Miner's Beach Visitor Use Management Plan
Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is enjoyed by visitors from all over the world. In recent years, it has experienced a dramatic increase in visitation, particularly at Sand Point and at Miners, Mosquito, and Chapel Beaches. Visitors, on their own or with commercial outfitters and commercial guided kayak groups, are drawn to these areas during the summer, which is increasing congestion. In some areas, use is exceeding the capacity of the beach parking areas and restrooms and degrading visitor experience, safety, and the quality of the shoreline, trails, and roads.
The National Park Service (NPS) is evaluating these issues and would like to hear your input as we consider visitor use management options in this area of the park. The Spring 2018 Visitor Use Management Update Newsletter (see "documents" at left) notes some initial options as well as ways to update our roads, parking areas, and transit connections, maybe even adding a new visitor center or contact station to orient visitors. We are also looking at managing use through control measures such as gates, fees, and timing restrictions for commercial services.
Please add your voice to the conversation.Your views are important as we begin developing a visitor use management plan. No decisions have yet been made on what approach we will take. You will have additional opportunities in the future to provide feedback as we proceed in this planning effort. The National Park Service sincerely appreciates your interest in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and look forward to hearing from you!
(906) 387-2607 ext. 1202