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Old 04-01-2015, 08:42 PM   #1
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Mackinaw / Mackinac island

Want to stop on our way to Yellowstone to see Mackinac Island what would be a good campground in the area, going to catch the Arnold ferry to the island. Any other info appreciated.
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Arnold on the St Ignais side in the UP has on site overnight parking for RVs but no hook ups, I ran out of water there last summer on the way home and maintenance opened up a faucet at one of the boat slips and let us take on potable water.

I imagine they have the same in Mackinaw City as well but don't take my word for it just give them a call.
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We had a great time for a few days at Mackinaw City. We stayed at the Mackinaw Mill Creek camping ground.

Things to do:

1. Buy plenty of fudge!
2. Visit Mackinac Island and buy some more fudge. The buggy ride tour is pretty decent.
3. Visit the USCG Mackinaw ice breaker. That was really more of a treat than I expected. (No fudge available there.)

Thank goodness we were only there a few days or we would have busted our fudge budget and pants belts.
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We stayed at a campground right on the water, east of the bridge if you are traveling north. Beautiful views at night. Can't remember name. Will try to find name and location .
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Stayed at the Mackinaw City KOA, great friendly owners and a nice campground.....Free Shuttle stops to take you to the Ferry landing to get to the Island
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We will be coming up from the south and meeting up with another camping couple on the north east side of the bridge so I guess we would be looking for a campground up there.
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Old 04-03-2015, 05:59 PM   #7
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Just west of the bridge is a KOA campground, The Straits State park is just east of the bridge. A short distance north is a Casino that has hookups.
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We've always stayed at Breevort Lake national forest campground but for RV parks in St. Ignace (on the north side of the bridge in Michigan's Upper Peninsula) here are some choices:


St Ignace, MI Campground Reviews - Best of St Ignace Camping - RV Park Reviews
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Great this helps a lot, thank you all for all the info.
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glad I saw this thread...

If we ever find our next RV, Mackinac Island is one of the first places we want to visit.

The summer of 1970, I worked for Mackinac Island Carriage Tours, driving two teams of horses and giving tours of the Island. I'd love to see all the changes they've made over the years and also want to see or maybe spend a night at the Grand Hotel - we were not allowed on the hotel grounds at that time. The modes of transportation on the island were horses, bicycles and shoe leather back then, hope it's the same now. Oh, eat lots of fudge and if you take the tour, tip your driver. He/she will appreciate it.

After that, it would be over to Maine to eat lobster 'til they're extinct or my cholesterol goes off the charts. That right there would be a great summer!
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Mill Creek campground is quite large, but has a waterfront section that is great. We haven't been there for a while, but kinda remember this section doesn't have sewer hookups. Not a problem for just a few days - the view is worth it.

If you rent bikes on Mackinaw island, keep an eye out for horse pollution on the roads.

Tourists in the Mackinaw area are called "Fudgies"

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We had a great time for a few days at Mackinaw City. We stayed at the Mackinaw Mill Creek camping ground.

Things to do:

1. Buy plenty of fudge!
2. Visit Mackinac Island and buy some more fudge. The buggy ride tour is pretty decent.
3. Visit the USCG Mackinaw ice breaker. That was really more of a treat than I expected. (No fudge available there.)

Thank goodness we were only there a few days or we would have busted our fudge budget and pants belts.
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I've been and have stayed there a few times. One of the times we stayed there we took one of the carriage rides, The driver asked us if we wanted the standard fare or go outback ( sort of speak ) We went through the back roads of the island and he kept us mesmerized for the whole trip. He showed us a house that one of the oldest full time residents lived. Said she had been in poor health for a little over a year. The next day we experienced a black, horse drawn hurst going to the church for a funeral. It was kind of eerie.
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The modes of transportation on the island were horses, bicycles and shoe leather back then, hope it's the same now.
It is still the same.
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Very cool, thanks Marc...hopefully we'll get up there in '16.
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