Agawa Pictographs
The Agawa Rock Pictographs are enduring messages from the past. This is a sacred site where generations of Ojibwe have come to record dreams, visions and events.

The images visible today, include canoes and familiar animals such as moose, deer, bear and caribou. Other animal-like figures have horns and spines. The horned animal is said to be Misshepezhieu, the Great Lynx, the spirit of the water. Misshepezhieu could work for or against humans – he could calm the waters, or he could bring wind and storms by thrashing his tail.

The pictographs have proven to be remarkably durable, withstanding the harshest of elements. The paintings are, nevertheless, fading and perishing as time wears  Agawa Rock Pictographsthem down. Sun, wind, wave action and ice all contribute to gradual erosion of the cliff face. In some spots lichen or mineral deposition covers the figures. We will never know how many pictographs have already disappeared from Agawa Rock.

The trail to Agawa Rock is rugged, descending 30 metres (98 feet) through some interesting geological features: rock chasms, broken boulders and sheer cliffs. Beside the lake, a rock ledge stretches along the base of the pictograph cliff, which is accessible only when Lake Superior is calm.

Agawa Rock is a sacred site. Please respect and preserve the pictographs. Do not touch the paintings.Agawa Rock Pictographs

!!Caution is advised when venturing onto this rock ledge due to its slope and the unpredictable nature of Lake Superior and its wave action!!

Agawa Rock Pictographs Trail

Length: 0.5 km (0.3 mi) loop
Hiking Time: ½  - 1 hour
Difficulty: Moderate, with steep rocky sections.

Note: The pictographs can only be viewed when Lake Superior is calm.

Open:  May 20 to September 18, 2016 

Agawa Rock Pictographs are now closed until next spring

 

For more information refer to the Agawa Rock Pictographs brochure. Agawa Rock Park interpreters are on-site in July and August, 11 am to 3 pm (weather permitting).