Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

MUNISING, MI--   The Alger County Chamber of Commerce has canceled this summer’s Pictured Rocks Days.

The Munising event was scheduled for June 13 and 14 at Binsfeld Bayshore Park. It normally draws thousands of people each year, but authorities decided to cancel the celebration to keep everyone safe. Chamber Executive Director Kathy Reynolds says there was no other choice.

Also canceled this year is the Pictured Rocks Cruises Yoopers Ride Free event. The cruise line offers Upper Peninsula residents a free tour of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore with a valid ID.


MUNISING, Mich. (AP) — The National Park Service official says Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore might require an entrance free for visitors of the tourist destination that stretches along Lake Superior's shoreline in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, according to the National Park Service. The Detriot Free Press reports Friday that the park has always been free of charge. Park spokeswoman Susan Reece notes that the fee could fund some park updates, including beach access, a wheelchair accessible trail and other projects.

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MUNISING, MI--   A huge chunk of cliff fell into Lake Superior, narrowly missing some kayakers at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Monday.

WLUC-TV reports the group was between Miners Beach and Mosquito Beach. Smaller rocks had fallen near the 18 kayakers and their guide thought they were far enough away when the section of cliff plummeted into the water. No one was injured, but everyone was more than a bit stunned.


MUNISING, MI (AP)--   Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is switching to a reservation system for camping, a change that reflects the park's growing popularity.

People who want to camp, starting July 11, will need a reservation by going to www.reservation.gov or calling (877) 444-6777. The reservation system opens Thursday.

MUNISING, MI--   Four people had to be rescued from a Pictured Rocks beach Tuesday when their canoe took on water. 

Around 9 p.m. the Alger County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Pictured Rocks Boat Cruises reporting four people near Bridal Falls about a mile east of Miners Beach. Alger County Rescue 21 responded with two boats.

Officials say two adults and two small children were canoeing along the lakeshore when they were overtaken by rising winds and waves. The canoe took on a substantial amount of water, which rendered it inoperable.

MUNISING, MI--   Officials have released additional details regarding a fatal fall at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Wednesday.

National Park Service officials say around 1:30 p.m. Tu Thanh Nguyen, 32, of Sunnyvale, California was hiking by herself on the North Country Trail. She stopped about a half-mile east of Grand Portal Point to take pictures of herself when she fell about 200 feet off the cliff edge to Lake Superior.

MUNISING, MI--   A California woman has fallen to her death at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. 

Wednesday around 2:30 p.m. park rangers responded to Chapel Beach on a report of a potentially deceased individual. Rangers and Alger County paramedics confirmed the 32-year-old woman had died as the result of a fall.

The incident is under investigation by National Park Service officers.

No other details are available at this time.

MUNISING, MI (AP)--   Scientists are studying water bodies in the area of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to determine what kind of fish live there. 

Fisheries biologist Cory Kovacs of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources says the sampling began in 2017, when staffers sampled Chapel Creek, Hurricane River, Miner's River, Rhody Creek, Towes Creek and Mosquito River.

This year, they'll head to Grand Sable Lake, Chapel Lake, Beaver Lake, Sevenmile Creek and Lowney Creek.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

MUNISING, MI--    A downstate man landed on the wrong side of the law after he climbed the Miner’s Castle turret at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Tuesday. 

Around 12:20 p.m. rangers noticed a man sitting on top of the turret. They say the 30-year-old Auburn Hills man ignored warning signs and jumped a fence to climb the landmark. He promptly got stuck. Members of Alger County Rescue 21 had to rig a rope system to get the man down.

MUNISING, MI (AP)--   A new quarter commemorates Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

The U.S. Mint and the National Park Service held an event Wednesday to launch the "America the Beautiful Quarters Program" coin.

The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore quarter is the 41st release in the program, a 12-year initiative that honors national parks and other national sites. Each year, five new national sites are being depicted on the tail sides of America the Beautiful quarters.

The Pictured Rocks coin shows Chapel Rock and a pine tree that grows atop it.