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. Some campsites are conveniently located for kayakers. 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.  

To view the Grand Island Recreation Area Map Click Here.

If you're interested in the island's history, check out the Grand Island 25th Anniversary Page (archived).

East End Overlook on Grand Island Bikers waiting for the Ferry at William Boating around Grand Island Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse East end of the North Beach

At a Glance

Operational Hours: For ferry schedule and information contact the Grand Island Ferry Service, Inc. website or facebook page or call 906-387-2600.
Reservations: Reservations - Reservations are required for camping on Grand Island between Memorial Day and Columbus Day. Cobble Cove, Flat Rock and Muskrat Point are first come, first served.
Fees Standard Amenity Fee for Day Use of Grand Island is $5 per person per trip.  Overnight camping in indivdiual sites (4-6 people) range from $8 - $10 per night. Group Campsites (up to 25 people) are $30 per night.
Usage: Medium-Heavy

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Beaches & Dunes

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Mountain Biking

The island provides over 40 miles of rugged dirt/sand trails and easier gravel roads that will accommodate any level of biker.

For example, a family planning a day of biking can arrive on the early boat, take a leisurely pace and travel partway up the west rim trail, cut across the island on an old logging road to Trout Bay Overlook, travel down to Trout Bay day use area for a picnic meal and beach walk, and finish the day biking down along Murray Bay to Williams Landing in time to return to the mainland.

More advanced, energetic cyclists can mountain bike the 20-mile main island perimeter route in four to six hours, with time for brief stops and some exploration.

If you don’t have a bike with you, no problem! The Grand Island Ferry Service rents mountain bikes right at William's Landing. For more information about bike rentals or ferry schedules, please call 906- 387-2600 or visit Grand Island Ferry Service, Inc.

If you are traveling to and from the island on the passenger ferry, keep the ferry schedule in mind as you plan your time on the island. Consider your level of fitness and your pace as you make route choices. Bicycling off roads and trails is not allowed. Please respect private property signs.

Status: Open

Camping & Cabins

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Nature Viewing

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Outdoor Learning

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Scenic Driving

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Water Activities

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Areas & Activities


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