Pictured Rocks ~ A Magical Place

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is a magical place. Stretching over forty-plus miles along the southern shore of Lake Superior are sandstone cliffs, waterfalls, forests, rivers, beaches, and towering dunes. A couple of summers ago I was fortunate to visit and I tried to capture some of the beauty of the place. Photos don’t really do it justice though. You need to see it to believe it. If you go,
plan to stay at least a week. It’s a long way from the bridge, but worth every mile.
Much beauty awaits!


You can walk an interpretive trail out to the top of the dunes. Along the way, you might spy some beautiful wildflowers.

lady’s slipper
lady’s slipper

You can stand atop the dunes, looking out over Lake Superior, and marvel at the distance of the crashing waves below — if you can see them through the fog!

long way down
a very foggy day atop the Grand Sable dunes, looking way down into Lake Superior

A little further west, you get some idea of the size and scope of the dunes.

looking east toward Grand Sable Bank and dunes



The best way to view the “pictures” of Pictured Rocks is from the water. You could kayak in the freezing waters of Superior, or for the more faint-hearted like me, boat tours are offered. Best time to go is first thing in the morning, when the sun lights up the spectacular colors. These pictures were taken in the afternoon.

pools of pure green run right up to rocky ledges rising straight out of the lake

Fascinating geological features abound…

proof of the amazing power of wind and water

“Mineral stains give color to the famous cliffs of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Red and orange colors are iron, black is manganese, white is limonite, and green is a trace of copper. There are no pictographs or petroglyphs on the Pictured Rocks cliffs (that we know of). ” — excerpted from Pictured Rocks for Kids copyright National Park Service.

pictured rocks mineral deposits
close up of mineral deposits

Ah yes, magical! 🙂



  1. Sushma said

    Stunning pictures Linda.. Apart from a great cook you are a great potographer…

    That’s so sweet of you to say, Sushma… it helps to have pretty scenery and in that I am lucky! Glad you enjoyed them 🙂

  2. MeltingWok said

    Linda, been so tired lately, and to come in to see these lovely pictures just lifted my spirits, thx !! I love the last 3 ones, especially !!!! :))

    Thank you Shirley, glad to hear you got a smile from these. You should visit someday if you can, you would love it I’m sure! 🙂

  3. shaheen said

    wow! Is it warm there now or is it best to visit in summer?what a set of photos.

    Hi Shaheen, the park is open year round, but it can get pretty cold up there in winter! I went in summer, but would like to go sometime in spring and also in fall. Autumn colors in Michigan are as beautiful as our neck of the woods 🙂

  4. Anil said

    Do elves walk in those Wildflower slippers?

    Sure would be neat to think so wouldn’t it, Anil? 🙂

  5. sia said

    magical… ur weekend pics r treat to my eyes and heart linda:)

    I’m so happy you enjoyed these, Supriya. Your beautiful photos are a treat to me every day! 🙂

  6. soumya said

    Hey this is simply awesome.Love the pictures here.Really the photograpy is so superb that feel like i was really there so real …….hats off to you

    Thank you so much, Soumya — it’s easy to get a good photo when the subject is so fabulous! 🙂

  7. indosungod said

    Linda, beautiful pictures. Wonderful treat indeed.

    Thank you ISG — I’m so happy you liked them. This would be a wonderful vacation trip for you guys sometime 🙂

  8. Lera said

    Impressive scenery,so very picturesque!Linda,I miss a few days and look what you’ve posted ,a pure visual delight,would love to see more of these …:))

    Happy to see you back, Lera! I’m glad you found the scenery to your liking — I hope to visit again and get some more pics 🙂

  9. Mishmash! said

    Absolutely stunning ! Still looking at that second last pic !!


    Thanks Shn — wish you could see it in person — it really is a stunning place 🙂

  10. mandira said

    Beautiful pictures, looks wonderful esp the last two. Now I know what they mean by mineral deposits! 🙂

    Thanks Mandira — they’re even more pronounced in morning light. You’re not so far from Michigan out there, you know… 😉

  11. I love your pictures and I love living in Michigan, except today maybe. We’re having the coldest Easter weekend in over 25 years. Snow covered eveything after 75 degree temps. last week, and we’re expecting more tonight. The daffodils and tulips are drooping. But when we green up, it’s like no other state around.
    Love the music by the way!!

    Hi Piana, thanks for your kind comment. I see there is plenty of snow up there lately! Hope you get some real spring soon 🙂

  12. MeltingWok said

    Usually its always rushing in and out, and got no time to notice anything in nature like, after this post, I just started to notice something, roses are growing in my apartment garden hahahaha, my goddd, for the 2nd time I think, gosh, I’m such a nature ignorant, anyway, thx for this great pix., I’ve reminded myself to stop and look around more hahaha :))

    I love roses!! Few more months before we see those on this coast Shirley — enjoy yours! 🙂

  13. Therese Scram said

    You are an exquisite artist. After seeing your photos, I am anxious to re-visit the area and see it through your perceptive eyes. Thank you for the joy you bring to me on this stunningly beautiful day in Marquette, Michigan.

    Thank you so much for your kind comment, Therese — I’m so happy you enjoyed the photos. Michigan is full of beautiful places, Marquette among them 🙂

  14. Savannah said

    These pictures literally took my breath away. Thank you.

  15. shantha kumar said

    Wonderful page am looking forward to learn some recipe

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