Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore To Begin Charging Entrance Fees
The park has had an upswing in visitors over the past five years, and they will use the funds for upkeep and improvements.
The National Park Service announced Monday that they will be begin charging an entry fee for visitors to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, which runs from Munising to Grand Marias along Lake Superior.
“The new fee will provide much-needed funding for park improvements,” National Lakeshore Superintendent David Horne said. “We were very thankful for the support we received during the public comment period.”
For phase one, which kicks in on March 1, 2022, the fees will be fairly nominal, it will cost a carload $10 for a seven day pass, and you can purchase an annual pass for $20.
If you're walking, boating or biking in, the fee will be $5.
A vehicle pass covers entrance fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle. Children aged 15 or under are admitted free.
The fees will kick up to $20 per vehicle on March 1 2023, and $25 per car load on March 1, 2024.
Campground fees will increase from $20 to $25 per night per site at Little Beaver Lake, Twelvemile Beach, and Hurricane River Campgrounds. Au Sable Lighthouse tours will be $5 per person.
The National Park Service has charged an entry fee for years at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore near Empire to much success.
The fees create a fund for making improvements and keeping up with increasing traffic by providing better services for campers and visitors to the parks.
The Pictured Rocks Lakeshore has seen record numbers of visitors for seven consecutive years, hitting over a million visitors the last two summers.
Camping fee increases, along with lighthouse tour fee increases will go up beginning on January 1, 2022.
A Photo Tour Of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore