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Miner’s Castle and Beach

“Superficial minds see a resemblance between Christ and the founders of empires, and the gods of other religions. That resemblance does not exist. There is between Christianity and whatever other religions, the distance of infinity.” Napoleon Bonaparte

Some beaches are so nice I wanna cry...

Miners Beach is just up the shore from Miners Castle – which tends to be more of an attraction than the beach. Not to diminish Miners Castle… but Miners Beach is phenomenal!!! Sugar sand beach with a spectacular view of Pictured Rocks to the East. The road is paved almost right down to the beach, with a spacious parking area, camping sites with fire pits, stairway down to the beach, ooooooohhh. So nice.

Before I go any further, I should inform you of a public photo album I created with full size pictures. Also, here is a Google map. Miners Castle and Beach is just 15 miles northeast of Munising. Here is the shoreline viewer.

Stairway to Miners Beach.

Side to side...

Oh what a feeling...

Picnic sites...

The Miners “Area” has plenty of things to do. A 0.4 mile paved walking trail includes overlooks to view Grand Island and Miners Castle as well as Pictured Rocks. The North Country Trail of course heads West to Sand Point through a beech-maple forest, and East to Miners River and Miners Beach… and beyond! Many possibilities for fun include kayaking, picnic[ing], walking up and down the beach through the surf, sun bathing, hiking East to Pictured Rocks, hiking up Miners River, and… duh… Swimming!!!!!!!!!!!!! In the surf there are also small stones buried in the sand – multicolored gems that have been polished to a smooth sheen.

Miners Castle... Oh how it's changed over the years.

Miners Castle was named by mineral explorers in 1771. Commercial boating tours have been motoring past the Castle since the 1940’s, and some continue all the way to Chapel Rock and Beach… much farther up the shore and inaccessible by vehicle. The Pictured Rocks escarpment is one of the most prominent landscape features along the entire South shore of Lake Superior. Miners Castle stands about 75 feet above water, while parts of Pictured Rocks rise 200 feet above the lake. This area is very unique, and is something I highly recommend checking out at least once. It is worth a special trip, indeed.

The Miners Castle walking trail entrance...

Stairway to Miners Castle...

View from overlook at Miners Castle.





12 responses to “Miner’s Castle and Beach

  1. Judy says:

    Ooooh! Gotta go see this! Wanna come be our guide? Wanna be my son? I have one already, but you seem like you’d fit right into our family! (I do have one single 28 year old daughter…;) (who has no idea I am writing this + would kill me if she knew!)

  2. cindy says:

    we just came from miner’s castle.awessssome.dis my second time to go. This time i brought my sis and fam.tomorrow we will head to ur beach,he he.tc

  3. Kris Harris Pfaffle says:

    Been searching online for more about this campsite but cannot find anything definitive. This blog says there is rustic campsites at this location, but I can’t find specific directions… Help?
    Thanks!!!

  4. gail says:

    Kris,
    The camp sites nearest Miners Beach are located about a quarter mi east of that area (Potato Patch). They are accessed by a steep climb to the top of the cliffs. They are by backcountry permit only which can be obtained at the Visitor’s Center ($5 per person per night). They do have fire rings but be aware that some sites at Pictured Rocks do not. It is illegal to camp at Miners Beach itself.

  5. Amy says:

    Hi Nils,
    I would also like to know how I get to Miner’s Beach. Can you give me directions? And any information on close camping would be great. Thanks so much! Hope you’re having a great summer!
    Amy

  6. Nils Markus Stenvig says:

    Amy, Miner’s Beach is easy to get to from Munising. If you head out on CR-58 out the east side of Munising, you will go maybe 4 miles before finding Miner’s Castle Rd on the left (north). A few miles up and you’ll be there! As for camping, that depends on how close you want to be. My recommendation would be continuing up CR-58 another 10 miles to 12-Mile Beach or Hurricane River. Both have campgrounds, but both can be popular on weekends. Grand Marais is just a little farther. Hope this helps.

  7. Stacie says:

    Are dogs allowed in miners camp sites?

  8. Nicole says:

    Just a quick question what is the address/directions to get to the walking trail to see the Miners Castle from Above? That is beautiful and I would love to add this to my adventures this summer up north?

    • Nils Stenvig says:

      Nicole, walking trails at Miners Castle are right from the parking lot. If you follow CR-58 and Miners Castle Rd, you cannot miss it. The road will split near the end–a left is the Miners Castle lookout, a right is the beach. Hope that helps!
      -Nils

  9. Crystal says:

    I am interested in getting married on Miners beach. I live in the metro Detroit area so it will be hard getting details about the beach. I was wondering if we have to take a trail to the beach or if there is a parking area at miners beach.

  10. Crystal says:

    I messed up on my email from the first comment, if you could reply VIA email that would be great!!! ^^^^





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