"Caves & Coves" Exploring Michigan's Lake Superior shoreline

July 22, 2015  •  13 Comments

 

"North Windows" Lake Superior Cave"North Windows" Lake Superior Cave[email protected]

Michigan-based photographer John McCormick shares some imagery of the beautiful caves & coves found along Michigan's Lake Superior shoreline.


The photo below was taken in the area known as "the-coves". It's gorgeous there, the water in Lake Superior is so clear. These beautiful little coves that have been carved by the lake look like places you might see in the Caribbean; we call it "Michigan's Caribbean".

"Grand Sable Dawn" (Log Slide) Grand Sable Dunes - Pictured Rocks National lakeshore"Grand Sable Dawn" (Log Slide) Grand Sable Dunes - Pictured Rocks National lakeshore"Grand Sable Dawn" (Log Slide) Grand Sable Dunes - Pictured Rocks National lakeshore.
It's amazing what the power of Lake Superior can do to the shoreline. This cave found near AuTrain Point has windows & pillars carved into to it with a beautiful view looking north. At sunset the light fills the cave which gives it a stunning glow..

Sunlit Sea cave Lake Superior near Munising, MichiganSunlit Sea cave Lake Superior near Munising, MichiganSunlit Sea cave Lake Superior near Munising, Michigan

 

The following ice cave photos were taken along the historic and beautiful Grand Island shoreline. When we get a very cold Winter here in Michigan, Lake Superior can freeze Munising Bay over making it possible to cross the ice to the island. Always check with the locals first for information regarding the ice conditions, and where to cross. It's an amazing thing to see, ice curtains over 30 feet tall and hidden little caves to find and explore. Ice cleats, snowshoes, or ice crampons are a must; along with a warm pair of boots.

 

In this panoramic, I was able to get a shot of a person standing inside of this beautiful cavern. Sand Point on the mainland of Munising, is seen in the distance.

Grand Island ice cave panoranicGrand Island ice cave panoranicA person standing inside a beautiful ice cave on Upper Michigan's Grand Island.

                      

                     I set my camera on timer to get a shot of myself exploring this amazing ice cavern   
"Wildflowers"  Au Sable Lighthouse Pictured Rocks National Lakdshore"Wildflowers" Au Sable Lighthouse Pictured Rocks National LakdshoreSunrise at Michigan's Au Sable Point Lighthouse

 

This little cave I found "blew my mind". The frozen column of blue-green ice appeared as though the icy waters of Lake Superior had been pouring down from above and it had froze that way.. Simple stunning, and pretty scary being in there too!

"Ice Cave Waterfall""Ice Cave Waterfall"This ice cave I found along Lake Superior ranks very high on my "fascinating discoveries" list. It appeared as though at one point Lake Superior's water had been washing back down through the hole in the cave ceiling, creating this beautiful blue feature.

 

Back to the warmer months. This is another image captured near AuTrain Point West of Munising. If you like to kayak, this is the place for you. When my wife and I were taking these photos we saw smoke rising from the forest along the shore and then the sounds of Native American hand-drums and song. It was a very memorable experience.

Lake Superior Sea Cave near Munising, MichiganLake Superior Sea Cave near Munising, Michigan

 

Sunny Cave Five Mile Point Lake SuperiorSunny Cave Five Mile Point Lake SuperiorTropical looking Lake Superior cave

                           

                   Waves battering the rugged shoreline of Lake Superior on a very windy Autumn day.

Stormy Autumn day on Lake SuperiorStormy Autumn day on Lake SuperiorBig waves on Lake Superior Upper Michigan

 

One of the most visited and easily accessed coves is Miners Castle in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. In this shot, the sun is seen going down over Grand Island in the distance.

Sunset at Miners CastleSunset at Miners CastleStunning sunset photo at Michigan's Miners Castle overlook.
Pictured Rocks national lakeshore, near Munising, Michigan

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                                 Crystal clear water glimmering on a sunny Summer day.

Crystal Clear waters of Lake Superior in Upper MichiganCrystal Clear waters of Lake Superior in Upper MichiganCrystal Clear waters of Lake Superior

Thanks for taking the time to read my blog. You can see my entire Lake Superior caves & coves gallery here. Check out my Pictured Rocks gallery if are interested in seeing much more of my work taken along Lake Superio.  See my home page for links to all of my Michigan galleries, or if you happen to be interested in buying a print, canvas, or if your interested in licensing an image.

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Thank you very much!

-John

 


John McCormick is a lifelong Michigan resident and has been interested in Michigan Nature Photography for over 30 years. Michigan is a beautiful place to live and photographing that beauty is his absolute passion. To follow his recent work be sure to "like" his facebook page.


Comments

Cheryl(non-registered)
Beutiful photos. Do you give photo tours of these areas?
Andrew Schwab(non-registered)
I am planning a road trip next summer, and we will be going through Michigan. Is there an address for “The Coves” on Lake Superior. Text me at (484) 653-8309 or email at [email protected]
Debbie(non-registered)
Hello, my family and I have never been to the UP and are planning on visiting this summer! I ran across your picture of "The Coves" of Pictured Rocks Lakeshore - could you please tell me whereabouts that is? We'd love to see the carved rock under the water like in your pic! Thank you!
Gwendolynn Gonwa(non-registered)
How do you get there in summer?
Leanne(non-registered)
your photography is gorgeous! I follow you on instagram, I am a UP lover and try to get a couple trips in a year ( I live in the southern part of lower peninsula). I am looking for places "off the beaten path". Ive gone to all the major places and am looking for access to the "more hidden but able to get to by foot" places. if you have any suggestions, I am open! I already plan to go to the coves.
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