Grand Marais Maritime MuseumPictured Rocks National Lakeshore, is in the former Grand Marais Coast Guard station, an impressive two-and-a-half-story affair topped by a tower room (not open to the public). Displays are done in the minimalist style typical of the National Parks Service, which spotlights a few objects such as a breeches buoy used by lifesavers. There are some photos of local fishermen and the lifesaving station here. The toilet in the womens room is in almost the very place where the Coast Guard radioman last made contact with the Edmund Fitzgerald.
Take Lake Ave./M-77 through town. Just before it ends at the beach, turn right onto Canal/CR 702 and go east past the North Shore Lodge. Museum is on left. Museum hours vary from year to year, depending of National Parks Service staffing and volunteers. Call 494-2660 or 387-3700 for current hours. Free. Donations appreciated. Handicap accessible.
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POINTS OF INTEREST
Harbor entrance, range lights, pier & beach. Fish from the long stone pier jutting far out into Lake Superior, protecting the harbor. Or walk the long beach and enjoy the range light, & 2 museums, one in the old Coast Guard station, draw people to Coast Guard Point ... more
Pickle Barrel Museum. A summer house in two giant barrels for the creator of the long-lived Teenie Weenie cartoons. Now saved from rot and open to the public with historical displays and period rooms circa 1930. ... more
Gitche Gumee Agate & History Museum. Agates, rockhounding, geology, commercial fishing, and the self-sufficient local lifestyle after the lumber company left – Karen Bryzs's heartfelt museum tells these stories ... more
North Country Trail/Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Hike the trail connecting the lakeshore's prominent sights to experience them more fully than a drive-up-and-go-on view. Plan your hike so a shuttle bus can take you back ... more
Log Slide Overlook. Almost 300 feet above Lake Superior, there are splendid views to the Au Sable Lighthouse and the immense expanses of the Grand Sable Dunes. Exhibits show the scene when loggers rolled logs down for loading on ships ... more
Kingston Plains Burns. The best-known of the U.P.'s eerie stump fields or ghost forests created when forest fires across the cutover were so hot they burned off the soil's humus and the forest couldn't grow back. Pine resin preserved giant stumps. Some still remain ... more