Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota Circuit

2018 Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota Circuit

 

 

2018 Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota Circuit

Coordinator:  Donna Backus (734) 476-3788

Donnab5568@gmail.com

 

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 hiking, kayaking, exploring and sightseeing. 

 


GRAND MARIAS, MN (Parking Location Change)

August 16, 2018 to August 21, 2018
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

Parking lot across the street from the Court House, 411 W Second St, Grand Marais, MN. Host will contact Julie in Administration upon arrival, (218) 387-3000. Use 201 5th Ave, Grand Marais for directions.

Directions and Other Information

From MN-61N, Turn left onto 5th Avenue W, parking lot will be on the left
across from the Court House. Fee or donation may be required.

GPS Coordinates

N47.7529, W90.34033Click on link to see Google Map


ELY, MN (Date Change)

August 21, 2018 to August 27, 2018
Hosts

Deannie Benge (972) 989-2139

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

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: $18 / night (Golden Age: $10.50). Water and dump on site. Modern restrooms with showers.

GPS Coordinates

N47.951193, W91.721581Click on link to see Google Map

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CASS LAKE, MN (Date Change)

August 27, 2018 to September 1, 2018
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

Chippewa/Norway Beach Loop, Cass Lake, MN

Directions and Other Information

Take US 2, east for 3.4 miles from Cass Lake, Minnesota, to the Norway Beach Recreation area. Turn left and travel 1.1 miles to Campground road and follow the signs to Chippewa Loop. $21/ night. Electric sites – water and dump available in park. Restrooms with showers available.

GPS Coordinates

N47.37858, W94.52139Click on link to see Google Map

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GOODRIDGE, MN (Date Change)

September 1, 2018 to September 6, 2018
Hosts

Jim Dahlen 218-416-0203

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.

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, W9580579Click on link to see Google Map

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CARLOS, MN (Date Change)

September 6, 2018 to September 11, 2018
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.

Parking Location

Tom Wiering’s Place, 3259 Buckskin Rd NE, Carlos, MI

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

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