Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

On Land

You can see our van looking back at the campsite over the lake

We stayed by Little Beaver Lake in a campground with 7 other sites, who were all under canvas. The road in was marked as unsuitable for large vehicles but although unpaved, hilly, and twisty, we have been on worse. Even though the main feature of the area is the 42 mile long lakeshore, there are many inland trails to explore, some leading to the shore, some leading to inland lakes and overlooks. Walking and hiking, we found many beautiful spots. The forests, rocks, waterfalls, and pathways were fun to explore as well as the beaches.

By Boat

The best way to see the cliffs at Pictured Rocks is from the Lake so we took a boat tour out of Munising to Spray Falls and back. The cliffs are made from sandstone which are naturally a neutral color. However, sandstone is porous, and in this area, the water leaching through the rock is loaded with minerals such as iron, manganese, and copper. The color remains after evaporation and causes the variety of different ‘pictures’ on the rock faces. The rock is soft and so is constantly eroding forming caves and structures at the shore.


Enjoy some close-ups of the rocks and let your imagination find what you will.

  • Pictured Rocks

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    Little Beaver Lake at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

  • 4 Comments on “Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

    1. So beautiful! I want to live in the Grand Island Light House.
      From Cheryl: That’s so much fun that you want to live in the lighthouse! A little bit of a fixer upper? Or do you like the original paint?
      From Dennis: I want it just the way it is.

    2. Such a wonderful place! It looks like a slice of heaven to me. Wish I was there with you both.
      From Cheryl: Thank you so much for your lovely comments. There’s a bed for you. Waiting. Love to you and the family.

    3. You might want to know that my Dad’s side of the family is from that area. If you look on the map about 150 miles due north of Green Bay you will find Pound Wisconsin. I spent summers up there fishing and teasing my cousins. I think it’s just about the prettiest part of the country. If you happen to go to Pound, Population 310, my grandfather’s store was right next to the railroad tracks. Bonnie and Clyde drove through there once, escaping the law. And that, right there, is about the only thing of any import that has happened in Pound, Wisconsin.
      From Cheryl: Oh wowowow! You played with cousins in Pound, WI? People you know are actually from there and live there? Oh my. No wonder B&C hid out there in God’s country. But they would sorta stick out with a population of 310! Maybe not so smart of them unless people treated them more like movie stars rather than bank robbers! We aren’t driving that far north. We turn south today toward Saint Paul. Sorry we didn’t get a chance to see Pound, WI.

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