Grand Island National Recreation Area


Grand Island's beautiful North Beach

Bring the family and check out Grand Island National Recreation Area!

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.  The passenger ferry service to Grand Island operates under a concessionaire.  For ferry schedule and bike rental information contact Grand Island Ferry Service, Inc at (906) 387-2600.

For information about Grand Island Bus Tours, contact Alger County Transit (Altran) at (906) 387-4845.

To learn about rustic rental cabins available on the island Click Here.  For rustic cabin and group campsite reservations on Grand Island NRA, contact online  (search 'Campsite on Grand Island') or at (877)-444-6777 (toll-free).

***NEW IN 2016 – Campsites on Grand Island National Recreation Area require reservations between June 15 and Labor Day.  Before and after this timeframe, all sites will remain first-come, first-served.  Please plan ahead and make your 2016 reservations now at  or by calling 1-877-444-6777***

To view the Grand Island Recreation Area Map Click Here.

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Reservations: For ferry schedule and information contact Grand Island Ferry Service, Inc. at 906-387-2600
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Walk along the beautiful beaches on Grand Island.

Calm waters beckon boaters and swimmers to Murray Bay where a lovely sand beach and Day Use Picnic Area are perfect for whiling away a lazy afternoon.

Explore pristine Trout Bay Beach where a long stretch of sugar sand affords spectacular views of Trout Bay Cliffs and far off in the distance, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

North Beach takes a little more effort to visit as it is 10 miles from William’s Landing, but it is well worth the effort. Arguably one of the most beautiful beaches in the Upper Peninsula, secluded North Beach will captivate you.

The west side of the Island boasts several stone covered beaches. The two most popular are Waterfall and Mather beaches. Perfect for rock hounds and agate seekers, these beaches also afford fantastic views of Lake Superior and Williams Island.

Metal detectors are not allowed in Grand Island Recreation Area.

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