Munising's Grand Island Tour! Photography by Gina Harman

Grand Island - Echo Lake Photo Munising' Grand Island of Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Filled with history and lore, the Grand Island National Recreational Area of Munising Michigan offers a host of activities for the adventurous visitor. Grand Island is situated in Lake Superior and offers bus tours, biking, and hiking. Rustic camping is also available on Grand Island.
Photo Above: Echo Lake - the largest social lake in the United State of America. Social lakes are made purely by social animals - this one was created by beavers and has existed for many years.
Grand Island National Recreation Area offers the most spectacular long distance views of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and also engages the guest with its incredible cliff edges that can be over 300' high from Lake Superior.

Grand Island of Munising Michigan - Historical Attraction in
Michigan's Upper Peninsula
Bus Tours
Grand Island Bus Tours are a relaxing way to see a large portion of the Island without pedalling or walking. Frequent stops let the guest stretch their legs and walk to nearby spots of historic importance. Here our guide is introducing the Island and talking about some of the history we will discover later in the trip.
Grand Island -Tour Begins
Our Trip Begins
History packed and fun, this trip has a great deal of things to see and learn about. Make sure to bring your camera and a notebook to right down some of the fascinating facts and stories about Grand Island.
Grand Island Bus Tour
Evolution of a Structure
In 1845, the cabin shown on the right began its existence as a Frontier Cabin until 1900. It is 16x22 with dovetail notched corners.

From 1900 to 1960 the cabin was used as a Resort Get-a-way. Many of the Frontier Cabins were converted at this time by Willam G. Mather of the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company.
Grand Island Historical Sites:  1845 Log Cabin
From the 1960's to the 1990's it became a Family Cottage - the family replaced broken windows, flooring, and performed routine maintenance.

In 1998, a period of rehabilitation began. In the process they found many archeological items during the lifting of the building to replace the foundation. A team of experts were brought in to examine and study the findings. To this day the building is preserved for visitors to walk in and learn about the history and study the graphitti on the walls that show signatures dating back to the 1800's.
An Unnamed Little Waterfall
This little waterfall is located behind one of the stops at the "Ferrell Cottage". It is unnamed. The Cottage is rather large and is used by the Forest Service to house archeologists and artist in residence on occasion. The cottage was built in 1901. An artesian spring water faucet is also located in front of the building where you can fill up your canister.
Unnamed Waterfall
Grand Island Tranquil Trail A Tranquil Walk
A peaceful trail through huge pines, birch, and maples will lead the way through the beautiful woods to Grand Islands Cemetery. This is the oldest "white" (non-native) cemetery in Alger County.
This cemetery was established by Abraham Williams, first white settler in Alger County, who arrived with his family from Decatur, Illinios on July 25, 1840. He came to establish a trading post on Grand Island at the invitation of the Ojibwa chief, Omonomonee.

Grand Island Cemetary
Family reminiscences tell of shipwreck victims buried here, as remains of sailors have been discovered. Also, a number of unmarked graves exist. Only descendants of Abraham Williams and their spouses may be buried in this cemetery today.

Island of Adventure
With two lakes, many historical buildings, artesian springs, trails, a cemetery, the largest social lake in the U.S., cliffs over 300' above Lake Superior, camping, hiking, biking, exploring - you are visiting an Island of Adventure! You'll have to take the tour to learn about the stories, novels, Native American tales, the mysteries, and more!
Enjoy Grand Island with us and Visit Munising!

Fore more information on reserving your ferry to Grand Island:

Grand Island Ferry Service
P.O. Box 333
Wetmore, MI 49895

Grand Island Shore
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