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Old 06-13-2008, 09:18 PM   #1
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Needed: great campground recs for the UP

We are hoping that some of you on the Forum would recommend some good campgrounds, preferably located on the water, in the region of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We're torn between returning to our favorite Montana region north of Yellowstone and staying at Yellowstone's Edge campground which we've greatly enjoyed, or heading east for a change and venturing into the UP region which we've heard so much about. Before we invest in the gas to get there and maybe being disappointed in what we find, we'd like to know from some of you who have been there if there are rv campgrounds in the UP and if so, what are some that you would recommend and what are the outstanding features of the ones you recommend. Thanks for helping us do our research, backed up by real user knowledge. ~G

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Old 06-13-2008, 10:00 PM   #2
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Last year we went around Lake Superior, and enjoyed the Michigan State Park at Copper Harbor and the one just south of Paradise. It's difficult to stay on the water, however. Venture through Sault St Marie into Canada, however, and you can stay on the water in many Ontario Provincial Parks. They were our favs.

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Porcupine Mountains State Park has wonderful outdoor opportunities including about 80 miles of hiking trails. The campground is located on Lake Superior in which you can enjoy both sunrises and sunsets. The perk is located in the western portion of the U.P. One word of caution, if you want things to do outside the park there is not much else in the area.
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Georgia, there's a price for admission to da UP. Rally!! Moraine View is starting sleepily this sunny Saturday morning.

We did a tent camping trip of UP waterfall campgrounds in 1988 and had a great time. Our prettiest campsite was right on the water at Porcupine Mtn S.P. So I know I posted on this before and will just give you some links:

I certainly wouldn't miss Tahquamenon Falls S.P. If you go to Indian Lake, it's useful as a base for the brief trip to Big Spring. From there it's a nice day trip down to Fayette State Park (historical). I know we missed some significant locations in the state park system. Research is fun, isn't it?

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Eric has towed the sand road from NE of Munising up to Grand Marais. I've driven it. Most unique! It's well maintained and not hazardous to Airstreams like gravel roads. Like a lot of the economy that left da UP frozen in time (you'll see a lot of fields but no agriculture), sights and sounds are spread around. It's not a vacation trophy hunter's trip -- just peaceful and relaxing.

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IIRC there are two cgs at Tahquanemon Falls - the Eastern one is close to the river's entrance to the lake (just south of Paradise) and the other is closer to the falls. We stayed at the river's mouth cg and paddled our kayaks out to the lake. So - not lakefront, but nice access anyway.

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