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Camping will require a reservation at popular Pictured Rocks

Associated Press
Grand Portal Point can be seen from an overlook along the North Country Trail. The cliffs rise some 200 feet above Lake Superior in this part of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore park.

Munising – Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is switching to a reservation system for camping, a change that reflects the park’s growing popularity in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

People who want to camp, starting July 11, will need a reservation by going to www.reservation.gov or calling (877) 444-6777. The reservation system opens Thursday.

The campgrounds had been first come, first served. But Susan Reece of Pictured Rocks says they’ve been filling up by 10 a.m. in July and August, leaving visitors “scrambling and anxious” when there’s no room. She says a reservation system will help visitors plan their trip.

The cost is $20 per night. The park has set up self-serve reservation stations in the Munising Falls and Grand Sable visitor centers. Backcountry sites already required reservations.