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    Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Boat Tour

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Mar 7, 2004

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    The best views of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore are from the water, so boat tours are very popular in the warmer months. We booked passage on such a boat and were more about half way through the tour when we encountered a thick fog bank formed by the cool waters of Lake Superior clashing with the warmer air along the coast. This was on a beautiful sunny afternoon in August, and the fog was still so thick that the tour was cancelled in mid-course. Our Captain turned the boat back and offered all the passengers on board a full refund of our $25 ticket price. We got about almost three quarters of a tour for free. Nice people!

    Bridal Veil Falls and Painted Cove from the boat
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    Miners Castle

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Mar 7, 2004

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    This formation of two towering rock spires is a favorite of visitors to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. There are hiking trails and a beautiful picnic area near the rock where we enjoyed a great lunch. A steep hike down from the picnic area leads to a popular beach at the base of the rock.

    Miner's Castle with Tourboat on the Left
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    Wagner Falls State Scenic Site

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Mar 7, 2004

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    This small 23 acre site, managed by the Michigan Dept. of Natural Resources, is undeveloped except for a small parking area, and a trail/boardwalk to the falls. Set among towering virgin pines and hemlock, The falls are a very picturesque 20 ft. cascade. The easy half mile hike to the falls was a great place for stretching our legs and taking a few photographs.

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    Munising Falls

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Mar 7, 2004

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    Munising is a very popular falls, although the amount of water flowing over it is not the greatest. The falls are in a very pretty setting, plunging 50 ft. at the end of a narrow canyon. The short, 800 ft. trail to the falls is wheelchair accessible.

    Munising Falls

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    Where shall we worship this Sunday?

    by Bunsch Written Nov 16, 2007

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    It wasn't easy to find, despite the traditional "Episcopal Church Welcomes You" directional signs, but eventually my father and I stumbled into St. John's Church for the 10:00 service. There were only a handful of people in the church, but what a lovely spirit in the place! I could see immediately why the death of Bishop Jim Kelsey was such a particular disaster -- he had worked hard to build ecumenical bridges in the U.P., which has many small congregations in all denominations. There was an excellent sermon by a lay woman; it was a bit surprising to hear the organ keep playing all by itself when the organist joined the rest of us for the Eucharist. But so be it! When you're in the area, drop by and make yourself at home.

    St. John's Munising
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    Miners Falls

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Mar 7, 2004

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    Plunging 60 feet over the rugged Pictured Rocks sandstone escarpment, this impressive waterfall can be reached only by foot. We enjoyed the easy 1.2 mile (round trip) hike through a stately mature northwoods forest. Interpretive signposts along the way enhanced our experience.

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    Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse

    by Stephen-KarenConn Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This picturesque old lighthouse, once guided ships into Munising Harbor. It is on private property and inaccessible by land, however it is easily viewed from the tour boats to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Completed in 1870, the unusual wooden structure was originally painted white. It is now in a poor state of repair, however efforts are being made to prevent the lighthouse from totally succumbing to the elements.

    Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse
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    Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

    by KimberlyAnn Updated Aug 2, 2008

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    Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, www.nps.gov/piro begins 5 miles N.E. of Munising and runs 40 miles along Lake Superior from Munising to Grand Marais. This lakeshore was memorialized in Longfellow's "The Song of Hiawatha". Here you will see flat-faced cliffs that raise 200 feet above the lake. Pictured Rocks are notable for their rich color and interesting formations. You will view some arches and grottos that have been carved out of colorful soft sandstone by the actions of wind, waves, and ice. The colors, stripes of reds, oranges, blues, greens, white, and black can be vibrant, and even shiny in places where water may be running down the sheer cliffs. Be aware that the mid-day sun tends to wash the colors out, so to get the most beautiful view visit this area late afternoon. (I have also heard that early morning is a good time, although I have not visited them myself at this time of the day.) Except for Miners Castle, the cliffs and formations are only accessible by boat or on foot. Of these two you will see more of the lakeshore and experience your best views by boat. We use our dinghy to take a slow late afternoon trip along the base of the cliffs. If you own a touring kayak this is another popular way to explore the lakeshore. The Grand Sable Dunes are also part of this National Lakeshore. If you do not have your own boat, Pictured Rocks Cruises, has a 2 1/2 to 3 hour boat tour that follows the National Lakeshore for thirty-seven miles. These boat tours leave the Municipal Pier in Munising from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day weekend, with a few additional tours through October 10, weather permitting. Just follow signs on M28 along Lake Superior shoreline to the City Pier in Munising.

    For more photos of Picture Rocks see my travelogue, Visiting Pictured Rocks by dinghy. (For a hikers view of Picture Rocks visit "Kaloz" Munising pages.)

    Pictured Rocks Boat Cruises Brochure
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    An imposing wall

    by kaloz Written Feb 25, 2003

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    We parked our car in Grand Marais, and hitched a ride to Munising and the trailhead. You can go in either direction, and rides are available. This imposing wall rises out of the blue waters, but the trees near the edge appear nervous, as if at any moment . . . Aaaaiiiiiyyyyy . . . Splash!!

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    The Lighthouse

    by kaloz Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Lighthouses are very popular attractions in the United States. There is something about them that captured the imagination. Maybe it is the shape. This lighthouse used to guide ships in because this area used to be logged, and there are interpretive signs about the logging days. To get an idea of scale notice the girl standing at the base of the tower.

    Lighthouse
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    Pictured Rocks Cruise Boats

    by phred1910 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    A 2.5 hour trip into Lake Superior along Grand Island, and then off towards the beautiful Pictured Rocks. No trip to Munising is complete without this. Tickets are about $30. The boats run from May through the fall color season. Ask for my friend Captain Dave Sliter, we went to high school and college together. Dave lives in Vienna, Austria in the winter and comes home in the summer to be a Captain.

    Pictures of the Boats
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    Munising Falls in the Summer

    by phred1910 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Head out towards Sand Point and stop on the way at Munising Falls. A short hike from the visitor's center along the babbling brook finds you at the breathtaking plunge of Munising Falls. Unfortunately, access has been severly limited due to erosion caused rock falls. When I was younger, we used to climb behind the falls and also on top of them. I still sneak around if it isn't very busy, but you need to be careful for the rocks and the park po-po.

    See next tip for Winter viewing....

    Munising Falls in the Summer
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    Shipwreck Tours

    by HotRodEtte Written Oct 7, 2005

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    From spring till fall, you can take a tour boat out past Lake Superior's Grand Island and view 3 sunken ships from the late 1800s to the early 1900s. At $25 a person, you get a 2 hour narrated tour on a glass bottomed boat. Ticket office and gift shop is conveniently located right on the water in downtown Munising.

    Remnants from the sunken Lighthouse at Grand Island

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    Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

    by HotRodEtte Written Oct 7, 2005

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    The best way to view the Pictured Rocks is to take a boat tour. Unfortunately we didn't do this, but were able to hike through the forest and get a few good photos from the shore. For a boat tour, go to Munising, MI home page, or do a yahoo search of Pictured Rocks to find several different boat tours. They will usually range in the $30 price area.

    We first hiked to the Miners Falls, which was a little over a mile. After that, we continued on to Miners Castle, where we got the best views of the rocks along the lakeshore.

    Pictured Rocks Miners Falls Miners Castle Coldest & Most Dangerous Lake--Superior
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    Pictured Rocks Boat Cruise

    by yooperprof Updated Sep 9, 2004

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    The way to see and appreciate the Pictured Rocks is by water. So take your yacht up through the Soo Locks and navigate your way to the laekshore between Grand Marais and Munising for an unforgettable cruise.

    What? You don't have a yacht?

    Oh, then bring your kayak to Munising. Drive out to the Chapel Falls beach, carry your kayak down to the water, and start exploring!

    Don't tell me you don't kayak!

    Well, if you don't have a boat of your own, and you don't kayak, you can still see the grandeur of Pictured Rocks by taking one of the Pictured Rocks Boat Cruises that leaves from Munising Harbor. The trips cost around $27 a person, but I thought that they were well worth the money. The boats take you up the shoreline for almost 20 miles; the entire trip lasts nearly three hours. The boat captain provides interesting commentary which is only occasionally irritating. During the peak summer months, there are departures every hour.

    Check out my Pictured Rocks travelogue for more photos.

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