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Sand Point Marsh Trail

Sand Point Marsh Trail

Hike Sand Point Marsh Trail

This .5 mile fully accessible trail begins across from the Sand Point beach at the end of Sand Point Road. A short distance up the North Country Trail the Marsh Trail boardwalk leads you to this interesting wetland area. Interpretive exhibits relate the rich natural and cultural heritage of the area. Old beach ridges, an active beaver colony, white cedar and black spruce swamp communities dominate the scene. The best times for this walk are early and late in the day.

Sand Point Marsh Michigan Trail Map

Hiking Tips

No matter what length, any hike is more fun if you are properly prepared. Always wear sturdy shoes. If you plan to be out an extended time, carry a snack and water, and let someone know where you are going and your expected time of return. Carry a map and compass and know how to use them. Lake Superior modifies local weather - be prepared for cool conditions and rain.

Wildlife Viewing:

The unique and ancient ridge and swale topography of Sand Point creates a variety of wet and dry habitats at the Marsh Trail. Conifers dominate the drier ridges, while low swales support wetland vegetation. Beavers are active in the wetland of the Sand Point Marsh Trail. These aquatic mammals are mostly active at night, but you may see them at dawn and dusk, and evidence of their presence is all around. Waterfowl, herons, wetland-related and edge habitat songbirds all may be seen in and around this marsh area. Numerous spring migrants pass through and nest here, including the common yellowthroat, black-and-white warbler, American redstart, yellow-rumped warbler, plus many more. The trail is even useable in the winter by snowshoe, when you might see tracks of the pine marten, coyote, snowshoe hare, red fox, and other winter-active mammals. Sixteen interpretive exhibits relate the natural and cultural history along the trail. A large-print trail guide is available for the visually impaired. Be sure to stop at the visitor center in Munising to pick up trail maps, interpretive brochures, and additional information about the excellent wildlife watching opportunities available throughout this 73,000+ acre park.

Please stay on the boardwalk trail. Do not disturb native plants or wildlife. Pets and bicycles are not permitted on the trail.

Facilities and Opportunities:

  • Restrooms – pit toilets across the road from the trailhead, also serve the Sand Point Beach. Restrooms also found at most major developed sites in the park.
  • Trails – 111 miles of trails within the park. Some trails have interpretive panels and/or brochures; check at the Munising visitor center for details.
  • Picnic – throughout the park, including Sable Lake, Sable Falls, Hurricane River Campground, Twelvemile Beach Campground, Miners Castle, Sand Point.
  • Visitor Center – Six visitor information centers: Interagency Visitor Center with US Forest Service/Hiawatha National Forest in Munising, Grand Sable Visitor Center, Grand Marais Maritime Museum, Miners Castle, Munising Falls, and the Au Sable Light Station.
  • Drinking Water – at all developed sites in the park.
  • Fishing – yellow perch, northern pike, smallmouth bass, walleye, and brook trout (special regulations on brook trout, see details in DNR Fishing Digest).
  • Entry Fee – the only fees are for backcountry camping and drive-in campgrounds.
  • Barrier Free – All major developed sites in the park are barrier free.


Pets are permitted only on specific trails - check the Pets brochure before you plan your hike. Bicycles are not permitted on trails. Backcountry permits are required only if you plan to camp overnight in the backcountry. Please use toilets where provided, otherwise, bury waste 4-6 inches deep and cover with mineral soil. Thank you for carrying out your trash

Information courtesy of USDA Forest Service

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