Located near the center of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, 800-acre Beaver Lake is the largest inland lake in Pictured Rocks. Anglers are drawn to the lake and the tributaries that feed it, especially for trout. Little Beaver Lake, connected by a small channel, has a boat launch. Boats are limited to 10 hp or less, making this a pleasant waterway for paddlers.
Little Beaver has one of the park’s three auto-accessible campgrounds, with eight sites available on a first-come, first-served basis. Be aware that wetlands cover much of the land between Beaver Lake and Lake Superior, so bugs can be a problem here especially in June and early July.
Two good hiking trails leave from the campground. The short and pleasant 0.7-mile White Pine Trail is a self-guided nature trail that circles through a 300-year-old pine forest. The five-mile Beaver Basin Loop Trail makes a lap around Little Beaver and Big Beaver Lakes, then follows the Lake Superior Shore past sea caves cut by the lake’s pounding waves. Boardwalks skirt the wetlands before returning you to the trailhead.
by Laura Martone from Moon Michigan, 3rd Edition, © Avalon Travel