Project Description: Volunteers will assist lakeshore trail staff with opening the park’s 108 miles of hiking trails for the visitation season. Work will consist of clearing downed trees, installing and clearing water bars, erosion control, and stair tread and turnpike repair. The views will make this challenging work worth while!
Hosting Organization: National Park Service
Day Hiking or Backpacking: Day Hiking Up to 8 Miles Per Day
Work Level: Moderate
Minimum Age: 16
Area and Attractions: Sandstone cliffs, beaches, sand dunes, waterfalls, lakes, forest, and shoreline beckon you to visit Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The park is mostly beech maple hardwoods and the trail system is dominated by the Pictured Rocks cliffs which rise up to 200 feet off Lake Superior, the largest, deepest, coldest, and most pristine of all the Great Lakes. Secluded coves, shipwrecks, Twelve-Mile Beach, the Au Sable Light Station, and numerous other attractions lie along this scenic stretch of shoreline.
Accommodations: Car-Camping Tent Sites
Accommodations Description: Volunteers will camp at Little Beaver campground. These are car camping tent sites that have a fire ring in each site, picnic table and chlorinated water within walking distance. The toilet has a solar light on the inside for night time use and are cleaned on a regular basis. We will be able to drive to the sites and have several trails within minutes of the campsite! Lake superior is a 1.5 mile walk away or you are free to take a ride in the canoes that will be at the sites. Propane stoves and dishes will be available for use. Water filtration is not needed. Showers will be available at the end of the week. Volunteers should bring their own tent, sleeping bag, pad, cup/bowl, eating utensils, and personal items.
Climate Information: May is usually cool with some rain, insects may be present, including mosquitoes and black fories, density depends on the snowfall and the hatching. Days are often in the 60's and 70's with the nights in the 40's to 50's.
Travel Information: Airport Pickup provided from Sawyer International Airport
Maximum # of Volunteers: 8