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Old 07-11-2012, 11:36 AM   #15
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Jeff, which route are you taking north from Missou? Up the Iowa side or the Illinois side of the Mississippi? Though scenic, the extreme northeast corner of Iowa is slow going until you get right to the LaCrosse area. Avenue of the Saints to Waterloo, IA, and Rochester, MN, is a pretty efficient route. Though there hardly is a prettier place to drive than under the bluffs through LaCrosse, Winona, Lake City & Red Wing. Frontenac State Park just south of Red Wing is a quick in and out and has electric hookups (fill water on entering).

Leaving the LaCrosse area in the morning should put you through the Twin Cities at a good time of day. Hwy 61 (revisited...) along the west side of the Mississippi moves fairly well and is scenic -- the reason you're doing this trip right? I'd have to mapquest it to see if going over to Rochester and up Hwy 52 to St. Paul would save any time.

Travel time through Duluth wouldn't be affected by the flood any more but the freeway through town is in the middle of a multi-year rebuild. It's down to a tight one-lane in each direction but moves okay if you aren't negotiating that on a Friday (when it seems as if half of Minnesotans are trying to get through there for the weekend). There are some alternate routes going north from Cloquet -- slow, but better than going through Duluth on a Friday afternoon!

Seriously, getting up to Sleeping Giant and then down the peninsula to the campground is a long haul from southeast Minnesota. There's not a lot of 450-miles-at-70-mph and it will go slower than you might think. I'd have to recommend tomp's advice to look at the Grand Marais, MN, municipal campground. It's always comfy temperatures there in the summer, is scenic, right on the water, and easy walking to good restaurants.

Are you planning on staying a couple nights at each stop around the Canadian shore of Lake Superior? You've got to purchase beer or wine at LCBO outlets and this takes some getting used to. Seems like vendors often run them.
  • With time, at Sleeping Giant I can recommend a visit to the little community of Silver Islet -- and hope the little inn there is open for lunch.There's an LCBO at a gas station right at the turn off the Trans-Canada down to Sleeping Giant.
  • We've stayed at Rainbow Falls PP -- Whitesand Lake campground is fine but we chose to stay in the Rossport campground right on the lake -- nice but can get windy; good restaurant on Main St in Rossport, good pottery on Nicol Island (don't take the 'Stream out there).
  • Neys PP is good. Not so sure about whether the drive into Pukaskwa is too much sugar for a dime. It's mostly a backcountry park. White Lake is worth it mostly if you're carrying watercraft and arrive with all the water you'll need to stay there; the campground water lines are contaminated with cryptosporidium and even bleach won't get it out of your lines if you use any.
  • Wawa has a superb grocery store up in town -- on the left side as you go north into town. We restocked with our trailers in tow. Managed it in the not too generous parking lot at the store. Your results may vary...
  • Lake Superior Provincial Park. The crown jewel of the Canadian shore in my opinion. Pancake Bay is pretty tightly hemmed if you ask me. I liked Agawa Bay much better -- and it is much more central to day trips up and down the highway to hike waterfalls, lakes, and on and on. Multiple decent strolls along Lake Superior can be found along the Trans-Canada.
  • da U.P? How much do you want to do there?
A similar Circle Tour thread is here - http://www.airforums.com/forums/f42/...ore-76925.html
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Old 07-11-2012, 06:12 PM   #16
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Oh boy, I might have to go with plan B. it might take two nights on the road to get there.. Oh well, it's all good. Thank you very much for the great info on routes, campsites, and things to do. If we take of from Duluth early on Sat, we shouldn't have any trouble getting to Sleeping Giant, correct? (getting thru the construction.)
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If we take of from Duluth early on Sat, we shouldn't have any trouble getting to Sleeping Giant, correct?
Correct.

Remember your passports. No guns. Biggest customs hassle we had was re-entering the US when the agents found fresh vegetables and fruit in our fridge.
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Remember your passports. No guns. Biggest customs hassle we had was re-entering the US when the agents found fresh vegetables and fruit in our fridge.
In 2010 fruit was the about the only thing* the US border guards were interested in—we entered the US several times on an Alaska trip. They never asked about what we bought, how much it cost, whether we had nuclear weapons, but they sure cared about fruit. They can ransack the trailer and you can't go near it to see what they are doing. They haven't learned to say things like "hello" or "how are you". So they come out with some fruit and throw it away telling us we could eat it if we want to go back to Canada with it. They missed some though. Some they took came from the US, but they didn't care. We felt violated. They have a lot of new, eager hires in the past several years and they all seem very suspicious of everything and have no manners. Some people have not had problems, but we did more than once.

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*They usually ask whether you have $10,000 in cash with you. Most everyone laughs at them when they ask it, but apparently the 2nd most important thing to find out.
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Remember your passports. No guns. Biggest customs hassle we had was re-entering the US when the agents found fresh vegetables and fruit in our fridge.
When I was on my motorcycle last summer, I remember going into Canada being very easy, coming back into the US, as being very difficult. I was very tired, it was getting late, I didn't want to be on the bike after dark riding down towards Duluth from the border, but they held me there for at least a hour. Everything was in waterproof bags on the bike. I think they even got to the point of checking to see if there really was toothpaste in the tube.. I put up my tent on the shore of Superior just south of the border. Turned out to be a great camp site. Way too many big critters to worry about on the road (after dark) for my taste.
Our reservation at Sleeping Giant starts on a Saturday, so we'll stay near Duluth on Friday night, and shouldn't have too much trouble getting thru the construction and on to Sleeping Giant by Sat afternoon. (hopefully )

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From what I recall the prettier areas, and more peaceful looking campgrounds were up in Canada..

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Anywhere in the north central UP, particularly in the areas of Pictured Rock National Lakeshore and the adjacent State Parks within the National Lakeshore boundaries , all primitive sites are simply stunning. I would not rule out the US side. 12 mile beach campground has sites 300 or so feet from Lake Superior, all wooded. The State parks as well, many on inland lakes about 3 miles from Lake Superior are outstanding. You are typically 25-30 miles from the nearest town and there is NO cell service except on the far west or east side of area, which is fine by me. We'll be heading up that at some point over the next few weeks. They have just completed paving H-58 the main road going through the area from the washboard gravel road they had for decades.

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We are only going to be up there a week. Sleeping Giant for three nights and Pukaskwa for three (if we can get in.)
Going to head to Door Co in WI, from Pukaskwa..
Thanks for the WI campground info for the trip up.

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Just returned from a few days at Neys Provincial Park - what a great spot to beat much of the heat - a nice cool onshore breeze during the day - not much in the way of mosquitoes - gorgeous view. This year we were struck by how quiet the park seemed to be - even the best sites available for overnight stays, at least during the week - maybe a reflection of the the closure of a couple of mills in Marathon and Terrace Bay? - weekend might be a bit different?. Here are a couple pictures - one a view directly from our campsite, one a view of the "crowded" beach and proof that the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow is in Northwestern Ontario!!

Looking forward to hearing the results of your own exploration.

Have a great trip.



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Just returned from the BWCA up on the Gunflint trail,stopped on Grand Marais MN on the north shore (about 40 miles south of the Canadian border).What a beautiful town! Great food, shopping etc....Stayed at the municipal rv campgrounds (gorgeous views of lake Superior) and found it to be a hidden treasure.While there I over heard them saying that they were almost booked up for August.
I will definitely return.
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All this is reminding me of our two trips along Lake Superior and making me very anxious to be there. Can't do it this year, but maybe next?

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Every time I hear something about Lake Superior, I can't help but be reminded of the Gordon Lightfoot song, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fiztgerald".

Planning to go to Whitefish Bay, by any chance?

Does any one know where the love of God goes
when the waves turn the minutes to hours?
The searchers all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay
if they'd put fifteen more miles behind 'er.
They might have split up or they might have capsized;
they may have broke deep and took water.
And all that remains is the faces and the names
of the wives and the sons and the daughters.
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Every time I hear something about Lake Superior, I can't help but be reminded of the Gordon Lightfoot song, "The Wreck of the Edmund Fiztgerald".
Yup, me too. Very familiar with the song and the wreck. Luv the north shore of Lake Superior. Been there many times. The weather can turn on a dime. This pic was the last time we were there with Airstream in tow.
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I was planning on checking out Whitefish Bay. That's a great song. In my opinion, one of Gordon Lightfoot's best.

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Hey Jeff -- How'd your trip turn out? We just got back from a long weekend at Grand Marais, MN. I love that lake.

Construction south of Duluth was delaying people 2 hours on Fridays & Sundays the weekend before Labor Day. I-35 through that area has construction most years and is a real choke point for so many Minnesotans trying to squeeze through to the Arrowhead for summer weekends.

Surprised myself on a trip through Duluth in August -- the through-town three year freeway project had been completed.
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Hey Jeff -- How'd your trip turn out? We just got back from a long weekend at Grand Marais, MN. I love that lake.

Construction south of Duluth was delaying people 2 hours on Fridays & Sundays the weekend before Labor Day. I-35 through that area has construction most years and is a real choke point for so many Minnesotans trying to squeeze through to the Arrowhead for summer weekends.

Surprised myself on a trip through Duluth in August -- the through-town three year freeway project had been completed.
I'm glad you asked, and I'm sorry it's taken me so long to reply.. Work gets in the way sometimes..

We took off on a Thursday afternoon, and made it up to Prairie Du Chein. By the time we got there it was pretty late. So finding a CG was difficult..
We drove by a huge Cabella's and I thought, I've spent enough $$ there over the years, I'm pulling in. It was a peaceful night. We slept like logs. In fact, the next morning we found out we weren't in a retail lot, but a distribution center, employee lot. We were surrounded by cars from the early shift. We could hardly get out of the lot!
We had a uneventful day on Friday going on up to Duluth. We got there so early, I didn't want to stay there. I thought we'd be able to find some place to camp along Lake Superior.. I thought wrong. Every CG was booked up. Private, State, and Federal.. So we dry camped again. Went up into Superior National Forest, and just parked it. Another good night's rest. Needless to say we made it to Sleeping Giant early the next day..
Here's our site there.. We didn't plan ahead, and had the last site I'd normally pick, but it was still all right.

Sleeping Giant is a pretty nice place. We kayaked, hiked, and took it easy.
The hike was a tough one for us. It's 14K each way to get to the top of Sleeping Giant.. I thought it was worth the trip.. My wife, maybe not so much.


This is the view from the top.. Plus some of the trail..




I'll have to finish this later.. Gotta get some work done..
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