August 18th, 2009 @ 22:57:09 | 12 Comments
“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
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.
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 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.