At A Glance
Pictured Rocks offers the opportunity to explore miles of pristine beaches and towering sandstone cliffs on our kayak adventure. We will also experience the serenity of the northern hardwood forest as a new world appears along trails carpeted with the soft beauty of wildflowers. Explores will also enjoy activities like cliff diving and the glass bottom sunken boat tour in near by Munising.
Back-Country Hiking, Kayaking, & Scuba Diving
Unlike any other place on Lake Superior, Pictured Rocks offers the opportunity to explore miles of pristine beaches, hike nearly 100 miles of trails, view towering sandstone cliffs, and experience the serenity of northern woodlands.
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is truly a mosaic of natural and cultural wonders. Along its 42 miles of Lake Superior shoreline are over 15 miles of towering sandstone cliffs, more than 12 miles of beautiful beaches, and nearly five miles of enormous sand dunes. And there are waterfalls, lighthouses, lakes, streams, and forest trails to enjoy.
Colorful and bold, the Pictured Rocks cliffs tower 50 to 200 feet directly from Lake Superior. These sandstone cliffs stretch for about 15 miles along the lake from Sand Point on the west to just after Spray Falls on the east.
The name “Pictured Rocks” comes from streaks of mineral stain that decorate the face of the weather-sculpted sandstone. Stunning colors occur when groundwater oozes out of cracks and trickles down the rock face. Iron (red and orange), copper (blue and green), manganese (brown and black), and limonite (white) are among the most common color-producing minerals.
The best view of the cliffs is from the water. The 10-mile loop hiking trail in the Chapel Basin provides the best views from land. Miners Castle provides a view of a portion of the cliffs, particularly from the lower overlook. A long stretch of cliffs can also be viewed from the west end of Miners Beach. At Sand Point, the cliffs are off in the distance.