Pictured Rock Boat Cruise — Simply Amazing!!
When you think of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the first thing that comes to mind is the great Gitche Gumee, otherwise known as Lake Superior. The massive lake is, by surface area, the largest fresh water lake in the world. The amount of water contained in Lake Superior could flood North America and South America to the level of one foot. It is treacherous and beautiful. Songs and poems have been written about its ominous history and breathtaking glory.
As a lifelong Yooper, I’ve been on and in Lake Superior many times, but I have never appreciated it as much as when I took the Pictured Rock Boat Cruise for the first time this past summer. AH-MAH-ZING!!!!! No wonder it was named America’s #1 Adventure Destination by ABC’s Good Morning America.
I love any excuse to visit the beautiful little town of Munising where the cruises depart, so when my business partner suggested we take the cruise, I was all in. Not only did we meet so many wonderful people from around the world, like Jim who traveled from Switzerland to vacation in Michigan and take the cruise, but the 2 and a half hour cruise just flew by with oohing and aahing at the amazing views. The weather was glorious and the tour guide was full of one liners and very interesting facts.
The video in this article gives you a little taste of what our day was like, but to truly appreciate it as much as we did, you’ll have to make the trip north to Munising and board one of the two ships that make the cruise possible. If you do decide to come, a few things to keep in mind. Bring a hat, extra sweatshirt and sunscreen. The weather on the shore can be very different from the weather on the boat. Be prepared. Have a good, strong battery in your camera because you will be snapping shots all day. Make sure you check the weather on the day you’re going to take the tour. Bring cash! Not only is the town full of adorable little shops, but the Pictured Rock Boat Cruise has its own shop full of unique collectibles and artisan merchandise. Although we Yoopers like to say every day in the 906 is beautiful, we don’t really mean it. On occasion, we have rain and storms. On such occasions, the boat will be staying at the dock.
We love Lake Superior and we’ll gladly share it with tourists, just be sure that when you visit the Upper Peninsula, please respect the power and the beauty of Lake Superior and follow these two rules 1.) swim or boat with proper safety measures; and 2) don’t litter!
P.S. – If you’re a Yooper, mark your calendars for the Pictured Rock Yoopers Ride For Free Day!!
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