News from the Greater Munising Area: Bring on the fall season

Jaymie Depew

As we approach the end of summer, it feels good to regroup and catch our breath.

It’s been another busy season in Alger County, and although official numbers haven’t been released yet, the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore believes the number of visitors this year will surpass last year’s 1.2 million. However, in 2020, we didn’t have that lull between Labor Day and the peak of fall colors (late September to mid-October) that we typically see. This year, things have quieted down some.

After getting over the initial dread following the realization that warmer days are now far and few between, I’m able to find solace in the morning crisp air and a fresh cup of coffee. I made my first batch of soup (of eventually many) last week and it was as soothing as taking a dip in Lake Superior on a hot and humid day.

I love autumn and the bold bronzes, maroons, and marigolds that blanket the treetops. How Gitchigami somehow seems more mystical as its waters now mirror a midnight sky rather than the Caribbean Sea. This is my home and I’m proud of it (and hopefully if the pipes in my house freeze again this winter, I can manage to still feel that admiration).

Just because the summer is ending, though, doesn’t mean the local attractions cease operations right away. Fortunately, all the boat tours and some of the kayak companies in Munising run throughout the rest of September.

Boat tours still operating include Glass Bottom Shipwreck Tours, Grand Island Cruises, Pictured Rocks Cruises, and Riptide Ride. The local kayak outfitters that are currently offering tours are Paddling Michigan/Uncle Ducky Outdoors and Pictured Rocks Kayaking. All close on Sept. 30, besides Pictured Rocks Cruises, which offers tours until Oct. 18.

The Grand Island Ferry Service, which offers bike and kayak rentals, a bus tour, and transportation to the rustic island, will be open until Oct. 11. Northwoods Canoe and Kayak Rentals in Au Train are also open throughout the fall season.

To learn about each attraction, visit www.algercountychamber.com or contact each individual business.

Of course, if you’re not interested in activities that involve getting on the water, Alger County also boasts with hiking and biking trails through deep woods and along the lake, as well as over 14 waterfalls.

Happy fall!

Editor’s note: Jaymie Depew is the communications and special project assistant for the Alger County Chamber of Commerce/Greater Munising Bay Partnership for Commerce Development, Munising Downtown Development Authority and Munising Visitors Bureau.


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