• Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore - Munising, Michigan

      sunset cliffs
      Photo by Megan Edwards
      Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore follows the Lake Superior shoreline for more than 40 miles. The tall cliffs of sandstone are covered with lines of bright colors -- purple, red, dark green, rust and browns. The colors result from minerals leaching out from rock deep in the cliff. The shoreline park got it's name because visitors can often "see" faces and images in the striped colors. Although there is a section of the park that can be driven in a car, the primary means for exploring the park is on foot or by boat. One of the easiest ways to see the cliffs is from a guide boat that launches from the Munising City Docks. One of the best times of day is the popular Sunset Cruise. The boat cruise captains are very skilled and when the waters are calm and smooth will bring their boats within 2-3 feet of the cliffs.

      If you go:
      Cruises operate May 15 to October 15 as most Upper Peninsula attractions do. Dress warmly, as Lake Superior breezes can be quite chilly.


      Pictured Rocks Cruises
      100 W City Park Drive
      Munising, Michigan 49862 USA

      Mailing address:
      Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
      P. O. Box 40
      Munising, MI 49862-0040 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      Park Information
      +1 (906) 387-3700

      Cruise Operator
      +1 (800) 650-2379