Picture Perfect

Right on the cliffs of Lake Superior, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore definitely ranks as the most scenic–and remote–spot on my journey thus far. To get there, I drove from Chicago, up through Wisconsin (thanks for the fine amenities, Aunt Eleanor and Uncle Ray), through Cedar River, Escanaba, and Manistique in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, and into the national park near Grand Marais.

Once in the park, the first 11 miles or so were a nice and easy jaunt along a paved highway. Simple, right? Then, out of nowhere, the pavement suddenly turned into a one-lane dirt road cut right through the middle of the forest. Even if I had wanted to turn around, there was simply no where to do it. I finally made it to the Hurricane River Campground and found a spot just a couple hundred feet from Lake Superior.

Let me tell you, it was worth it! A few radio stations came in, but there was no internet, no cell phone, no television; no distractions whatsoever. Other than the couple of people camping there, it was insanely isolated. There wasn’t even a ranger to take my money; it was all on the honor system. Unfortunately, much of the park is under construction in 2009, so I couldn’t get into the absolute heart of it this time. I would love to return to see more, because what I saw was absolutely incredible!

Solitude at J.W. Wells State Park
Solitude at J.W. Wells State Park
Sunrise at J.W. Wells State Park
Sunrise at J.W. Wells State Park
Grand Marais
Grand Marais
Grand Marais
Grand Marais
Entrance to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Entrance to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
Easy drive
Easy drive
What happened to the pavement?
What happened to the pavement?
Hurricane River Meets Lake Superior
Hurricane River Meets Lake Superior
Hurricane River Meets Lake Superior
Hurricane River Meets Lake Superior
Hurricane River
Hurricane River
Lake Superior Shoreline
Lake Superior Shoreline
Lake Superior Beach
Lake Superior Beach
Sunset on Lake Superior
Sunset on Lake Superior
Forest at Hurricane River Campground
Forest at Hurricane River Campground
Hurricane River
Hurricane River
Sunset on Lake Superior
Sunset on Lake Superior
Sunset on Lake Superior
Sunset on Lake Superior
Sunset on Lake Superior
Sunset on Lake Superior
  • kb

    Kyle,
    Who took the picture of sunrise at J.W. Wells State Park?

    • Kyle Bolstad

      Very funny! I actually set my alarm for 5:50AM to take that shot.

  • Dale Rehus

    Great post Kyle! The photos are really awesome.

  • pete

    looks like you’re having a blast!

    • Kyle Bolstad

      I am having a blast. I will let you know when I hit the Twin Cities.

  • chrissy

    beautiful. totally my kind of place. love the pics.

    • Kyle Bolstad

      Ya, it was so nice up there! You and Joel should head on up there sometime.