Historic Grand Island

With 25 miles of Pictured Rocks along it's shoreline and two lighthouses, Grand Island is a designated National Recreation Area and part of the Hiawatha National Forest.  It is one-half mile from the mainland of Munising.  The name Munising is derived from the Ojibwa word “Minnising”, meaning “Place of the Great Island”, referring to Grand Island. 

Fast Facts

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  • Shoreline boasts areas tallest cliffs
  • Sandstone cliff formations tower at 300 ft
  • Outcrops are 500 million years old
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  • 5 ½ times larger than Mackinac island
  • Largest island on south shore of Lake Superior
  • 35 miles of shoreline
  • Over 13,600 acres of dense woodland
  • Includes two lakes
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  • Home to East Channel and North Light lighthouses
  • North Light sits at 800 ft above sea level (highest lighthouse above sea level in the world)