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Old 06-01-2005, 11:40 AM   #1
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Greetings.

We are planing a trip to Michigan's Upper P, and Pictured Rock is going to be our camping destination. We will be leaving in a few weeks, so I'm pretty sure the weather should be OK, barring an in-land huricane.

We are strongly leaning toward a campground called Bay Furnace. It has water, dump station, but no electric, so we will be packing the Honda.

Keeping in mind that we want water and a dump station, can anyone recommend a favorite campground? We looked into the Munising Tourist Park, and a couple of places that were more RV resort like. They seem nice but we prefer to be out a little more.

Our only requirements are water and a dump station. And since I will be using my Eurovan, we are trying to avoid tons of hills. How are the roads around Hiawatha?

Any suggestions would be wonderful.

Thank you.

Jonathan
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there is a state park called JW Wells. It is south of Escanaba on Green Bay. in the town of Ceder River. they have electric but no water on the site their is a dumping station. I camped there when I was a kid and the a couple of years ago wirht my Argosy.
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We go up there regularly. We stay at a State Forest campground called Kingston Lake. Very remote and on the way to all the land based views.

One word of caution, make sure you have GOOD mudflaps if you go out that way.....lots of sand/gravel roads. I hauled our Safari through it with mudflaps that were oversized....didn't get one rock ding!
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Old 06-01-2005, 02:13 PM   #4
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Greetings.

We are planing a trip to Michigan's Upper P, and Pictured Rock is going to be our camping destination. We will be leaving in a few weeks, so I'm pretty sure the weather should be OK, barring an in-land huricane.

We are strongly leaning toward a campground called Bay Furnace. It has water, dump station, but no electric, so we will be packing the Honda.

Keeping in mind that we want water and a dump station, can anyone recommend a favorite campground? We looked into the Munising Tourist Park, and a couple of places that were more RV resort like. They seem nice but we prefer to be out a little more.

Our only requirements are water and a dump station. And since I will be using my Eurovan, we are trying to avoid tons of hills. How are the roads around Hiawatha?

Any suggestions would be wonderful.

Thank you.

Jonathan
Jonathan,
My family is from Munising. We have land located between Munising and Escanaba.
If you want a nice campground, try Pete's Lake State Park. It is right off of Forest Highway 13. It is on the east side and is about a mile from the FH. They have some pretty sites that have a view of the lake. Pete's Lake is nice in size. It is about a half hour to forty-five minuet drive from Pete's Lake to Miner's Castle.
If you can get up there around July 4th, the fireworks display on the bay in Munising is AWESOME! I used to be there EVERY July 4th.
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Old 06-01-2005, 02:15 PM   #5
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Our only requirements are water and a dump station. And since I will be using my Eurovan, we are trying to avoid tons of hills. How are the roads around Hiawatha?

Any suggestions would be wonderful.

Thank you.

Jonathan
The roads are relatively flat until you get near the lake. There is a nice sized hill coming out of Munising up the Wetmore Hill. That is located east of town. Come to think of it, there is a nice one west of town too.
I know Munising well. My Mom was born and raised there.
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Munising is also about the only warm beach area that you can actually venture into Lake Superior for swimming. I should amend that this is coming from a Minnesotan more familiar with the North Shore.
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Munising is also about the only warm beach area that you can actually venture into Lake Superior for swimming. I should amend that this is coming from a Minnesotan more familiar with the North Shore.

You're thick skinned....I've been there many times and it's cold, even for someone from Chicago where we too get plenty cold!
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You're thick skinned....I've been there many times and it's cold, even for someone from Chicago where we too get plenty cold!
Maybe, but the bay there is extremely shallow and the water was actually warm just west of Munising at a lakeshore campground. Now the Minnesota North Shore is absolutely hostile and intolerable. No way will I put my little toe in that water. But then a couple of years ago we put our kayaks in at Grand Marais, MI, Rossport, Ontario and one of the provincial parks in Ontario with a little trepidation because we did not have dry suits at the time.
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Ever swim at Miners Beach!
BRRRR!!!!! Now, that is cold!
It also has a pretty good undertow.
It is still some of the most unspoiled lakefront in the country. Simply beautiful!
I suggest that anyone who loves unspoiled and gorgeous scenery to visit the UP. If I could find work in my field up there I would move back.
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Maybe, but the bay there is extremely shallow and the water was actually warm just west of Munising at a lakeshore campground. Now the Minnesota North Shore is absolutely hostile and intolerable. No way will I put my little toe in that water. But then a couple of years ago we put our kayaks in at Grand Marais, MI, Rossport, Ontario and one of the provincial parks in Ontario with a little trepidation because we did not have dry suits at the time.
I love Grand Marais...reminds me somewhat of a new england town for some reason...as for the water, either one of two things, I don't have any guts when it comes to cold water or you are a far more brave soul than I to venture into Superior.....it'd have to be a VERY hot day for me.
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I remember, one July 4th, daring my cousin to jump off of the pier in Munising. He did it, but I had to let him ride back to the cottages in the front seat of my car without a towel!
It is cold but you get used to it after your core body temperature drops a few points of a degree!
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I remember, one July 4th, daring my cousin to jump off of the pier in Munising. He did it, but I had to let him ride back to the cottages in the front seat of my car without a towel!
It is cold but you get used to it after your core body temperature drops a few points of a degree!
I think I know that pier....and there is no way....and they have a name for when your core temp goes down a few degrees....it's called hypothermia.
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I think I know that pier....and there is no way....and they have a name for when your core temp goes down a few degrees....it's called hypothermia.
"Hypothermia"? I think that was my mother's maiden name!
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Lake Superior not that cold. that is where I learned to scuba dive. It is just first a tad cold when you jump in and things go into hiding and won't come back for an hour or so till you thaw out
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