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Pictured Rocks

Cool Dips, Wrecked Ships, and Sandy Feet

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The Hurricane River flows into Lake Superior.


1. Soap Dips in Lake Superior — The water is always envigorating, and even late July put my cold-water tolerances to the test. But not Laney who dipped 17 times in the chilly waters over the week we spent there. I think that she must be part seal. We use a smidge of biodegradable Camp Suds to help keep the waters clean.

2. Hike from Hurricane River Campground to the Au Sable Point Light —  This was just the right length hike for our at-the-time 8 year old. Even if it’s hot, you’ll want to wear long pants, long-sleeve shirts, and something to cover your head, as the bugs can be relentless at times. Be sure to hop down

Shipwreck remains on 12-Mile Beach in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Shipwreck remains on 12-Mile Beach in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

to the beach about two-thirds of the way down the trail to check out the washed-up remains of several shipwrecks. They’re just heavy beams with massive nails now, but the stories of this harrowing stretch of Lake Superior waters will captivate your kid’s imagination.

Au Sable Point Light Station

Au Sable Point Light Station

3. The Au Sable Light Station — A great picnic spot and the perfect reward at the end of a solid 1 1/2-mile hike from Hurricane River Campground. The docents were just starting to stir when we arrived, but don’t forget to bring $3 per person (6 and older) in exact bills, if you please, for the lighthouse tour. You can check out the museum on the ground floor for free, but have to pay to get to the top of the lighthouse.

5 Comments to Pictured Rocks

  1. Chris cheadle says:

    I like Pictured Rocks, too I have only been there once. Have you ever been to Tahquamenon Falls?

  2. Michelle Gorney says:

    One of my favorite camping spots of all times! We love 12 mile beach and the hiking trails in the park. We did not make it there this summer as we opted for a 5 day trip to Copper Harbor area. Excited to see your family adventures! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Susan Sharp says:

    I LOVE the Pictured Rocks! My brother and I are going hiking there in August. Your trip sounds awesome!!!! I’m looking forward to following your trip.
    Have fun!

  4. Laney says:

    I love Pictured Rocks National Park.It is so beautiful there.

  5. Carol says:

    Hurricane River campground was so beautiful. Sunsets were glorious and the cooler weather kept the bugs away! Don’t forget to bring your kayaks for water views of Pictured Rocks. But be safe because Lake Superior waters are frigid!

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