This circuit will launch in mid-July at Cass Lake, MN with lots of opportunities to kayak and enjoy the great outdoors. It will continue through the northern part of Minnesota and onto Wisconsin to explore the west shore of Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands. The circuit will then move into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to take advantage of the beautiful area bordering the southern shore of Lake Superior. Kayak, hike and/or tour the Keweenaq Peninsula, Pictured Rocks, Tahquamenon Falls, and the locks of Sault Ste Marie. The circuit then travels into lower Michigan to visit Mackinac Island, Petoskey, Traverse City and onto the east shore of Lake Michigan. The circuit ends in Elkhart, IN. in early October. There are gatherings that need reservations, so please make them as soon as possible. A circuit leader has not been identified, so if you are interest in leading the circuit or attending, please contact Arlene Teague at firstname.lastname@example.org or by text at 828 443-0279.
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.
Palace Casino, 16599 69th Ave NW, Cass Lake, MN
Turn Right onto Fall Lake Road, 1.8 miles; Turn Right onto Fernberg Trail for Service Hwy 6, 33miles; Straight to stay on MN 169 S, 17 miles; Keep Left at fork to US 53S, .8 miles; Merge onto US 53S, 4.2 miles; Right lane to US 169, Ramp to Hibbing, 112miles, Turn Right onto 69th Ave NW, 1.5miles; Arrive at Casino. Go into Casino to Players Club and register and put paperwork in RV dash or window. No charge for dry camping.
N47.40287,W94.65116 – Click on link to see Google Map
Visit the International Wolf Center that 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
From Ely, travel north and 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: $24 / night (Golden Age: $10.50). Water and dump on site. Modern restrooms with showers. Reservations are available for some sites, first come, first serve sites also available.
N47.95265,W91.71741 – Click on link to see Google Map
Gunflint Trail; Fishing; Isle Royale National Park – boat trip if Lake Superior water levels high enough; Possible Kayaking near Lake Superior shore, Kayaking in local lakes; Biking; Hiking; Golf (9 hole). Waterfall tour along the shore of Lake Superior.
Devil Track Lake CG, Superior National Forest, Devil Track Rd, Grand Marias, MN
12 miles north of Grand Marias on Devil Track Rd. Fee is $16, Sr Pass is $8. No reservations, first come, first served.
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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)
Head of the Lakes 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, $15 for drycamping, $20 for electric hookups. Water and dump available. Contact for camping – Joe at 218 349-7367
N46.68206,W92.10263 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
Hike the Lakeshore Trail from Meyers Beach parking area on the west side of the peninsula.
Kreher RV Park, 200 Prentice Ave N., Ashland, WI
Use GPS Coordinates. From Hwy 2, take a left onto Prentice Ave N, go 3 blocks and entrance to CG will be on the right. First come, first serve. $35/night for E/W, dump available.
N46.59565,W90.88167 – Click on link to see Google Map
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. Fish fry at the VFW and Pizza at Ore House
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 WandE and $125/week (7 days for the price of 5). Reservations are recommended, call Camp Host at 906 224-4481
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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 Sheldons Bakery for an old miners 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 areas 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
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 recommended, use online system cityofhancock.com/recreation-beach-campground.php $22/day for electric. Restrooms, showers and laundry available.
N47.131013,W88.615784 – Click on link to see Google Map
Bike or walk in Presque Isle Park, enjoy ice cream at Jilberts Dairy, tour pit mine and processing factory, and watch taconite being loaded into ocean liners. Great kayaking in nearby lakes and rivers, waterfalls, bike or backpack on Grand Island.
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. The Marquette County Fairgrounds. $25 for Dry camping could be optional parking.
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Boat tour or kayak the Pictured Rocks, hiking in the Pictured Rock Lakeshore NP, visit Munising Falls Visitor Center and hike to the falls.
Kewadin Casino, N7761 Candy Cane Lane, Christmas, MI 49862
$15 per night.
N46.43728,W86.70674 – Click on link to see Google Map
Hike the Tahquamenon Falls SP
Tahquamenon Falls SP, 41382 W M-123, Paradise, MI
$28 per night. Reservations online are needed. https://midnrreservations.com/
There may be some free dry camping nearby at 46.641756, -85.128105, someone would need to scout this location to see if it is suitable.
N46.61051,W85.20643 – Click on link to see Google Map
Tour Locks, hike Voyageur Trail, Geocache, explore St. Joseph Island, Bushplane Museum, guided museum tour. 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
$22 per night. If the Canadian Border is open, alternative parking at the Moose Lodge.
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Travel across the beautiful Mackinac Bridge to Mackinaw City and to the historic Mackinac Island. There is a boat trip to the island and biking on the eight-mile loop on the only state highway in the United States with no vehicular traffic, or explore the interior on foot. Sample the famous Mackinac fudge and admire the horse drawn carriages. Visit Mill Creek Discovery Park. View a demonstration of a recreated saw mill from the 1700s take a ride down the zip line or try out the climbing wall. Kayak the Carp River.
N45.92005,W84.73385 – Click on link to see Google Map
Walk the beach at Fishermans 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. Drive to Charlevoix to 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. Search on the beaches in Petoskey for rock (fossilized coral) hunting. Bike the Little Traverse Wheelway from Petoskey to Charlevoix
Odawa Casino, 1760 Lears Rd. Petoskey, MI 49770 Free. Dry Camping.
Use address or GPS. No charge for dry camping.
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Bike the Leelanau Trail up to Suttons Bay and/or the Traverse Area Recreation Trail in Traverse City. Tour the wineries and farms on the peninsula up to the Mission Point Lighthouse.
Turtle Creek Casino, 7741 M-72, Williamsburg, MI 49690
Dry Camping, need to check-in at the Casino
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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore offers miles of sandy beaches, bluffs that tower 450ft. above Lake Michigan, lush forests, clear inland lakes and unique flora and fauna. Hike the myriad of trails, enjoy nature and the breathtaking views or go bird watching. Nearby Glen Arbor offers unique shopping and art galleries.
David Henry Day Campground, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, 9922 Front Street, Empire, MI. NOTE: Parking is in Empire, MI
From M-22, turn left onto M-109 N, turn right to stay on M-109 N, go 5 miles and turn left onto DH Day Campground. $20/night dry camp, Sr. Pass discount for $10/night. Dump and water available at the park.
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Bike along Lake Michigan shore and into town. Visit Big Sable Point Lighthouse. Visit Ludington State Park for to explore the sand dunes, hike, bike and kayak. Several opportunities for sailing or fishing tours. If you are in need of a kayak or gear, visit the Paddle Sports Factory Outlet in nearby Scottville.
Mason County Fairgrounds, 5302 US-10, Ludington, MI 49431
Follow Address or GPS. Campers use the Meyers Rd Entrance. Call into Fairground for rates.
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Bike the Kent Trails. Take in a walk through the Federik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park. Tour the Gerald R. Ford Museum and the GR Public Museum. Take a 5 hour tour of 4 Breweries in GR. ArtPrize will be ongoing – includes hundreds of artworks from around the globe in the downtown area.
Wyoming Moose Lodge, 2630 Burlingame Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
Use address or GPS. Confirm availability for parking as the lot is not very large. Donations.
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There are several RV manufacturers in Elkhart, along with the RV/MH Hall of Fame. Elkhart also has several other noteworthy museums, including the National New York Central Railroad Museum and the Hall of Heroes. A visit to Pete?s Simonton Lake Tavern is also a must. Bike the Pumpkin Vine Trail to Shipshewana and visit the Flea Market there.
Moose Lodge, 1500 CR 6 West, Elkhart, IN
From IN-331 N, turn right onto Douglas Rd, go 1.4 mi and turn left onto Bittersweet Rd, go 1 mi and at the traffic circle that the 1st exit onto CR 6, go 3 mi and the Lodge will be on the left. No hookups or dump available.
N41.72531,W86.00538 – Click on link to see Google Map