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Old 06-03-2017, 06:43 AM   #1
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Northern Wisconsin and northern MIchigan

We plan on being in this area for the month of August and looking for suggestions on where to camp (we prefer parks to RV resorts) and what to see and do.

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Northern Michigan as in the northern part of the lower peninsula or are you talking about the Upper Peninsula? Northwestern part of the lower peninsula is especially nice with Traverse City, Petosky, Sleeping Bear Dunes, anywhere along the Lake Michigan shoreline, etc, etc. There are plenty of State Parks and most have camping. Few have full hook ups, only water & electric. If you can say more about what activities you're interested in I can give more guidance. This area is pretty hard to beat in the Summer.
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We are going on a 30+ day long trip in Wisconsin / Upper Michigan / Michigan starting June 10. We are staying at least 3-4 nights at the following campgrounds... they are all by the water and have golf courses near. Arts & crafts also for the DW!

Peninsula State Park, WI
Tahquamenon Falls State Park, UP
Mackinaw Mill Creek CG, MI
Petoskey State Park, MI
Harrisville State Park, MI
Sleeping Bear Dunes, MI
Ludington State Park, MI

We also plan on doing a lot of site seeing with stops at Sault Ste. Marie Canal National Historic Site in Canada and Traverse City, MI.

I am not for sure of how many open sites are available in August, but I suggest you start to finalize your plans so you have options of where you want to stay before they fill up.
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Lots to see and do up here:

Wine tours at tons of local wineries
Shopping at small resort towns (Traverse City, Petoskey, Frankfort, Leland, Glen Arbor, Suttons Bay, etc)
Trendy restaurants to go with the wine & beer
Most any water sports on the smaller inland lakes or Lake Michigan (skiing, kite surfing, wake boarding, kite boarding, para sailing, etc)
Sailing, Boating, kayaking, canoeing
400' dune climb at Sleeping Bear Dunes
Mackinac Island (Pronounced Mackinaw. Very touristy but worth the ferry ride. No cars)
The Mackinac Bridge. (5 miles long. About the same size as the Golden Gate)
Golf at countless 1st class golf resorts
Hiking/biking/mountain biking (lots of trails)
Outstanding fishing. 1st class trout streams, salmon fishing on Lake Michigan and everything in between.

Water is the focus up here with the countless lakes & rivers. You're never more than 6 miles from some body of water. I'm a Michigan native so let me know what you're interested in. As mentioned above, some of the State Park campgrounds get very busy in the summer to the point of over crowding. Traverse City State Park is one example of this. There are others nearby that would be a better pick.
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Better get on your computer and make reservations. Great area but the folks up there all have to do their camping in a short season.
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Very nice area, I attempted to grow up there, you will enjoy it. I go twice a year, but I park in my brother front yard. I miss all the trees and the fall colors.
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I grew up in Northern Wisconsin and travel up there frequently to visit family.

There are a number of small towns worth a visit, typical touristy stuff but still enjoyable. The Boulder Junction, Minocqua, Eagle River areas attract lots of visitors. There are numerous state campgrounds with great fishing.

I also lived in Northern Michigan in 2011-2012 working on a mining project. Drove across the UP many times. The Lake Superior route was my perferred way to drive. Several nice towns to visit, the Copper Peninsula has lots of mining history which I have an interest in.
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One of our most interesting stops over the years, the Fayette Historic Town Site in a state park a bit south of Garden Michigan on the Upper Peninsula. This is a well preserved 19th century "company Town" well worth the visit. A great look at how difficult life must have been at the time.
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Personally I'd follow the Lake Superior Circle Tour roads in WI & MI.
We have done all of the Great Lakes Circle Tours and Lake Supior is the best, hands down.

Northern Michigan UP: Sault Ste Marie. Mackinaw Island is a must, but a bit south. The Hilltop Cafe in L'Anse, MI has the best home cooking around with their famous giant popovers and Caramel Rolls the size of your head. Definitely go up the Keweenaw Peninsula to Copper Harbor. Beauty abounds. From there you can take a ferry to Isle Royale. Nature at its best.

Northern Wisconsin: You are so close to Duluth, MN while in Superior Wi....the North Shore drive north of Duluth is fabulous as is Canal Park. Go to Bayfield, WI where you can take Apostle Islands & Lighthouse Tours. Take the ferry to Madeline Island, we love it there. Almost a step back in time. Great people and lots of nature & fun.
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Thank you all. It should be a great trip. We will start on the reservations tonight.


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