Welcome to Grand Island!
Located off the shore of Munising, Grand Island is a 13,500 acre addition to the Hiawatha National Forest. Designated a National Recreation Area in 1990, Grand Island showcases a rich natural and cultural history. The Island is approximately eight miles long and three miles across at its widest point, making it the largest island on the south shore of Lake Superior.
The rich diversity of flora and fauna make the island a perfect destination for wildlife and plant enthusiasts. Many animals call Grand Island home, including fox, white-tailed deer, pine martens, snowshoe hare, little brown bats, and a wide variety of birds. Of course, the most talked about and sought-after animal is the black bear. Although elusive, the black bear can often be seen in the late summer and fall snacking on berries and acorns. A northern conifer hardwood forest provides habitat for an abundance of wildflowers, including orchids, and other plant species.
Grand Island is the perfect place to spend a day, weekend, or even just a few hours biking and exploring. The island's breathtaking overlooks, pristine sand beaches, fascinating cultural sites, deep hard woods, and inland lakes make it an exciting and secluded destination. As you plan your stay consider the following:
Historic Sites & Overlooks
There are a number of special sites and overlooks not to be missed on your visit to Grand Island. Grand Island Ferry Service rents bikes for you to explore the island at your own pace. If you have your own bike, we encourage you to bring your own. There is an additional $5 charge (round trip) per bike to the island. For more information about sightseeing via bike (have this be a hot link to the next page with the bike)
Here's a list of sites you should visit while on the island.
- Trout Bay Boat
- Historic District
- Stone Quarry Cabin
- Historic Cementery
- Duck Lake Overlook
- Echo Lake
- Trout Bay Overlook
- Farm Field
- Waterfall Beach and Mather Beach Overlooks
Bike or Hike Grand Island
The island provides a combination of rugged dirt/sand trails and easier gravel roads that will accommodate any level of biker or hiker. For example, a family planning a day of biking can arrive on the early boat, take a leisurely pace and travel partway up the west rim trail, cut across the island on an old logging road to Trout Bay Overlook, travel down to Trout Bay day use area for a picnic and beach walk, and finish the day biking down along Murray Bay to Williams Landing in time to return to the mainland. More advanced, energetic cyclists can mountain bike the 20-mile main island perimeter route in four to six hours, with time for brief stops and some exploration. Bicycling off roads and trails is not allowed because it damages fragile vegetation.
If you don't have a bike with you, no problem! The Grand Island Ferry Service rents mountain bikes right at William's Landing. For more information about bike rentals or ferry schedules, please call (906) 387-2600. If you are traveling to and from the island on the passenger ferry, keep the ferry schedule in mind as you plan your time on the island. Consider your level of fitness and your pace as you make route choices.
There are few amenities on Grand Island. You must plan to bring all of your food and supplies with you. Drinking water and pit toilets are available at the landing and day use areas. In the spring, the biting flies and mosquitoes can be plentiful and voracious. We recommend not only bug spray but head nets and loose clothing that covers your arms and legs. Vehicles are not allowed on Grand Island except in special circumstances. Dogs are allowed on Grand Island on a leash.
One of the best places to see a bear is on Grand Island. If you are both lucky and observant, you may be able to see a black bear during your visit. Please remember that these are wild animals and are not to be harassed or fed. Bear boxes and poles are located throughout the island to store food while you are on the island. Use leave-notrace techniques and remove all trash and food items from the island.
"Enjoy your Grand Island adventure."
What We Offer:
- Ferry service to Grand Island National Recreation Area
- Bike rentals (mountain bikes, adult beach cruisers, tow behind trailer for children, fat tire bikes
- Guided tours
- May 22nd - June 16th: 9am, noon, 3:30pm
- June 17th - September 18th: 9am, 10am, 11am, noon, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, 5pm, 6pm
- July 4th: 9am, 10am, 11am, noon
- September 19th - October 9th: 9am, noon, 3:30pm
Grand Island Map:
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- Adults $15 (round trip)
- Children (6-12 years) $10
- 5 & under: Free
- Bike transport to island: $8
- Kayak transport to island: $10
- Mountain bike: $30/day
- Beach cruiser: $20/day
- Fat tire: $40/day
- Tow behind trailer for children (holds 2): $20
All pricing includes Hiawatha National Forest island use fee.