Pictured Rocks begins opening campsites, increasing visitor access

MUNISING –One of the UP’s most popular tourist destinations is increasing recreational access to visitors, starting today.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has spent the last several weeks preparing for summer visitation, and has announced the opening of several camping areas.

Like one park official explains, the opening is a welcome one, especially for people looking to enjoy the outdoors post–quarantine.

“It feels good,” said Susan Reece, Chief of Interpretation & Education for the park. “We’re happy to open the park to the public, get people out there. We know how important it is to get out in the fresh air, get out in nature. We know it makes people feel a lot better, especially after being maybe stuck at home for a couple of months. We’re happy to have everybody back, it’s a great park, and so we want everyone to come out and enjoy it.”

As of today, Little Beaver Lake and 12 Mile Beach campgrounds are open, along with the park’s backcountry campsites. The Upper Hurricane and Lower Hurricane River campsites remain closed, although they are planned to open next weekend.

Pictured Rocks cruises will resume Monday, June 15th. Visitor centers and the Au Sable lighthouse remain closed, although visitor services will be provided by information boards and by phone.

The park is asking visitors to recreate responsibly by planning ahead, know where you’re going, maintain a safe distance from others, and know your limits when venturing out.

Reservations must be made in order to camp, and can be made here.