2018 Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota Circuit
Coordinator: Donna Backus (734) 476-3788
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.
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.
Airport, 111 Airport Dr, Harlevoix, MI
From US31, turn L onto Airport Dr, then turn L into parking lot. We will be in the back behind the parking lot. $20 for the 6 days. No facilities.
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Arlene Teague 828 443-0279
Travel across the beautiful Mackinac Bridge to St. Ignace 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. Drive over the famous bridge to 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.
Mackinaw City Campground, 13496 Mackinaw Hwy, Mackinaw City, MI
From US 31N, turn L onto Mackinaw Hwy, go approximately one mile and the campground will be on the right. Rate is $20/night. E&W available, but depending on the number on the circuit, some may need to dry camp. Dump and vault toilets available.
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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
From Alpena, head south on US-23, campground will be on the right . $10 dry camp, $20 FHU, Bathroom and showers available and Pavilion. Dump available
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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.
Moose Lodge, 543 Trunk Rd, Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada
From the SSM International Bridge, turn left onto Huron St, immediately turn right onto Albert St W, at 1.3 mi take slight left onto East St, Use right 2 lanes to turn slightly right onto Wellington St E, at 1.1 mi keep left to continue on Trunk Rd, Moose Lodge is on the right in 1.4 miles. Dry Camp; water available at lodge, no dump. PASSORT REQUIRED
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Visit the Midwest’s largest waterfall, an impressive sight to see and it’s surrounded by a terrific trail system, has paddling and fishing opportunities at the lower falls, there is even a brewpub on site. Tour the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum including Whitefish Point Lighthouse.
Tahquamenon Lower Falls Hemlock CG, Tahquamenon Falls State Park, 6999 N Lower Falls Campground Lane, Paradise, MI
From I-75, take exit 386 for M-28 toward Newberry/Munising, turn right onto M-28 W, go 30 mi, turn right onto M-123 N, go 22 mi, turn left onto M-123 S, after 10 mi, turn left toward N Lower Campground Lane then turn left onto N Lower Campground Lane. $25 (50A), $23 (20/30A). Reservations are encouraged, 1-800-447-2757.
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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.
Ojibwa Casino, 105 Acre Trail, Marquette, MI or possibly the Fairgrounds.
From Marquette go east 11 miles on SR 28. Watch for sign to turn right on Kawbawgam Avenue to Ojibwa Casino. $20/night.
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Co-Host Jack Forslund 906 364-5872
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
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, call 906 482-2720 before May 15th or 906 482-7413 after May 15th. $22/day for electric. Restrooms, showers and laundry available.
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Jack Forslund 906 364-5872
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 906 229-5131 Ext 1002 prior to Memorial Day, afterwards call Camp Host at 906 224-4481. Jack has worked with the Camp Host to pencil in reservations for our group, some of which are on the water. Please mention the WIN name when you call for reservations so the host will know to use the sites they have designated for us. Jack is also available to help with reservations if needed.
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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
Dalrymple City Park, 86070 State Hwy 13, Bayfield, WI
From State Hwy 13N turn right onto Rittenhouse Ave, go .4 mi, turn left onto 1st St, go .5 mi and arrive at Dalrymple Park and Campground. $25/day, electrical hookups, no reservations. Vault toilets, showers available at the Bayfield Recreation Facility at 140 S. Broad St. for a fee. Dump at 85025 Old San Rd, Call 715 779-3823 for an appointment M-F from 9 to 2.
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Deannie Benge (972) 989-2139
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)
Moose Lodge, 66 E 5th St, Superior, WI
From US-53N, turn left onto US-2W, go .3 mi turn right onto E 5th St, go .1 mi and arrive at Moose Lodge. Donation.
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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 or possibly dry camping at the Court House.
Turn left into SP from MN 61. Reservations are recommended, rates vary from $15 to $23.
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Deannie Benge (972) 989-2139
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
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.
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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.
Chippewa/Norway Beach Loop, Cass Lake, MN
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.
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Jim Dahlen 218-416-0203
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.
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.
Tom Wiering's Place, 3259 Buckskin Rd NE, Carlos, MI
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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