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Old 06-03-2019, 09:00 PM   #1
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Michigan-Wisconsin loop. Recommendations welcome!

We’re leaving Arkansas heading north to make a loop through Michigan and down through Wisconsin. About a 10-12 day trip. 33 ft MH with a toad. Any suggestions for routes, places to stay or areas to avoid welcome!
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We’re doing the reverse of this from Minnesota across the UP in August.

Looking forward to the answers to your post.
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Hoping for recommendations. Safe travels.
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Opie2019,

We are in the middle of the same loop, only we are going in the opposite direction. We went north through Wisconsin and are currently in the UP of MI. THis weekend we will head across the Mighty Mac going south and spend a month in the lower peninsula of MI.

So recommendations so far:

1) Bring bug spray. Mosquitos aren't so bad, but the gnats and flies are hard to take on some days.

2) We stayed at Rustic Timbers in Door County, WI. Very woodsy feel and a nice place. We don't have kids but if you do, there is a huge playground. Our cost was $62/night (with all tax, etc).

3) In the UP, we stayed at Manistique Campground. It is brand new and right on the shore of Lake Michigan. All concrete, level pads and FHU. But no pool, playground, etc. Nice new bathhouse with laundry. Nicest campground we have stayed at. Our site was $45/night.

4) Also in the UP, we are currently at Munising Tourist Campground. No pool, no playground, but new bathhouse and laundry. Most sites are grass, with a few being gravel. I think there might be 2 or 3 fhu, but most sites are water/electric. It makes up for lack of stuff with a great view of Grand Island and Lake Superior. Many sites are right on the water. Owned by the town, the rates are low. Our site (water/electric) is $30/night.

When we hit the lower peninsula, we are booked at Mackinaw Mill, Wild Cherry, Poncho's Pond and Duck Creek. Don't know anything about them yet, but have read that each is nice in its own way.

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I have lived and camped in Michigan for 50 years. First, doing this in less than two weeks means you can’t stay in any one place long.

I would travel the west coast of Michigan. See Sleeping Bear dunes, Glen Lake, Traverse City area. You might check out Mackinac Island. There are many nice towns along the Lake Michigan coast. Petosky, Charlevoix, Empire, Frankfurt, Pentwater. All very nice. If you like beer and lots of very good restaurants, check out Grand Rapids. It is a happening town now. If you like beachfront camping, the state parks at Grand Haven and Pentwater are very nice, but might be tough to get a reservation now.
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Perfect! I’ll definitely move your campground recommendations to top of the list. Thank you so much.
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We will be coming across N WI, into the UP and across into lower MI the last 2 weeks of July with a large class A. We were hoping to avoid advanced reservations if possible. We expect some limitations, but are we hoping at a high level of getting in anywhere?
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We will be coming across N WI, into the UP and across into lower MI the last 2 weeks of July with a large class A. We were hoping to avoid advanced reservations if possible. We expect some limitations, but are we hoping at a high level of getting in anywhere?
We came through WI in late May, into UP in early June, now in LP in mid-June.

All of the places we have been so far on our route (Rustic Timbers, Manistique, Munising, Mackinaw Mill) have had plenty of open spots. BUT, we are still in "pre-season", so things might be more filled up in late July.

In Rustic Timbers (Door County, WI) we were among 4 other rigs the week before Memorial Day. Friday before Memorial Day, the park FILLED up. Mid-day on Memorial Day, less than 10 rigs remained.

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Take a sweat shirt and a wind breaker. At 60° and a north wind off of Lake Superior you will swear it is about to snow !

On the east end of the UP, don't miss the Soo Locks and the Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls. These are all close to Munising.

Many people take US2 straight across. If you have time, go up to the Porcupine Mountains and maybe Houghton. Many small waterfalls in the Keweenaw Peninsula.
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We are leaving tomorrow to camp at Mackinaw Mill Creek. It's a large campground but the prime sites are across a road from the water with a nice view of the Mackinaw bridge.

https://www.campmackinaw.com/

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Opie2019,

We are in the middle of the same loop, only we are going in the opposite direction. We went north through Wisconsin and are currently in the UP of MI. THis weekend we will head across the Mighty Mac going south and spend a month in the lower peninsula of MI.

So recommendations so far:

1) Bring bug spray. Mosquitos aren't so bad, but the gnats and flies are hard to take on some days.

2) We stayed at Rustic Timbers in Door County, WI. Very woodsy feel and a nice place. We don't have kids but if you do, there is a huge playground. Our cost was $62/night (with all tax, etc).

3) In the UP, we stayed at Manistique Campground. It is brand new and right on the shore of Lake Michigan. All concrete, level pads and FHU. But no pool, playground, etc. Nice new bathhouse with laundry. Nicest campground we have stayed at. Our site was $45/night.

4) Also in the UP, we are currently at Munising Tourist Campground. No pool, no playground, but new bathhouse and laundry. Most sites are grass, with a few being gravel. I think there might be 2 or 3 fhu, but most sites are water/electric. It makes up for lack of stuff with a great view of Grand Island and Lake Superior. Many sites are right on the water. Owned by the town, the rates are low. Our site (water/electric) is $30/night.

When we hit the lower peninsula, we are booked at Mackinaw Mill, Wild Cherry, Poncho's Pond and Duck Creek. Don't know anything about them yet, but have read that each is nice in its own way.

Regards.

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