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Old 05-16-2016, 04:17 PM   #1
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We're looking for a cool place to spend next summer, possibly in the UP of Michigan. We've never been in that area.

Could you recommend a campground with 50A full hookups, Direct TV friendly, preferably on a lakefront, that would reasonably priced? We don't need a "resort" status CG, just something clean and nice, in a safe area.

Any help here would be greatly appreciated!
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Munising Tourist Park is right on the shore of Lake Superior and a great spot for a short time. Not sure if I would spend more than a week there though. Check out the Pictured Rocks Boat cruise there. Another spot is Houghton City park on the canal. Fort Wilkins State Park (not full hookup) on the tip of the Keewenau Peninsula. Michigamee RV Resort on Lake Michigamee. You could spend the summer at different spots and see the entire U.P.
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Not many RVers spend the whole summer up there unless you're really into wilderness. Your minimal requirements for a RV park would be considered an ultra resort! We love visiting the UP and have used the state parks or forest service campgrounds but it would be a long summer.

Since you've never been to Michigan I'd highly suggest spending most of the summer in the Traverse City area and the whole Leelanau Peninsula surrounding it. It's beautiful with many unique small towns and lots to explore. We volunteered in nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat'l Lakeshore and love that whole area. Some RV parks are Holiday Park, Indigo Bluffs and there are others.

A little further north is the Petoskey area, also popular. Definitely plan a day trip to Mackinac Island. It's unique - no cars allowed - just bike rental or your own or horse & buggy tours.

Save some of your weeks to visit the Upper Peninsula on your return home through Wisconsin or wherever so you can get a feel for it before committing a whole summer.


Keep in mind that any park on a inland lake or Lake Michigan will be pricey in summer. It's 'the' place to go.
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FWIW - stayed here in 2012. It was as described and on the water

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We've stayed here several times, meets your requirements... it's in the central UP.

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During our trip last summer we stayed mostly at the City and County Campgrounds...more than reasonable rates, electric hook-ups, some water/sewer, usually on the water. Check any of the camping guides to check out specific locations...
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A previous poster was probably right, stay in an area 1-2 weeks and then move to the next area. Do some research and pick and choose what you want to see/do.

Me and my wife have gone across the UP probably 20 times in the last 30 years. She has friends in lower Michigan and I have family in northern Wisconsin so we always tried to make an annual trek on vacation.

In 2011 I took a job in the UP of Michigan, I lived in Wakefield which is the west side of the state. My job had me do quite a bit of traveling in the UP for meetings etc. Summers are nice Winters are brutal, first full Winter in Wakefield had +220" of snow. Pretty bad when the first thing I'd have to do when I got back from a trip was shovel a path to the door.

Each little town is quaint and has something to see but after a couple days you will run out of things to do. The center of the UP is pretty desolate and remote. I would suggest making a circle going along Lake Michigan and then along Lake Superior, this is where most of the major cities are.

Once you cross the Maciknac Bridge campgrounds become more scarce. We've stayed at the Lakeshore RV park, have a nice view of the bridge and any big ships that pass. Take the time to catch a ferry ride to Mackinac Island and take a carriage ride around the island and visit the Grand Hotel. Ferries go out of St Ignace, another quaint town.

Stop in Marquette and go to the old down town area, shopping, good food and several micro breweries if you are into that

Take a trip up to Copper Harbor, pretty scenery. There is a lot of mining history up there as this was a major Copper Mining district in the 1800's.

The state has many campgrounds, most don't have full hookups but still livable. On the west end there are the Porcupine Mountains and State Park. This is near where I lived, Ironwood is the western most city right on the border of Wisconsin. PS, stock up with beverages in Hurley Wisconsin, prices are quite a bit cheaper.

There are also casino's spread across the UP, each tribe seems to have their own.

Lastly, check Gasbuddy.com as the prices for fuel have a big range. Don't ask my why but Munising seemed to always have cheaper diesel even though it in the middle of now where. Grand Island it there, you might run into Kid Rock as this is where he partied to "Sweet Home Alabama" all summer long.

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Hi Joe, Wisconsin is not wilderness. In fact it is a beautiful state with so many great campgrounds. I would start in the southwest area and work my way up to the UP. Then you might want to take the ferry across lake Michigan and check out some of Michigan on the way south.

What we have done is search for an area then setup a route going north. Perhaps start in the New Glarus area then the dells is a great area with alot to do. You will find most of the parks are reasonable. Stay a couple of weeks then move on. The Apostle Islands is a beautiful area way north. Visit some of the cheese factories. One of our favorite places to visit is Nueski's outlet store. The make the best bacon and other smoked items. (it's near Wausau Wi)

Here is a link to the tourism of WI. Wisconsin Tourism

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WOW! Thanks everyone, for the great info! It sounds like we might want to re-think spending the summer there! You've given us a lot to chew on!
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Maybe we should think about just traveling across the northern states during the summer, starting in Maine and ending up in Washington state!

Anywhere to get out of the MS temp & humidity!
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Not many RVers spend the whole summer up there unless you're really into wilderness. Your minimal requirements for a RV park would be considered an ultra resort! We love visiting the UP and have used the state parks or forest service campgrounds but it would be a long summer.

Since you've never been to Michigan I'd highly suggest spending most of the summer in the Traverse City area and the whole Leelanau Peninsula surrounding it. It's beautiful with many unique small towns and lots to explore. We volunteered in nearby Sleeping Bear Dunes Nat'l Lakeshore and love that whole area. Some RV parks are Holiday Park, Indigo Bluffs and there are others.

A little further north is the Petoskey area, also popular. Definitely plan a day trip to Mackinac Island. It's unique - no cars allowed - just bike rental or your own or horse & buggy tours.
TwoGypsies has mentioned some great options. The western side of the state is scenic and cooler than most places in the summer especially on the Leelenau peninsula.
Petosky has some nice full service campgrounds although you probably need reservations since it is so popular.
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Joe, the black flies are bad in the UP until sometime in July. They bite. Leave welts.
We stayed at Lakeshore Park Campground, St. Ignace. Some great views of the Straight's. Close to Mackinaw and day trips to many other area's around the Eastern UP.
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Joe, the black flies are bad in the UP until sometime in July. They bite. Leave welts.
We stayed at Lakeshore Park Campground, St. Ignace. Some great views of the Straight's. Close to Mackinaw and day trips to many other area's around the Eastern UP.

Thanks for the heads-up!
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Maybe we should think about just traveling across the northern states during the summer, starting in Maine and ending up in Washington state!

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