Stretching 50 miles along Lake Superior's south shore, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a hiker's and camper's dream. Visit the Log Slide, Sable Falls, Grand Sable Lake, Au Sable Light Station, and see other waterfalls, lakes, beaches, and woodlands that make up this pristine park, featuring three modern campgrounds and numerous backcountry campsites. The North Country Trail passes along the shoreline and is open year-round for the outdoor enthusiast. Phone: (906) 387-3700. Visit the National Park Service web page for Pictured Rocks.
Located about one mile west Grand Marais; the best place to view is from the trail beginning at the Sable Falls parking area. Another access point for the dunes is from the North Country Trail, one-quarter mile east of the Log Slide. Please stay on the trail as the dunes vegetation is fragile. Five square miles of Grand Sable Dunes are perched atop the 300-foot high Grand Sable Banks. Left by enormous glaciers, the Grand Sable Dunes dwarf comprehension. A portion of the Grand Sable Dunes is set aside as a Research Natural Area.
Located about 7 miles west of Grand Marais on Alger County Road H-58, then almost 1 mile north on Log Slide Road. Legend has it that logs sent down the dry log chute would generate enough friction to cause the chute to catch fire. Today the chute is gone, but the lumberjack stories still linger as you gaze out over the Grand Sable Banks and Dunes. This is a good place to glimpse the Au Sable Light Station to the west and the Grand Sable Banks and Grand Marais to the east.
Here's your chance to see the Pictured Rocks cliffs up close. Pictured Rocks Boat Cruises Run from Memorial Day through mid-October, and offer up to 7 trips daily. The two-hour cruise takes you from the broad shelter of Munising Bay out onto Lake Superior and up close to the Pictured Rocks cliffs. For information, contact (906) 387-2379 or visit their website.