Visit These National Parks For Free on August 4, 2023

In celebration of the Great American Outdoors Act anniversary, you can visit three National Park Service (NPS) sites in Michigan for free on August 4, 2023!

Isle Royale National Park is an archipelago comprising a large island and more than 200 smaller islands. The park can only be accessed by ferry or private boat  or seaplane and is only open to the public half the year (April 16 – October 31).

Isle Royale National Park

Located 56 miles off the mainland of Michigan's Upper Peninsula in the northwest corner of Lake Superior, this remote park was established in 1940 and saw close to 3,200 visitors in its first year. In 2021, more than 25,000 individuals visited the park.

The solitude and isolation primarily attract experienced backpackers and paddlers who arrive prepared to navigate Isle Royale's roadless backcountry and inland lake paddling route, Chain of Lakes.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore comprises two zones along Lake Superior in Michigan's Upper Peninsula that combine for a total of 114.5 square miles. Established in 1966, it was the first of the nation's four national lakeshores and is 42.8 miles long.

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Visits to this park frequently include hiking, biking, chasing waterfalls, camping, boating, hunting, fishing, kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, swimming, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice climbing.

Good Morning America named the park the “Most Beautiful Place in America” in 2011, exposing the nation to one of Michigan's favorite year-round destinations.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Climbing the dunes, traversing Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive, hiking the Empire Bluff Trail, paddling the Platte River, biking the Heritage Trail, or simply enjoying a day on the shores of Lake Michigan are all popular activities at Sleeping Bear Dunes.

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