The Munising area was originally inhabited by Ojibwa who used the area as a summer camping ground. After the first exploration by Europeans, nearby Grand Island soon became a fur-trading outpost and later a steamship fueling station. In 1895 construction began on the town of Munising.
Sawmills, a tannery, and the Munising Woodenware Company led to greater development in the area. Now, Munising is a well-known base for visiting Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Munising hosts a variety of ways to explore the Lakeshore including guided kayaking experiences, summer cruises, pontoon rentals, and glass-bottomed boat shipwreck tours.
Other summer activities include hiking in Pictured Rocks which is well-known for its amazing collection of waterfalls and sand beaches. The area also has some fun city mountain biking trails along with easy access to the trail system at Valley Spurr. The area can get quite busy in the summer so if cooler temperatures are not a deterrent for you, try visiting in the fall when the dramatic fall colors perfectly accentuate the blue of Lake Superior and most of the bugs are gone. Munising hosts the Michigan Ice Fest in January which offers novices and world-renown climbers alike an opportunity to talk about adventure and climb some of the famous ice formations that develop in the area.
Munising’s downtown also offers a variety of dining experiences from delicious burgers at Eh Burgers to higher-end dining at Tracey’s (superb!). There are coffee shops, ice cream spots, and food trucks to fuel any adventure. The town also has a few interesting art galleries and tourist-geared shops.
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