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Historic Grand Island

Our tour showcases Grand Island,  which is rich in history and unsurpassed in beauty.  With miles of Pictured Rocks along it's shoreline and two lighthouses, it is now a designated National Recreation Area and part of the Hiawatha National Forest.   

Grand Island 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. 

Grand Island is approximately 5 ½ times larger than Mackinac Island. It is the largest island on the southern shore of Lake Superior at approximately eight miles long and three miles wide.  Grand Island has 35 miles of shoreline, encompassing over 13,600 acres of dense woodland, including two lakes.

There are two lighthouses on Grand Island, the East Channel and North Light.  Sitting at 800 feet above sea level the North Light is the highest lighthouse above sea level in the world.

Tools and artifacts found on beach ridges indicate Grand Island was inhabited by Native Americans between 4,000 and 5,000 years ago.  There are approximately 169 archaeological sites known on the island.  According to records, 77 are prehistoric, 82 are historic, and 10 include materials from both historic and prehistoric periods.

Grand Island boasts the areas tallest Pictured Rocks cliffs, towering at approximately 300 feet tall on the northwest side of island.  These outcrops are over 500 million years old.

Many animals roam the island.  Some species include white-tailed deer, fox, snowshoe hare, bats, bobcats, and of course black bear.  Since there are nests along the lakeshore, bald eagles are a common sight along Grand Island’s coastline.