Grand Island

Munising, Michigan 49862

Grand Island

Grand Island Professional Review and Guide

"Grand Island is located about a half mile from the mainland near Munising, Michigan. Originally owned by the Cleveland Cliffs Mining Company, the island has now been designated as a National Recreation Area. This large island of 13,500 acres is covered in hardwood forests and has a beautiful shoreline, ranging from sheltered bays with sand beaches to towering sandstone coastal cliffs that rise over 200 feet from the water.

Many of the cliffs have been carved by the elements, forming sea arches and sea caves. For nonpaddlers a ferry run by the National Forest Service, which makes four trips a day in summer months, is available from Powell Point. The island has many dirt roads and trails for hikers and mountain bikers."

Grand Island Reviews

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I left from the Grand Island Ferry Launch and paddled 5 miles directly to Wood Island on the west side of Grand Island. I made a complete loop around CW and hiked on the island for a bit. I then made the 2 mile crossing from the southern tip of Wood Island due East to Grand Island. I looped Grand Island CW, cutting across some bay areas for time, and headed back for the car. I did this in one day but an overnight is recommended. The scenery is unbelievable and I got close up to a bald eagle. Cool! Equipment: 17ft Seaward Vision Departure: 8:45AM, Return: 7:15PM Total Time: 10.5 hrs (includes 1.5 hrs hiking/breaks). Total Distance: 26 miles Weather: 40-60F, sun/clouds, slight wind.
If you are looking for a place to get away, this is the place you want to go. There was one other person there with his dog that was getting on the boat to go backpacking. You can stay on the Island for a $2 donation and stay for as long you like. Pictured rocks is so close it worth taking a long weekend and checking out the sites. The few people that live on the Island are friendly and informative about the weather and conditons you be embarking on in your travels. Godspeed!

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Trail Information

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Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Overnight or multiday trip
Spring to fall, weather permitting
NOAA 14963 & USGS: Alger County at 1:100,000
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Jul 2018