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Old 02-22-2014, 04:36 PM   #1
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Looking at taking our motorhome (30 ft Outlook) around Lake Superior this July. Would love any input on the best places to camp. There will be 2 adults and 2 teens and we will not be towing a vehicle. Thanks for your help!
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Old 02-24-2014, 04:03 AM   #2
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Our favorite is Lake Superior Provincial Park Agaw Bay where we have camped for 25 years, our kids grew up there.
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:49 AM   #3
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The Scenic Drive from Duluth to the Canadian border is a great route. We stayed a couple of nights in Grand Marais at Campground, Camping, RV in Grand Marais Minnesota It's a short walk to "downtown" and, the only time this ever happened to us, they asked us to walk to the campsite to see if we liked it...

Also, Welcome to Lakehead Boat Basin Duluth Minnesota Lake Superior RV camping at a marina, 30 sites only. Not someplace you would spend more than one day but pretty unique. The sites are right on the water.

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Looking at taking our motorhome (30 ft Outlook) around Lake Superior this July. Would love any input on the best places to camp. There will be 2 adults and 2 teens and we will not be towing a vehicle. Thanks for your help!
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Hi,

on the Canadian side ...

  • Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park near Thunder Bay
  • Sleeping Giant Provincial Park opposite Thunder Bay - it's worth the drive off of the TransCanada
  • Rainbow Falls/Rossport Provincial Park
  • Pukaskwa National Park
  • As previously mentioned, Lake Superior Provincial Park, Agawa Bay campground
  • Pancake Bay Provincial Park, north of Sault Ste. Marie
I'd recommend reservations be made for all of these campgrounds. The Provincial Park reservation system usually has 2 - 3 photos of each site.



https://reservations.ontarioparks.com/Home.aspx


Note that early in July, the bugs are still around, certain areas still receive rain 3 out of 5 days, and early morning fog banks can make for bad driving conditions. Mid - late July, it's much better.


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on the Canadian side ...

  • Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park near Thunder Bay
  • Sleeping Giant Provincial Park opposite Thunder Bay - it's worth the drive off of the TransCanada
  • Rainbow Falls/Rossport Provincial Park
  • Pukaskwa National Park
  • As previously mentioned, Lake Superior Provincial Park, Agawa Bay campground
  • Pancake Bay Provincial Park, north of Sault Ste. Marie
I'd recommend reservations be made for all of these campgrounds. The Provincial Park reservation system usually has 2 - 3 photos of each site.



https://reservations.ontarioparks.com/Home.aspx


Note that early in July, the bugs are still around, certain areas still receive rain 3 out of 5 days, and early morning fog banks can make for bad driving conditions. Mid - late July, it's much better.


Cheers,


Steve
I would also recommend you take a long extension cord for whatever amperage service your motorhome uses. Many of the provincial parks have a single large power pedestal that serves 4 campsites. Our campsite was are out of reach for a 35' power cord. Extensions can be borrowed from the office by leaving a $100.00 deposit in cash or on a credit card. However in busy times they do run out of them.

When we went in to ask where we could buy one the ranger notified us of their deposit system. It just so happened that someone came in to return one while we were there. If that hadn't happened we would have been out of luck since no one in the vicinity sells or rents them.
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when in batchewana ontario there is Wild Rose Campground with a nice restaurant next door or Sunset Campground down the highway.When traveling the trans Canada highway watch out for moose on the road.
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Consider beginning or ending your loop at Aune Osborn campground in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

City of Sault Ste Marie Municipal Website - Aune Osborn Campground

One great place. Get your reservations in early (like now) and try for one of the sites right on the river. Watching the big ships moving through is a fun activity!
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Ouimet Canyon is a must.
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Consider beginning or ending your loop at Aune Osborn campground in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

City of Sault Ste Marie Municipal Website - Aune Osborn Campground

One great place. Get your reservations in early (like now) and try for one of the sites right on the river. Watching the big ships moving through is a fun activity!


wow i did not know about that campground i live across the river on the Canadian side and could see trailers/motorhomes but i thought it was an rv dealership. i am going to have to check that campground out this summer.thanks
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Our favorite is Lake Superior Provincial Park Agaw Bay where we have camped for 25 years, our kids grew up there.
I am assuming you mean Agawa Bay. And yes this as a very beautiful area to see.
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Looks like lot of recommendations for provincial parks etc. Which is great and they are beautiful parks. But if you need a chance and looking for some activities or pools for the teens then we stayed at the KOA just east of Thunder Bay last fall. It was a busy place with kids etc as most KOA's are but a grat CG and well managed. Thunder bay may be the only area to stay on the Canadian side if you are looking to do some shopping or go out for dinner. From there to the Sault St Marie its hills rocks and scenery and likely the reason you are taking the trip. Keep an eye on your fuel. Do not pass an municipal area with gas station with less than the ability to go another couple hundred kilometers. There are no service centers or anything just rest areas and parks.
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If you plan on touring Duluth Canal Park area, try Lakehead Boat Basin for a campsite. It isn't too much more that a parking spot with full hookups ($40/nite), But you have all the tourist spots, the lift bridge and DECC within a 10 minute walking distance. I live here and we will camp over a weekend several times a summer just for fun. Great for the outdoor music festivals and big boat watching.

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We stayed at the city campground in Grand Marais, MI overlooking Lake Superior which was just beautiful. Small town very nice. Next day we drove to Munising and took a boat tour of the pictured rocks...highly recommend it. The boat company has a kennel should you want to leave your dog at no charge. Everything is beautiful in the UP of MI!!
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. . . try Lakehead Boat Basin for a campsite . . . snipped . . .

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X2 on the Lakehead Boat Basiin. Very unique camping experience. Fantastic!
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