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Old 01-24-2020, 11:02 AM   #1
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Michigan & UP advice

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we are planning to spend 3-4 weeks traveling from NJ to Michigan and looking for any advice or suggestions.
Roughly, I was thinking of traveling east across the Alleganey's via route 6 in PA, then through Ohio and across Michigan and up the west coast of the state, along lake Michigan, hitting Sleeping Bear Dunes National lakeshore, and across the "big Mac bridge" to Pictured Rocks. On to Houghton to take to Ferry to Island Royale NP for a couple days of tent camping.

Some concerns are:
Apparently the sites in Sleeping Bear and Pictured Rocks are too small for my 27' FC?
Where can I leave the airstream for a few days while in Isle Royale?

Any suggestions or advice is appreciated!


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Old 01-24-2020, 01:56 PM   #2
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There are a *ton* of sites to camp in Michigan and the UP. We had no problems finding spots that would handle our 30' in the middle of the summer. Indeed there are a few places that book full very early. Lots of other places to go .....

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Old 01-26-2020, 08:26 AM   #3
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We stayed near Munising at Pictured Rocks. Nice little town. Get some pasties to eat. Dont miss a kayak tour of pictured rocks - very scenic and colorful (take a camera).

Check out Whitefish Point Light Station and the shipwreck museum.

Tahquamenon Falls SP is worth a stop.
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Old 01-27-2020, 12:52 PM   #4
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These are for the Upper Peninsula:

Mackinac Island: https://www.mackinacisland.org/

Keewenaw National Historic Park: https://www.nps.gov/kewe/index.htm

Copper Harbor: http://www.copperharbor.org/

Fort Wilkins Historic State Park: https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksan...pe=SPRK&id=419

Tahquamenon Falls State Park: https://www.michigan.org/property/ta...lls-state-park

The Soo Locks: https://www.saultstemarie.com/attractions/soo-locks/

Great Lakes Ship Wreck Museum: https://www.shipwreckmuseum.com/

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore: https://www.nps.gov/piro/index.htm

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park: https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksan...pe=SPRK&id=426
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Old 01-27-2020, 01:14 PM   #5
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The Pictured Rocks federal campgrounds/sites are limited in number, and not all sites will accommodate a 30’ trailer and two vehicle.

I suggest some careful planning with a trailer that size.

That said, the UP is beautiful, and I include in there the entire area from Duluth on east.

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Old 01-27-2020, 05:54 PM   #6
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Lanse county park and campground is a good campground. Water and electric but no sewer. Clean and well run and a pretty location. The campground at Houghton is better located to do Houghton and Copper harbor and Calumet and for eating in town.

An interesting Jeep trip is Point Abbey and the mouth of the Huron river. Not spectacular like Copper Harbor is but still a good lake experience.

Marquette is a good visit.

I have never been to Isle Royal because we travel with a pet. But if traveling without a pet and in good weather it would seem to be a great trip.
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Old 01-28-2020, 07:06 PM   #7
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thanks all

As expected from this outstanding community, I received some great advice and have now got a good sketch of our plan!

Will report back to the faithful.
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Would like to go to the UP of Michigan this spring. Are the mosquitoes out in May? Also wondering what weather to expect then.
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Would like to go to the UP of Michigan this spring. Are the mosquitoes out in May? Also wondering what weather to expect then.
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It likely will be colder than you would expect if coming up from the south. Not so cold that the water at the campground is still shut off, but bring a sweater.

Bugs (of all sorts) are highly dependent on the rain (which is likely) and the degree days above this or that temperature (which is variable). If it's been a cold spring, not many bugs in early May.

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Could still have snow on ground on Mothers day.
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Could still have snow on ground on Mothers day.
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Snow on the UP??? I don't think they even have 12 feet up there yet ....

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I would strongly recommend a stop at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakshore. Some of the most stunning scenery in the Midwest in that area.
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