2020 Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota
This circuit travels up the west side of Michigan, following Lake Michigan and on around to the east side of the state to Lake Huron. From there it will cross the beautiful Mackinac Bridge to reach the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. We will travel west across the Peninsula visiting several stops along Lake Superior and crossing into Wisconsin for a couple of gatherings before venturing into Minnesota. There will be ample opportunities for biking, hiking, kayaking, exploring and sightseeing. This circuit needs a circuit leader. The number of participants will need to be limited due to size of available stops along the way. A 2nd group may follow the 1st if we have enough interest. Please note where reservations are recommended and make them as far as possible in advance to ensure your spot.
Circuit leader: Jenell Jones, firstname.lastname@example.org, (817) 455-4911 Please email her if you are planning on joining this circuit!
Hop on the ferry to Beaver Island, walk the beach at Fisherman’s Island State Park, pick up some fresh smoked whitefish for dinner, and end the day with an ice cream cone and a walk on the waterfront. Tour historic lighthouses and get a glimpse of what life was like for the lighthouse keeper and his family. Visit the Harsha House and the Charlevoix Depot Museum to understand the rich history of this area. Day trip to Petoskey for rock (fossilized coral) hunting. There will be a day trip to Mackinaw City from Charlevoix
Odawa Casino, 1760 Lears Rd. Petoskey, MI 49770 Free. Dry Camping. Shuttle available to casino from lot.
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Susan Hutton, 912-599-0964
Dancing Thursday – Saturday at a nearby bar, July 4th festivities in Alpena include a 5K, 1mi run, the 18th annual Thunder Bay Maritime Festival, the 8th annual Cardboard Boat Regatta, a parade and fireworks. Bike the Alpena Bi-Path that spans 18.5 total miles throughout the city of Alpena, and offers views of Lake Huron, Thunder Bay River, and local historic landmarks.
Thunder Bay RV Park, 4250 US 23, Alpena, MI. This is over Independence Day weekend. Reserve @ 989-354-2528 Kregg or Debbie. Say you are with the WIN group.
From Alpena, head south on US-23, campground will be on the right. $30 FHU, Bathroom and showers available and Pavilion. Dump available. No dry camping allowed.
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Tour Locks, hike Voyageur Trail, Geocache, explore St. Joseph Island, Bushplane Museum, guided museum tour. Ride the Agawa Canyon Tour Train, a one-day wilderness train tour takes you 183 kms north of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario over towering trestles and along pristine northern lakes and rivers, to the Agawa Canyon. The Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site consists of the two oldest stone buildings northwest of Toronto. 200 years old, these buildings have witnessed the growth and transformation of a small Ojibwa encampment into a Northern Ontario hub. Located in downtown Sault Ste. Marie, the museum welcomes visitors year-round to explore the three floors of exhibit galleries that depict the heritage of Sault Ste. Marie. Displays include traveling and locally curated exhibits.
Kewadin Casino, 2186 Skunk Rd., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783. Register in casino.
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Tom Young 480-526-1726
Bike or walk in Presque Isle Park, enjoy ice cream at Jilbert’s Dairy, tour pit mine and processing factory, and watch taconite being loaded into ocean liners. Great kayaking in nearby lakes & rivers, waterfalls, bike or backpack on Grand Island, Picture Rocks boat tour, & hikes.
Marquette, MI. Marquette County Fairgrounds, 715 M-553, Gwinn, MI. $20 Dry camping.
2 miles S of crossroads Hwy 480 & M 553. Reservations are needed and the campground has requested one contact. Please call Jenell Jones at (817) 455-4911 to make a reservation. Payment in cash is required.
Overflow option: Ojibwa Casino, 105 Acre Trail, Marquette, MI. From Marquette go east 11 miles on SR 28. Watch for sign to turn right on Kawbawgam Avenue to Ojibwa Casino.
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Take the ferry to Isle Royale National Park for hiking, kayaking and scuba diving. Tour the Quincy Mine and the Coppertown Mining Museum to learn all about the history of the area where mining was king. Stop by Sheldon’s Bakery for an old miner’s favorite dinner – a pasty (pasties are filled with meats and vegetables). The ghost town of Delaware including the Delaware Copper Mine. Travel along scenic highway 41 and stop at the Jampot for an afternoon treat. Tour the A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum to learn about the area’s interesting rocks and minerals. Breakfast at Suomi Diner is a must. Boat tour of the lighthouses. Visit Houghton College for Rock Museum (free).
Hancock Recreation Area, 2000 Jasberg St, Hancock, MI. Reserve after May 1 @ cityofhancock.com. use yellow box link on Left side of home page.
From US-41 in Houghton, take a slight left onto Shelden Ave, immediately turn right onto Portage Canal Lift Bridge, in .5 mi turn left onto Quincy St, remain on Quincy St. until you come to Hancock Recreation Area on the left. Reservations can and should be made now. Reserve at cityofhancock.com (use yellow box link on Left side of home page.) $25/day for electric. Restrooms, showers and laundry available.
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Bike or hike the Bell Isle Trail. Hiking to local waterfalls. Kayak nearby lakes (rentals available). Visit mining and logging museums and Copper Peak, the biggest ski flying jump in the USA. Kayak, rock-hound swim, and or picnic along the shore of Lake Superior. On 8/1, visit Mercer, WI for the annual Loon Festival that includes music, food, arts and crafts and the famous loon calling contest. BBQ at Jack’s house in Ramsay. Fish fry at the VFW and Pizza at Ore House. Lots of other possibilities.
Eddy Park Campground, 316 Chicago Mine Rd, Wakefield, MI
Eddy Park is located on the north east shore of Sunday Lake, along Hwy M-28. $25/day W&E and $125/week (7 days for the price of 5). Reservations are recommended, call Sue 906 229-5131 Ext 1002 after Feb 24. Camp Host at 906 224-4481.
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Thirteen Island Boat Cruise and see lighthouses and sea caves, ferry to Madeline Island State Historic Museum, fresh fish at Cornacopia, National Forest w/campground, kayaking, fishing, hiking, Iron River
Bad River Casino, US Hwy 2, Odanah, WI. Register @ smoke shop on East side of casino.
From Bessemer, MI, take US Hwy 2 West for 33 miles, Casino will be on the right. $20 for Hookups (with use of pool, hot tub & wifi), $10 for dry camping.
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Amnicon Falls, WI, Maritime Visitors Center, St. Louis Co. Heritage Center, Great Lakes aquarium, Old Fire and Police Museum, Mill Hill Mall, Glen Sheen Mansion, Richard Bong Museum (air force hero)
Tristate Fairgrounds, 4700 Tower Ave, Superior, WI
From US-2W/US-53N, take the WI-13 exit toward Douglas County Z, turn Left into Co Rd Z/State Hwy 13N, after 4mi, turn Right onto S Co Rd A, go 1.3mi, turn left into Woodlawn Rd, go about 2 mi then turn right into Tower Ave, Fairgrounds will be on the Right. Park in the Northwest Parking Lot, You DO NOT need to call to make reservations. Dry camping is $10 a night and electric is $20. Water and dump is free.
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Gunflint Trail; Fishing; Isle Royale National Park – boat trip if Lake Superior water levels high enough; Possible Kayaking near Lake Superior shore – depending on the weather; Kayaking in local lakes; Biking; Hiking; Golf (9 hole).
Judge CR Magney State Park Campground, 4051 MN 61, Grand Marais, MN
Turn Left into State Park from MN 61. Reservations required @ Reservemn.usedirect.com. Rates vary from $25 – 35.
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Visit the International Wolf Center, includes outdoor programs and live wolf exhibits. Tour the Dorothy Molter Museum, Dorothy, known as the root beer lady, brewed twelve thousand bottles every summer offering them to visitors stopping by during their trip in the Boundary Waters. Enjoy kayaking or hiking in the Boundary Waters Area. Try your luck at fishing for walleye or trout in pristine waters. Birding enthusiasts can find approximately 155 species of birds including owls, bald eagles, numerous waterfowl and song birds.
Fall Lake CG, Superior National Forest, 14197 Fall Lake Rd, Ely, MN. Reservations recommended after 2/22/20 @ recreation.gov. CG has some 1st come, 1st serve.
From Ely, travel north & east on Highway 169 to County Road 18 (Fernberg Rd). Travel 4.5 miles to Fall Lake Road. Turn left and continue 1.5 miles to the CG entrance. Elec. sites: $26 / night (Golden Age: $13). Water and dump on site. Modern restrooms with showers.
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Mississippi Headwaters (Itasca State Park) – possible kayaking from headwaters depending on river depth. Boat tour on lake feeding Mississippi Headwaters; Kayaking – local rivers and lakes; Bicycle Trails; Hiking Trails; Near Bemidji, MN – Bemidji is noted for being the first city on the Mississippi River; Golf – 9 hole in Cass Lake, multiple 18 hole courses in Bemidji Fishing – 400 fishing lakes within 25 miles of Bemidji; Paul Bunyan Playhouse – “Music Man”; Paul Bunyan Amusement Park; Geocaching; Birding.
Cedar Lakes Casino, 6268 Upper Cass Frontage Rd. NW, Cass Lake, MN
US Hwy 2, turn R onto Aspen Ave NW, then L onto Upper Cass Frontage Rd. NW. Casino will be on R. Go into Casino to Players Club and register and put paperwork in RV dash or window. No charge for dry camping.
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Jim Dahlen 218-689-6223
Tour Robotic Dairy Barn and possibly other factory tours of Arctic Cat, Polaris and Digikey. Kayaking at Ed Lake River and hiking and/or kayaking at Thief River Falls. Day trip to visit the Headwaters of the Mississippi River.
Free dry camping on a vacant lot near AC Tvedt Park, between Main St and Brandenberg St, off S. Guinan Ave .Option – weather permitting @ Jim Dahlens property 206 Urdahl Ave. N, Goodridge, MN
From MN-1 W, turn right onto MN-219 N, go 1.6 mi and turn right onto Vaughn Main St. E., turn right on Guinan Ave. Water is available. Dump is available near the corner of N Lindstrom Ave and Pennington St.
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Tom Wiering 320-304-2533
Nightly campfires, pool table available, horse shoes, hiking path and even Skeeter Slapping, Kayaking on Lake Alexandria, Bike trail of 154 miles. Visit the Runestone Museum in Alexandria, which houses artifacts found in MN that relate to Middle-Age Nordic explorers. Potluck or Burn your own.
Tom Wiering’s Place, 3259 Buckskin Rd NE, Carlos, MN. Weather permitting, Toms’ property can accommodate 15 to 22 RVs.
From MN-29 S, turn right onto Buckskin Rd NE, Tom’s place is the third place on the right. WIN signs will be out. Dump at Lake Carlos State Park within 1 mi of Tom’s house. $7.
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