One of Michigan's most popular tourist attractions in the Upper Peninsula has begun charging admission to enter as of March 1, 2022.

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Pictured Rocks National Shoreline

Cliff at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has long been a destination for Michiganders and tourists for as long as I can remember. The park is located in Alger County, Michigan, and is well known for its natural beauty. The big draw to the park is the multicolored Pictured Rocks cliffs but also the sandstone formations like Miners Castle and Chapel Rock. Plus there are tons of shipwrecks that are near the shoreline of Lake Superior.

History of Pictured Rocks

Pictured Rocks earned its name from the 15 miles of mineral-stained, sandstone cliffs. The park is the first national lakeshore in the country and was established in 1966. You can see amazing rust colors where groundwater seeps through the cracks and runs down the rocks. The rocks were so eye-catching they were quarried in the late 1800s to make buildings.

The breakdown of the colors is red which represents iron, green and pink represent copper, yellow and brown represents limonite, and black and white represent manganese.

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Entrance Fee For Pictured Rocks

As of March 1, 2022, Pictured Rocks National Shoreline has begun charging fees to enter the park in order to help with park improvements.

According to FOX 17, Pictured Rocks will be implementing entrance fee increases over a three-year period in phases.

  • March 1, 2022 - bicycle, boat-in, or walk is $5 for 7 continuous days. A 7-day vehicle or motorcycle pass is $10, and the annual yearly pass is $20.
  • January 1, 2023, bicycle, boat-in, or walk is $10 for 7 continuous days. A 7-day vehicle will move up to $20 and a motorcycle pass is $15, and the annual yearly pass gets bumped to $30. Commercial Tour fee for a vehicle with 1-6 passengers will be $25 + Per Person, Van with 7-15 passengers will be $40, Mini-Bus with 16-25 passengers will be $40, a Motorcoach with 26 passengers and up will be $100.
  • January 1, 2024, bicycle, boat-in, or walk moves up to $15 for 7 continuous days. A 7-day vehicle will move up to $25 and a motorcycle pass is $20, and the annual yearly pass gets bumped to $45.

Pictured Rocks Campgrounds

There are just over 60 front-country campsites and 14 backcountry campsites. As of January 1, 2022 campsite fees moved from $20 to $25 per day. To look up individual campsites, look for Little Beaver Lake, Twelvemile Beach, and Hurrican River Campgrounds.

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