Munising Ice Climbing
Munising is nestled on the southern shore of Lake Superior, surrounded by the Hiawatha National Forest. The Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore’s sand stone bluffs have attracted ice climbers since the 1970’s. The Pictured Rocks 73,000-acre park hugs Lake Superior’s shore for over 40 miles. The sandstone bluffs seep water that form spectacular blue curtains of ice and pillars that grow from 200 foot overhanging cliffs.
Climbers are attracted to the abundant blue curtains of ice in Alger County,
and the waterfalls that form magnificent pillars of ice. Picture yourself
climbing a 150 foot pillar of ice, standing thirty feet from the overhanging
walls and the waves of Lake Superior crashing below. With many feet of snow
around and the strong north wind on your back, you will likely agree that
Munising has the “Best Ice Climbing in the Mid West.”
Grand Island, off the Munising bay, also provides a myriad of climbs ranging in height from 20-90 feet on the East channel cliffs. The North East shore has climbs of up to 230 feet. When going to Grand Island check with locals before venturing out on to the ice.
Ice Climbing in Munising usually begins in November and can last into April, with February and March being the most enjoyable.
Munising is the host of Michigan Ice Fest. This festival began in the 1980's with a few friends. These friends promised to meet the first weekend in February of every year to climb some of Lake Superior’s Ice. The Ice Fest is now become a major ice climbing event and draws attendees from all over the country.
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