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Michigan Trip
« on: August 22, 2021, 06:08:49 PM »
We’re about to head out for a couple of weeks to explore our home state. We’ll be spending time in the western Upper Peninsula, where we last camped (in a small tent) not long after we were married some 40 years ago. We still remember the black bear that wandered through our campsite at Porcupine Mountains State Park. We’ll be there again for 2 nights, this time in our camper, so bring on the bears! The Keweenaw Peninsula has lots to see, including a new national historic park, so that will be fun too. We’re traveling completely self-contained except for gas, campground check-ins, and dump stations. Bird migration will be underway, so our binoculars are all cleaned and ready to go.  :)
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Re: Michigan Trip
« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2021, 10:24:35 AM »
Have a good trip!

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Re: Michigan Trip
« Reply #2 on: August 25, 2021, 05:15:34 PM »
Enjoy!  Haven't been out much, waiting for retirement in December.  After that, hope to have a full schedule.

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Re: Michigan Trip
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2021, 03:12:18 PM »
We had a nice adventure to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. It’s not exactly on the way to anywhere, so it’s not at all crowded. Campgrounds are full on weekend summer nights and reservations at places that take them are necessary, but there is plenty of room to roam anywhere anyway. We spent time simply enjoying camping on the shore of 3 of the Great Lakes and learning local history. Michigan is very accommodating to RV travel, with many well-placed and well-maintained rest stops on major and minor roads.

For anyone traveling U.S. 2 across the U.P., I can recommend Straits State Park at the Mackinac Bridge and Manistique Lakeshore Campground at Manistique. Nice parks in nice areas with lots to do and easy access.

For the more adventurous who are making the area a destination, I can recommend Ft. Wilkins State Historic Park at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula and Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park at the far west end of the U.P. Both offer nice sites in beautiful areas with lots of things to do. They are both spectacular in the fall about mid-October. Keep in mind the U.P. is a big place and travel times are bit longer because there are no Interstates or divided highways.

Ft. Wilkins State Park

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=419&type=SPRK

Porcupine Mountains State Park

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/ParksandTrails/Details.aspx?id=426&type=SPRK

Straits State Park

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/ParksandTrails/Details.aspx?id=427&type=SPRK

Manistique Lakeshore Campground

https://manistiquelakeshorecampground.org
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Re: Michigan Trip
« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2021, 11:57:54 PM »
Congrats on the nice trip Merlin!  My wife and I have driven through the Manistique campground a few times on our way to / from Petoskey MI to go to the Sun RV Resort there.  Seems to be a great place especially if you can get a spot on the water.  I couldn’t help but notice also that their bathroom was very clean!  Will have to stay there sometime. 


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