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.
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 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.
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.
N47.7529, W90.34033 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
N47.951193, W91.721581 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
N47.37858, W94.52139 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
N48.14316, W9580579 – Click on link to see Google Map
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.
N46.009453 W95.327734 – Click on link to see Google Map