Hardwood forests and geologic grandeur along Lake Superior's southern coast, from towering sandstone cliffs to soft sand dunes.
Kayaking, boating, swimming, diving, backpacking, bicycling, hiking, drive-in camping, fishing, shipwrecks, lighthouses, guided tours
One for the Bucket List
Venture to Miners Castle (pictured left). The park's eponymous pictured rocks, named for their multi-colored strata, flank about 15 miles of Lake Superior's coast, from Sand Point to Spray Falls. Some vault as high as 200 feet or arch out into the water, creating playgrounds for kayakers. Although you can explore most of the cliffs on your own, Miners Castle has several easily accesible paved trails and overlooks, with some of the best views of the towering rocks. To take a boat tour, contact the officially authorized park concession: Picture Rock Cruises.
Seasons and Hours
The park headquarters at Sand Point in Munising is open year round, except on federal holidays. Other visitor centers in the park are open Memorial Day through Labor Day. Guided tours of the Au Sable Lighthouse are offered Wednesday-Sunday, mid-June through mid-September.
The National Lakeshore winds along more than 40 miles of Lake Superior coast, from Munising to Grand Marais, on the northern shore of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. There are a number of roads leading into and through the park. See map.
Average Temps (ºF) High/Low
January - 22/9
July - 73/54
October - 52/38
Approximate Distance From...
Greenbay, WI - 170 miles
Apostle Islands National Park - 250 miles
Grand Rapids, MI - 360 miles
Chicago, IL - 380 miles
Detroit, MI - 410 miles
Minneapolis, MN - 420 miles