In recognition of the island's twenty-five years as a National Recreation Area, the Forest Service is sponsoring a free "Grand Island Day" event including free ferry transportation and bus tour, and special programs throughout the day. Bring the family and come check it out! For more details, check out the event news release.
Grand Island is located in Lake Superior, about one-half mile from the mainland community of Munising, Michigan. Munising is about 43 miles from Marquette and 55 miles from Manistique. Grand Island is the perfect place to spend a day or even just a few hours biking and exploring. The island’s breathtaking overlooks, pristine sandy beaches, fascinating cultural sites, deep hard woods, and inland lakes make it an exciting and secluded destination.
Visitors can get to the island via passenger ferry or private watercraft. The ferry departs from Grand Island Landing on the mainland, located on M-28 about 2.5 miles west of the Munising's blinking light. Look for the Grand Island National Recreation Area signs. For the 2014 season, the passenger ferry service to Grand Island will operate under a new concessionaire. For ferry schedule and bike rental information contact Grand Island Ferry Service, Inc at (906) 387-2600.
To learn about rustic rental cabins available on the island Click Here. For rustic cabin and group campsite reservations on Grand Island NRA, contact Recreation.gov online or at (877)-444-6777 (toll-free).
To view the Grand Island Recreation Area Map Click Here
The West Unit is located in the central of the Upper Peninsula, bordering two of the Great Lakes - Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. The western portion of the Hiawatha extends from the towns of Rapid River and Manistique, along Lake Michigan, to the town of Munising on the Lake Superior shore. For information about free educational campground programs on these three Ranger Districts, view the 2014 Schedule of Activities.
The East Unit is located in the east side of the Upper Peninsula, bordering three of the Great Lakes - Lake Superior, Lake Michigan and Lake Huron. he eastern portion stretches north from the town of St. Ignace, which lies along Lakes Michigan and Huron, to the shore of Lake Superior west of the city of Sault Ste. Marie.