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Old 08-31-2005, 12:06 PM   #15
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Lake Superior has rocky shorelines, a few tumbled rock beaches and at 45 degrees is unswimmable in all but the most unusual circumstances (late summer, minimal waves, gentle breeze pushing warmed surface layer into shallow bays). The rocky vistas are mighty fine!

Porcupine Mountain State Park in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has a pretty shoreside campground. Michigan DNR Camping Don't neglect the inland sights and sounds! More waterfalls than you'd imagine -- Picture Rock Natl Seashore, Tahquamenon Falls, etc. See this thread and follow the link to Pahaska's UP trip.

Ludington State Park is on the sandy eastern shore of Lake Michigan. The ferries are inconsistent but went back & forth from Milwaukee & Ludington back in 1988.

Minnesota's North Shore has Temperance River State Park with two campground loops down by the shore. The wave sounds are fabulous! The in-park trail up the river reveals fabulous cauldrons eroded into solid granite (okay, gabbro if you must).

Grand Marais, MN has a municipal campground down at the harbor. Nice harbor views, good fish shop just north of campground, Angry Trout restaurant right next to the fish shop is very interesting! LINK

Hope we get some input about Canadian campgrounds!!


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Old 08-31-2005, 12:23 PM   #16
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It's not on the beach, but you don't want to miss Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. It's in the Leland area of Michigan. The water there can be as blue as the Bahamas. Almost all of the camping is in a Pine forest. Lots of outside things to do. Hiking, Kayaking, Winery tours........... We travel over 500 miles a couple of times a year to camp there!!

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Here's a good one, it's a Michigan State Forest Campground named Mouth of Big Two Hearted River. This one is pretty nice. It is right on the bank of the Big Two Hearted River, where it empties into Lake Superior. It is accessed from about 15 miles of county gravel road and when you get there, you feel like you have just found a well kept secret. Nice sites, beautiful scenery and great access to both the lake and the river. A lodge about a quarter mile up the road, Rainbow lodge, rents canoes and portages you up stream for 1.5 hrs or 3 day trips. Really nice, not bad for only $10, but NO hookups and NO showers. That's up to you I suppose, but sometimes it's worth it.


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Wisconsin Parks

I knew that I knew more about Wisconsin...

You're probably familiar with Door County (crowds!), but Peninsula State Park is nice for families, bicycles and duffers that want to rent clubs and play golf on one of the more dramatic little golf courses around. On the east side of Door County is the nice beach of Whitefish Dunes S.P. -- no camping there though. That can be more swimmable than many in the Great Lakes. I won't vouch for whitefish livers or the much publicized 'fish boils' (more like 'kerosene fish stew boilovers!)

Campsites at Big Bay S.P. on Madeline Island are a short bit away from the water. Access isn't easy since it involves a ferry ride from Bayfield. There's not a lot of extraordinary scenery on the island, but if you want quiet, trees and water. Don't tell anyone else but Bayfield has all the charm of Door County and only one-third the people per square mile. Me? I have a hard time staying away from the charm of Bayfield -- Maggies is the coolest little restaurant (I'd suggest getting hungry at something other than normal meal times). It's usually easy to get into at 2:00-ish. [Caution: research and avoid Apple Fest weekend if yours is a fall trip -- kinda like taking the family to Sturgis at the wrong time!]

If you see a small town restaurant in 'da UP'* advertising Cornish Pasties, stop & pick up a few to have on the road! You may even see 'em on Minnesota's north shore -- Two Harbors has one or two places...

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