Miners River

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The Miners River is a river on the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the United States. It is the largest river in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Miners River has its origin outside of the National Lakeshore, north of Indian Town in the Hiawatha National Forest, and flows 12.4 miles (20.0 km) into Lake Superior. Miners Lake and Miners Falls are found along the river. The river empties into Lake Superior at the western end of Miners Beach. It is popular for tourism and fishing.

Forms Miners Falls and Lake where drops 30 feet into broad valley. Flows over Ordovician Au Train formation and through a sandstone gorge.

Miners Falls is a waterfall located on Miners River in the western portion of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Alger County, Michigan. The falls drops about 50 feet over a sandstone outcrop with a 10 foot crest. The falls can be accessed by trail, with stairs leading to a lookout.

Miners Beach and River

Located about 6.5 miles east of Munising on Alger County Road H-58, then six miles north on Miners Castle Road.

A picnicker and beach walker’s delight, Miners Beach stretches for one mile along Lake Superior where waves roll in to polish beach cobbles. Miners River is popular for steelhead fishing in spring and fall.

Whenever at a beach, be aware of rip currents, powerful currents of water moving away from shore. They can sweep even the strongest swimmer out to sea.

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  • Trail Location
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    12.4 Miles
  • Compass Latitude
    46° 25′ 45.84″ N
  • Compass Longitude
    86° 34′ 34.68″ W
  • Numeric Latitude
    46.4294
  • Numeric Longitude
    -86.5763
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