Park Rules & Local Etiquette

Over the years, ice climbers have developed a great relationship with the National Park Service in regards to climbing within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Not all climbing areas have good relationships with government agencies, but we do. Much of that has to do with climbers who have always been respectful of the Park Service regulations. The staff at Michigan Ice appreciates all climber’s assistance in fostering this relationship. The following rules and regulations have been set forth to help preserve this beautiful area.

  • Munising Falls is closed to climbing due to hazardous rock fall.
  • Pets are not allowed at any climbing areas.
  • Alcohol/Cannabis are not permitted at any of the climbing areas. Failure to comply may lead to the loss of the Ice Fest permits.
  • No fires are allowed outside of designated campsites.
  • There is no parking allowed along Sand Point Road. Please park in the designated parking lot at the end of Sand Point Road.
  • Winter camping within Pictured Rocks is available only in the designated lakeshore backcountry sites and requires a permit.
  • Overnight camping in parking lots is not permitted.
  • Drones are not permitted to be flown inside the park
  • Pets are not allowed at any of the climbing areas.
  • Dry tooling is not allowed.

Park Entrance Fee

All visitors (16 years old and up) are required to have a Park Entrance Pass. All vehicles must display a pass clearly visible through the windshield. Display park annual pass and federal lands passes, such as senior and military passes, on your dashboard with the signature and expiration date facing up. You may also pick up a hang tag at the park.

Entrance Fee by Private Vehicle – $20.00

This is an entrance fee for all persons traveling in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle. The entrance pass is good for 7 continuous days. The pass is non-transferable.

Get a head start on your visit to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. If you plan to only visit for 1-7 days or if you want to buy an annual pass enjoy the convenience of purchasing then printing your pass before you arrive. A printed copy of this pass is required for your vehicle. Fold the printed pass on the dotted line and display it on the dashboard, with the QR code visible, at all times during your visit.