Getting there: Access to Grand Island is by private watercraft (no jet skis permitted) or the passenger ferry, which leaves from the mainland’s Powell Point and is located on M-28, about 4 miles west of downtown Munising’s blinking light.
Unloading – no docking – happens at the island’s Murray Landing; private boats may be pulled ashore in designated areas or moored in the island’s bays. Labor Day through mid-October, the ferry makes a number of daily trips to and from the island. For information and schedules, contact the Grand Island Ferry Service at 906-387-3503, munising.com/Attractions/grand.
Tour the island: You can bike and hike the island’s unpaved roads and trails or jump aboard the ALTRAN bus, which makes a daily 2 1/2 hour narrated tour of the island. Buses are wheelchair accessible.
Stay the night: There are designated campsites at Murray Bay and Trout Bay. Murray Bay and Juniper Flats also offer group camping sites for groups of 7-25 people, plus there are 15 additional sites along the rim trail and thumb. Fire rings and latrines are provided at most sites, and drinking water is available in the vicinity of the Murray Bay and Juniper Flats sites. For more information, contact the Hiawatha National Forest Visitor Center at 906-387-3700.
Be aware: Black bears inhabit the island, so food must be hung or placed in bear bins provided at designated campsites, and day visitors should never leave snacks unattended. The weather on Lake Superior is often unpredictable, so be prepared to spend an extra night if foul weather develops.
Note: This article was first published in September 2006 and was updated for the web February 2008.