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Exploring Miners Castle

The colorful sandstone cliffs of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore tower 50 to 200 feet above Lake Superior. These sandstone cliffs stretch for about 15 miles along Lake Superior from Sand Point on the west to just after Spray Falls on the east. The most colorful portion of the cliffs begin east of Miners Beach.

Miners Castle was named by Englishman Alexander Henry’s employees when they were exploring the area for minerals in 1771. Though no minerals were ever found, the name “Miners” has endured.


Miners Castle is one of the most recognizable formations of the Pictured Rocks. On 4/13/06 it lost one of its two towers or “turrets”. The appearance of the castle changed immensely after the turret fell into Lake Superior. Rockfalls along the cliffs typically occur in the spring and fall due to the freezing and thawing action of Mother Nature. Miners Castle is the only cliff area in the park accessible by vehicle.


The Ultimate Kayaking Experience

The best way to explore the beautiful colors and caves of Lake Superior and get unique views of Miners Castle is with Pictured Rocks Kayaking. They offer the only excursions along the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore that are both a guided kayak tour and boat tour in one! Sit back and relax as you are taken to the best parts of the lakeshore. Enjoy a 3-hour guided adventure with just over an hour of paddle time along the start of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.


Pictured Rocks Kayaking is the only outfitter in Munising that has a kayak-launching boat that follows guests as they paddle along the park’s magical cliffs and sea caves. Because of this, paddlers will always be within a reasonable distance of restrooms and emergency help if needed.


Pictured Rocks Kayaking tours include a basic safety and paddling course before the tour, tandem (2-person) kayaks for stability and pairing with a guest or guide if part of an odd-number or single party. The custom-made kayak boat takes you to an offshore launch point and picks you up later, while the boat follows along for the whole tour, with restrooms and access to belongings. All tour guides are American Canoe Association (ACA) certified.


After exploring the best parts of the park from the water, kayakers get to enjoy a relaxing boat ride back to the mainland while admiring the stunning lakeshore.


Adventure Awaits!

Adventure awaits at Pictured Rocks Kayaking

Looking for a fun, unique time in one of the most beautiful places in the United States? You too can enjoy an adventurous and safe kayaking experience on Lake Superior in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Contact Pictured Rocks Kayaking and book your trip today!

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