History

About Pictured Rocks Cruises

Pictured Rocks Cruises have provided tens of thousands of guests a truly spectacular close-up view of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore for over 50 years.

1920s Formal Tours to Pictured Rocks began being offered by Cleveland Cliffs Iron Company on Sunday afternoons. The “Ottawa” would leave port on Grand Island and take visitors along the shoreline.
Late 1940s Captain Everett Morrison began running cruises right after World War II on the “Sea Queen” and later expanded the business when he purchased “Miss Palm Beach” and “Pictured Rocks I.”
1966 Pictured Rocks became the first National Lakeshore in the United States.
1967 Captain Morrison continues to improve and advance the fleet of vessels by having “Tiger Lady” and “Miss Munising” built. The 61 foot “Miss Munising” was capable of carrying 102 passengers.
1974 The boat “Miners Castle” was purchased and the new Pictured Rocks Cruises partnership was established.
1983 The fleet increases again with the building of “Miss Superior.”
1987 The “Grand Island” boat was built by Schwartz Marine and began operation on tours.
2005 “Grand Portal” the newest vessel used by Pictured Rocks Cruises was built and brought to port in Munising.
2009 Pictured Rocks Cruises, LLC became an authorized concessionaire of the National Park Service to provide interpretive programming on cruises.
Presently Today’s fleet of active vessels includes “Miss Superior,” “Miners Castle,” “Pictured Rocks,” “Grand Island” and the “Grand Portal.”

Fleet and Crew

Pictured Rocks Cruises takes deep pride in our fleet and crew. Our seven captains along with 30 deckhands operate all our equipment to ensure your full enjoyment and safety. The five current boats range between 64 and 67 feet in length and can accommodate 150 passengers either on an upper deck or an enclosed lower deck.

All of our boats are equipped with high tech navigation equipment, including radar and ship-to-shore radios. On every tour life-saving devices and instructions on their use are provided for every passenger on the boat. Two diesel engines on every boat provide plenty of power and new state-of-the-art stabilizers provide a smooth ride.

All regulations of the U.S. Coast Guard are strictly adhered to, so that your safety and enjoyment are assured. All vessels have enclosed heated cabins, restrooms, stabilizers and cushioned seats for your comfort and safety.