Staying safe while exploring Pictured Rocks this summer

MUNISING — With tourism season right around the corner Pictured Rocks is one of the top destinations here in the U.P.

Pictured Rocks is just like any other park, a safe place but there are still some hazards.

One of the hazards being Lake Superior, when venturing out on the lake this summer there are a couple things to keep in mind.

“Be sure to check the forecast, monitor the marine forecast. Don’t just check it before you go out, check it while you’re out there too. Carry the proper safety equipment, have the proper attire. Make sure you are properly trained for the activity you are doing,” said Shaun Hughes, Chief Ranger of Munising.

A lot of these minor rescues that can be prevented by just following rules, it can set the rangers back from helping someone else.

“Tie up resources from larger rescues or more life threatening, we’re fortunate to have top notch rescue and emergency services here in Alger County. We have a high percentage rate of successful rescues. We do our best, but nothing is guaranteed,” said Hughes.

Before doing any activity at the park its important to do your research and be prepared for the activity you are doing. The Alger County park rangers don’t want you to shy away from all the activities Pictured Rocks has to offer.

“We want you to enjoy our national lake shore to the fullest extend possible, before doing anything just take a moment and stop. Think about what hazards might be present and how you can do that safely. If you’re not sure do some research on the area or ask our staff. They are there to help,” Hughes added.

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