Pictured Rocks to begin charging 1st entrance fee in March

Michigan

A July 13, 2016, file image of the Miners Rock formation at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. (Rachel Van Gilder/WOOD TV8)

MUNISING, Mich. (AP) — Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore will soon begin charging visitors entrance fees for the first time in the 55-year history of the tourist destination in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

Park officials announced Monday that the park along Lake Superior will start charging visitor fees starting March 1, 2022, and that camping fees and lighthouse tour fees will increase as of Jan. 1. Superintendent David Horne says the new and increased fees will help finance infrastructure improvements at the 70,000-acre park, which last year saw a record more than 1.2 million visitors.

The new entrance fee will be phased in over a three-year period:

Effective Jan. 1, 2022:

  • Campground fees will increase from $20 to $25 per night per site at Little Beaver Lake, Twelvemile Beach, and Hurricane River Campgrounds
  • Au Sable Lighthouse tours will be $5 per person.

Effective March 1, 2022:

  • Per person walk, bicycle, or boat-in (good for 7 continuous days): $5.00
  • Seven-day motorcycle pass: $10.00
  • Seven-day vehicle pass: $10.00
  • Pictured Rocks Annual Pass (good for 12 months): $20.00

Effective Jan. 1, 2023:

  • Per person walk, bicycle, or boat-in (good for 7 continuous days): $10.00
  • Seven-day motorcycle pass: $15.00
  • Seven-day vehicle pass: $20.00
  • Pictured Rocks Annual Pass (good for 12 months): $30.00

Effective Jan. 1, 2024:

  • Per person walk, bicycle, or boat-in (good for 7 continuous days): $15.00
  • Seven-day motorcycle pass: $20.00
  • Seven-day vehicle pass: $25.00
  • Pictured Rocks Annual Pass (good for 12 months): $45.00
  • A vehicle pass covers entrance fees for a driver and all passengers in a personal vehicle. Children aged 15 or under are admitted free.
  • Commercial Tour Fee Effective January 1, 2023:
    • Sedan (1-6 Persons): $25.00 Per Person Rate
    • Van (7-15 Persons): $40.00
    • Mini-Bus (16-25 Persons): $40.00
    • Motor coach (26 Persons and up): $100.00

There are also several passes available that provide access to not just the park, but more than 2,000 federal parks and lands including national forests and wildlife refuges. To learn more about the passes and how to get them, visit the National Park Service’s website.

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