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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Michigan

This shoreline in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is named for its colorful sandstone cliffs, which stretch for 15 miles along the shores of Lake Superior. As groundwater leaches out of the rocks, it carries minerals such as iron, manganese, and copper that paint the cliffs in shades of red, pink, black, green, and other colors. The park itself, which is roughly the size of five Manhattans, delights visitors with waterfalls, beaches, and rock formations—some resembling human profiles and castle turrets.


Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a U.S. National Lakeshore on the shore of Lake Superior in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, United States. It extends for 42 miles along the shore and covers 73,236 acres. The park offers spectacular scenery of the hilly shoreline between Munising, Michigan and Grand Marais, Michigan, with various rock formations like natural archways, waterfalls, and sand dunes.
Established: Oct 15, 1966
Area: 114.43 sq miles (296.38 km²)
Annual visitors: 476,888 (2005)
Managed by: National Park Service

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