Ways to Experience Grand Island
A little over a half-mile off the shores of Munising, MI, sits Grand Island. As part of the Hiawatha National Forest, Grand Island is an extension of the glacier-creation known as Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Grand Island boasts 13,500 acres of beautiful Upper Peninsula hardwood forest with spectacular sandstone cliffs rising 300 feet above the lake’s surface.
One great way to see the island is by boat. Paddling Michigan offers a Catamaran Dinner Cruise each night during the summer months, which leaves conveniently from Uncle Ducky’s Paddler’s Village. Dinner from The Duck Pond Eatery & Beer Garden is included in the price and can be eaten before, during, or after cruising.
It’s a casual affair, as are most things in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and a perfect complement to your Paddling Michigan kayak day tour. Sit back, relax, and let someone else do the work, while you experience the beauty that is Michigan. For more information on the cruise, and to purchase tickets, click here.
Trails and Hiking on Grand Island
Because of its proximity to Munising, Grand Island is easily reachable by boat or kayak. But be sure to check the weather before you head over. Lake Superior’s average temperature is about 50 degrees, and a small wind shift can change the weather in an instant.
Grand Island’s well-maintained trail system completely encompasses the 23-mile perimeter of the island. Visitors to the island are free to hike and bike the trails at their leisure.
For trail runners and endurance challenge enthusiasts, the U.S. Forest Service sponsors the Grand Island Marathon, which includes a 50K route as well as a half marathon option. Although you might not get a large cheering crowd at the finish, it might be the most beautiful course you’ll see in the Midwest.
The date of this year’s event is July 21, 2018, and registration is open until July 20, 2018 or until capacity. There is no race day registration. For more information and to register, click here.
Grand Island In The Winter
Grand Island is also a place of wonder and beauty in the winter. Snowmobiles are allowed on the island and are a favorite way to access it over a frozen Lake Superior. Again, it is advisable to check local weather and ice conditions before making the trek. Holes and cracks can develop in the ice, with shifting winds and warming temperatures.
Once there, we recommend visiting the ice caves on the southeastern side of the island. They are easily accessible – and spectacular! Be sure to bring your camera.
Uncle Ducky’s Paddler’s Village is open during the winter months for a unique winter camping experience across from Grand Island. Try one of their heated yurts or cabins. Then enjoy a winter campfire and stargazing to complete your trip.
Visit Pictured Rocks and Grand Island
Your Pictured Rocks vacation is not complete without a trip around Grand Island. Whether by boat or on foot, Paddling Michigan has what you need to make the most of your Pure Michigan adventure!