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Old 05-06-2019, 03:43 PM   #1
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Lake Superior Camping - US vs Canada

Hello all,

We are planning to travel from Ohio to the Upper Peninsula for the first time this coming June. We would like to stay on Lake Superior either at a remote campground or boondocking for 3-4 days. We like the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore but cannot seem to be able to make a reservation yet. We also wondered what itís like along the Canadian coast and if anyone can give any comparisons. We would really appreciate any input for this area!

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We liked the campground I have pasted in below from their website. Well maintained, Not boondocking, but not far from it either. You will like being close to some civilization in the UP. We did the Picture Rocks area from the fairgrounds during the Rally at Escanaba so I do not know campgrounds in that area. The boat ride was the trip for there for me. We went back for another day trip along the road too. Lots of driving for a few stops. I am too old for the kayaks and Lake Superior is cold, but it sure looked like fun if you can do it.

Copper Harbor is worth going to and about 60 miles from Lanse. Houghton is a nice town and has a good mine tour. Calumet has some stuff to offer. Marquette is a nice town and well worth a day trip. Your comments about Canada make me think that you may be going further than the UP. We drove up the shore to just short of the Canada border. From there we turned west and did norther MN. We stayed at two large county parks along the lake north of Deluth. I could find the names if you are interested but they will stand out if you just look. I have never been to Isle Royal because we travel with a dog. If you do not have pets you might consider the boat trip to there, either from Houghton-Hancock for from the Thunder bay / Port Arthur area. (whatever Port Arthur is called now).


L'Anse Township Park and Campground - For Information Please Call: (906) 524-6985
Located 3 miles north of L'Anse on the Skanee Road is the L'Anse Township Park and Campground. The park is situated on a sloping hillside which offers a beautiful view of Lake Superior and Keweenaw Bay. Historically, it is the site of the first trading post and the original townsite of L'Anse. We're sure you'll find the L'Anse Township Park and Campground the perfect place for family camping and recreation!
















What we offer at the L'Anse Township Park and Campground
**Open Until Mid-October**
*30 modern campsites with 20, 30 and 50amp electrical hook-ups
*Shower Building
*Pavilion
*Playground
*Lake Superior Beach and Shoreline area
*Firewood
*RV Dump Station
*Free Wi-Fi


















Daily Cost for Camping
$15.00 for Tents
$20.00 for Travel Trailers and Motor Homes
Camping is available by the day or week.
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The North Shore of Lake Superior is a fabulous drive from Duluth to Sault Saint Marie. Several campsites along the way. Stay in Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park just outside Thunder Bay and start your drive from there.
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I second L'anse Township Park. Pictures: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...ml#post2015002 Another campground right on the Lakeshore is Little Girl's Point.

If you like waterfalls, there are a series of five beautiful water falls on the Black River near Black River Harbor Campground. I'll be at Black River Harbor Campground this year over the Fourth of July weekend - right on the Lake. All of the falls are well marked with parking areas and a short well-groomed paths. We visited twenty waterfalls while in the U.P. in 2017. Pictures of eight of the waterfalls: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...ml#post2013713

I liked all the city park campgrounds in the UP. City of Houghton RV park was great. Definitely take a day trip to Copper Harbor. There is a beautiful waterfall on the way. There is also a bakery run by Catholic Monks that is awesome on the way to Copper Harbor: https://www.freep.com/story/news/col...tery/78371442/

I can't wait to go back up to the U.P. this summer.

I also recommend the lakeside drive up the Arrowhead of Minnesota. There are a series of State Parks on the way. I will be there in late July and August. Reservations are required well in advance to get into these campgrounds. Again, there are many beautiful waterfalls. A stop along that route is Betty's Pies. Wonderful food and pies. I think I went there three times in two days . . . its that delicious. Also did a day trip to Kakabeka Falls in Canada. Even if you cannot stay at the State Park Campgrounds, go visit each of them to see the waterfalls.
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Wow! I just now looked at the notifications and saw all the replies. We shall read through these this evening. Thank you so much!

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Just to clarify, if we go into Canada it would be on the east side of the lake. I would love to go up toward Thunder Bay area, actually entirely around the lake, but the two of us are heading for Milwaukee, WI to attend a church conference. We plan to travel from northeastern Ohio to Artubus Beach Campground in MI for a Saturday night stay, then travel to UP for Sunday-Wednesday / Thursday. Then head to Milwaukee, WI to stay at the Wisconsin State Fair RV Park for Thursday-Saturday. The Líanse and Copper Harbor areas look great and the jam-making monks may be a definite! We are early 50ís, college age kids stay at home and take care of pets on this one, and we share the driving. 25í FB 2006 Safari that we stayed in for a month last September for a west coast trip.
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How are the campgrounds and the shore lines in the Pancake Bay Area?
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Google reviews for Pancake Bay. Pancake Bay Reviews

I have not camped there personally, but we have stopped and swam at the beach. It is great.

If you go to Copper Harbor, make sure to go on Brockway Mountain Drive, it has great views of Lake Superior and you might even see a freighter.

Brockway Mountain Drive

If you like lighthouses, there is the Eagle Harbor Lighthouse
It has a small museum

Also a bit of trivia, the Keweenaw Peninsula was copper country, and when copper was king, Calumet Michigan was being considered as the capital of Michigan.
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Hello all,

We are planning to travel from Ohio to the Upper Peninsula for the first time this coming June. We would like to stay on Lake Superior either at a remote campground or boondocking for 3-4 days. We like the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore but cannot seem to be able to make a reservation yet. We also wondered what itís like along the Canadian coast and if anyone can give any comparisons. We would really appreciate any input for this area!

Steve


We are quite familiar with the camping in the area between Munising and Grand Marais (right on Lake Superior). Lots to see and do- Pictured Rocks, waterfalls, scenic drives, etc.

Watch out for the mosquitoes! We went in late June and got eaten alive. We only found relief by going to the Munising City Park right on Lake Superior and at the same elevation. We stayed there for four days.

We really like Woodlands Park CG in Grand Marais. It is right in town so you can walk to stuff. It is a FCFS CG, so if you show up on Sunday or Monday no problem. A tip- if you show up on the weekend and they are full, there is overflow space right in front of the church.

Lots of great camping in the Hiawatha NF. We picked up a guidebook and map at the office on our way to Munising.

PM me if I can help.

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We drive to NY state to visit a son and family every summer through Canada. We go into Canada through Sault Ste Marie, staying in the city campground of Aune Osborne Campground overnight before going into Canada the next morning. (there are 2 campgrounds right next to each other. First one is private, second one is city and cheaper with campsites on the river. You can watch big ships head in and out of the Sault Locks from the campground). It's usually a quick portal to Canada. We then have stayed in Algonquin Prov. Park a number of times doing that route. Our experience with that park is good, and easy to get into most of the time due to size and number of campgrounds there. Prov. parks prices have risen, so you may want to look at prices where you're going.

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Just to clarify, if we go into Canada it would be on the east side of the lake. I would love to go up toward Thunder Bay area, actually entirely around the lake, but the two of us are heading for Milwaukee, WI to attend a church conference. We plan to travel from northeastern Ohio to Artubus Beach Campground in MI for a Saturday night stay, then travel to UP for Sunday-Wednesday / Thursday. Then head to Milwaukee, WI to stay at the Wisconsin State Fair RV Park for Thursday-Saturday. The Líanse and Copper Harbor areas look great and the jam-making monks may be a definite! We are early 50ís, college age kids stay at home and take care of pets on this one, and we share the driving. 25í FB 2006 Safari that we stayed in for a month last September for a west coast trip.
Lake Superior Provincial Park is a short drive north of Sault Ste. Marie. I haven't camped there in quite a while but am familiar with the coast of Lake Superior in that area (which is spectacular). I've posted some reviews from Campendium below. If you had the time, I would also recommend Pukaskwa National Park or Neys Provincial Park but both a day's drive north of Sault Ste. Marie.

https://www.campendium.com/agawa-bay-campground
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We camped in a state park in Copper Harbor, Mi. last August. The park has two sections. each was nice. We took a ferry to Isle Royal departing from that area. 3-4 hour sail. Some folks go for just the day. We stayed at a lodge on Isle Royal overlooking Lake Superior for 4 nights. Fantastic experience visiting the island. Caz.
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The nicest parks on Lake Superior in Canada are the Provincial Parks or the Pukaskwa National park, but you will not likely get any services since they are usually fully reserved in the summer months. Most of the parks are Lake access or if you have a park permit it allows you to go to other provincial parks in the area for the period the permit is valid. If you can dry camp the rates are a bit less but you also have a 35% bonus in buying power with US vs CAN dollars.
There are a few private campsites near major centers, but you would need to check for reservations. Also Provincial sites are usually booked on Weekends and around our Holiday schedule. July 1st, Civic Holiday (1st Monday in August) and Sept 1st labor day.

Neys Provincial Park is a great for hiking, and Pukaskwa has several marvelous trails including a moderate to difficult 6 hour return hike to the suspension bridge over the White River, and several natural shoreline observation points. This park may have electrical and water on a first come basis but the dry camp sites are sunny enough for solar. Provincial parks are often tree lined sites and I had limited solar power for the few days I have spent there. Great natural beaches. They don't groom or remove logs from many areas of the beach....don't scavenge wood from the beaches...you will be kicked out!
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