Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is comprised of cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, and the forest of Lake Superior’s shoreline. Lake Superior is the largest, deepest, coldest, and most pristine of all the Great Lakes. Hiking, camping, sightseeing, and four season outdoor opportunities are available here! These all beckon to you to come and explore them.
The park, which at its widest point is only 3 miles in width, hugs the lake shoreline for more than 40 miles. Much of the land is covered with forest, a mixture of northern hardwoods, pine, hemlock, spruce, and fir. Many small lakes, ponds, and streams are also within the park, so there are plenty of places for fishing and boating. Old logging roads and maintained trails give the hiker an almost endless choice when planning a trip.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is the only National Park Service area with an inland buffer zone within its boundary. The State of Michigan, corporations, and private citizens own it. The zone was created to permit sustained yield timber harvest and protect the watershed.
There are seven named waterfalls within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, plus several unnamed falls. From west to east, they are Munising, Bridalveil, Miners, Mosquito, Chapel, Spray, and Sable Falls. The sandstone outcrops of the Pictured Rocks escarpment create the many waterfalls in the area.
Did You Know?
In 1992, the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore began installing photovoltaic powered well pump systems at its drive-in campgrounds. All remote water wells within the lakeshore are now solar-powered!