Walk along sandy beaches and enjoy the refreshing clear water of Lake Superior. Explore the island by hiking, mountain biking or bus tour. Discover the sandstone cliffs with breathtaking vistas of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Nature enthusiasts enjoy camping beneath the star filled northern sky or staying in one of the rustic cabins on the island.
Grand Island is part of the Hiawatha National Forest. It is located in Lake Superior just off the north shore of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula about one-half mile from the mainland community of Munising, Michigan. Munising is about 43 miles from Marquette and 55 miles from Manistique.
Grand Island is a wild and scenic place perfect for nature enthusiasts to explore. Less than 10,000 lucky people are allowed to visit this secluded island each year. Spectacular overlooks, pristine sandy beaches, fascinating cultural sites, deep hard woods, and inland lakes make Grand Island an exciting destination.
The first Settlers came to the Island in the early 1800's when trading for furs was the prime industry. Evidence of this activity is still apparent there. The first permanent settlers arrived in 1846, setting up a trading post there to trade with the Ojibway Indians.
In 1990 the Forest Service purchased Grand Island from the Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co and it became part of the Hiawatha National Forest. The historic homes that remain on the island are now over 100 years old and are impeccably maintained by their summer residents.
Since acquiring the island the Forest Service has been improving camping sites and creating Mountain Bike trails throughout the island. The East Channel lighthouse, however, is only accessible by boat.