalls so close up that we could touch them!
We dipped into caves, saw lighthouses and enjoyed great views of Grand Island.
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These are great options for more fun on the water! We recommend later afternoon/evening cruises as the light is best on the rocks at this time.
You can also rent pontoons at Superior Pontoon Rentals to view Pictured Rocks, caves and waterfalls on your own. Or you can dock close to shore and spend time on Grand Island exploring historic landmarks, lighthouses, waterfalls, and scenic overlooks. You can rent them for the evening, half or full day. Great for families!
Sand Point Beach is a great spot to spend the afternoon! Wonderful beach to wander along and build sand castles. The water is amazingly clear and beautiful as you can see. I love that there is shade trees to get a break from the sun.
No food or amenities so be sure to pack in what you need. There is a porta john. This area gets very busy so arrive early so you can get a closer parking spot.
The Sand Point Marsh Trail is one heck of a great place to walk and see wildlife. It's a 0.5 mile loop that is all boardwalk.
Located across from Sand Point Beach, this boardwalk trail takes you through beautiful wetlands. See lots of a cattail marsh, small ponds, and white cedar and black spruce swamp communities dominate the scene. The best times for wildlife activity are early or late in the day. Wheelchair accessible.
Yeah, you are stuck with a photo of us, but you know you gotta find this point and take a pic! It's so incredibly beautiful! See the point on the map above!
When they say a picture is worth a thousand words, how about a video? It's just breathtaking here!
While at Miner's Beach, check out Elliot Falls which is on the east end of the beach. While it is small, it takes the day for it's beauty!
We stayed at the AmericInn which was in a good location for the falls, restaurants and beaches. Lots of great choices in the Munising area.