Grand Island

Grand Island is one of the newest National Recreation Areas in the United States. The island's rough dirt roads are tailor-made for the wide tires of mountain bikes. It is also a great spot for hiking, camping, nature study and picnicking.

Pictured Rocks Cruises, Inc. operates a passenger ferry to and from Grand Island. During the peak summer season, there are several daily round trips to the island. The unpredictable weather of Lake Superior adds to the wild character of the island. Visitors are advised to constantly monitor the weather. Be prepared to spend at least one extra night on the island if foul weather develops.

Once the boat drops you off, it will not pick you up until its next scheduled trip. The mosquitoes and black flies can be bad from mid-May to mid-July. Bring plenty of insect repellant and possibly even a head net during those months.

Drinking water is not available. Bring water with you or filter your own. Public toilets are located at Williams Landing and in the Trout and Murry Bay campsites. In other areas, practice "leave no trace" procedures.

Bald eagles, black bear and the common loon are some of the animals that live on the island. Fishing and hunting are both allowed on the island. Check at the Visitor Center for fishing restrictions and hunting information.

The joint U.S. Forest Service and National Park Service Visitor Information Center is at the intersection of M-28 and H-58 in Munising. Call the Visitor Center at (906)387-3700 for more information about Grand Island.