Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota

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, jenelljones15@gmail.com, (817) 455-4911  Please email her if you are planning on joining this circuit!


Apostle Island, WI

August 6, 2020 to August 12, 2020
Activity Ideas

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

Parking Location

Bad River Casino, US Hwy 2, Odanah, WI. Register @ smoke shop on East side of casino.

Directions and Other Information

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.

GPS Coordinates

N46.59284,W90.64854Click on link to see Google Map


Superior, WI

August 12, 2020 to August 16, 2020
Activity Ideas

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)

Parking Location

Tristate Fairgrounds, 4700 Tower Ave, Superior, WI

Directions and Other Information

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.

GPS Coordinates

N46.68206,W92.10263Click on link to see Google Map


Grand Marias, MN

August 16, 2020 to August 21, 2020
Activity Ideas

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).

Parking Location

Judge CR Magney State Park Campground, 4051 MN 61, Grand Marais, MN

Directions and Other Information

Turn Left into State Park from MN 61. Reservations required @ Reservemn.usedirect.com. Rates vary from $25 – 35.

GPS Coordinates

N47.81819,W90.05262Click on link to see Google Map


Ely, MN

August 21, 2020 to August 27, 2020
Activity Ideas

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.

Parking Location

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.

Directions and Other Information

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.

GPS Coordinates

N47.94662,W91.72732Click on link to see Google Map


Cass Lake, MN

August 27, 2020 to September 1, 2020
Activity Ideas

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.

Parking Location

Cedar Lakes Casino, 6268 Upper Cass Frontage Rd. NW, Cass Lake, MN

Directions and Other Information

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.

GPS Coordinates

N47.38362,W94.61565Click on link to see Google Map


Goodridge, MN

September 1, 2020 to September 6, 2020
Hosts

Jim Dahlen 218-689-6223

Activity Ideas

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.

Parking Location

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

Directions and Other Information

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.

GPS Coordinates

N48.14316,W95.80579Click on link to see Google Map


Carlos, MN

September 6, 2020 to September 11, 2020
Hosts

Tom Wiering 320-304-2533

Activity Ideas

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.

Parking Location

Tom Wiering’s Place, 3259 Buckskin Rd NE, Carlos, MN. Weather permitting, Toms’ property can accommodate 15 to 22 RVs.

Directions and Other Information

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.

GPS Coordinates

N46.009453,W95.327734Click on link to see Google Map