La Chappelle: The incredible Chapel Rock

Chapel Rock by John Gagnon Atlas Obscura says that although there’s a whole lot to see in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, hikers should keep their eyes peeled for one feature in particular: Chapel Rock, once known as La Chappelle: Composed of Cambrian age sandstone dating back approximately 500 million years, Chapel Rock is the … Continue reading La Chappelle: The incredible Chapel Rock

Waterfall Wednesday: Early Winter at Miners Falls

Early Winter at Miners Falls by Michigan Nut Photography John McCormick aka Michigan Nut is one of my favorite photographers. He’s been sharing some great videos he took this year at some of Michigan’s waterfalls on his Facebook page – check them out! The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore explains that Miners Falls is where the … Continue reading Waterfall Wednesday: Early Winter at Miners Falls

Fall at Miners Castle

Miners Castle by Charles Bonham I always wondered about the whole “miner” thing with Miners River/Falls/Castle in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.  The Miners Falls Trail Guide explains that: Visited by passing English geologists in 1771-1772, the nearby Miners River was named by employees of Alexander Henry during one of his exploratory trips on Lake Superior. … Continue reading Fall at Miners Castle

Happy 48th Birthday, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore!

Pictured Rocks Caves by Heather Higham Central Michigan University’s Clarke Historical Library says that on October 7, 1972 Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore was officially dedicated: Authorized by Congress in 1966 as the nation’s first national lakeshore, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore today encompassed over 73,000 acres of multicolored sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, inland lakes, … Continue reading Happy 48th Birthday, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore!

Spray Falls in the Pictured Rocks

Spray Falls by Michigan Nut Photography Just can’t get enough of John’s photos from the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The Pictured Rocks’ Waterfall page says: Located about 1.75 miles northeast of Chapel Beach. Spray Falls plunges about 70 feet over the Pictured Rocks cliffs directly into Lake Superior. This remote waterfall is best viewed from the … Continue reading Spray Falls in the Pictured Rocks

#TBT Miners Castle Loses a Turret

Freezing, photo by Lars Jensen Here’s a throwback Thursday post with an article originally published April 14, 2006 on Absolute Michigan… The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore reports that one of the two turrets on Miner’s Castle is no more: On Thursday morning, April 13, 2006, the northeast turret of Miners Castle collapsed. One turret remains on … Continue reading #TBT Miners Castle Loses a Turret

The Pink Sands of Sand Point

Pink Sand at Sand Point, photo courtesy Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore shared this photo yesterday saying: Is this sand pink? Yes it Is! The pink sand on the beach can be found on the northeast corner of Sand Point at the very end of Sand Point Rd. The pink sand is actually … Continue reading The Pink Sands of Sand Point

A Blaze of Green at Pictured Rocks

Untitled, photo by Steve Nowakowski It’s hard to convey the unique beauty of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in a single photo, but the stunning green of this picture really triggered memories for me of some of my best and brightest days in one of Michigan’s crown jewels. Steve took this on a boat tour in August of 2016 … Continue reading A Blaze of Green at Pictured Rocks

Breaking Fall at Gerlach Point

Breaking Fall – Gerlach Point, photo by Aaron C. Jors Gerlach Point is located east of Miner’s Beach in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. View Aaron’s photo from fall of 2015 bigger, see more in his Michigan slideshow, and view & purchase more photos at Aaron C. Joors Photography. Lots more from Pictured Rocks on Michigan in … Continue reading Breaking Fall at Gerlach Point