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Old 01-12-2013, 12:45 PM   #11
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Wolverine: My hubby loved the idea of Porcupine SP. I hadn't considered going that far west of UP because that does change our driving time by another 100 miles, or so, but we're hoping to stay put at one CG once we get there. We're looking at 9 nights. My question (and don't laugh!): Is there enough there (and short drives around) to keep us busy? We love to hike, bike and are pretty adventurous, but only plan daily hike trips. We will do minimal fishing as hubby can't keep still! Question 2: Is there good swimming there? I have a 6 yr old daughter that LOVES the beach (and sand!).

OntheGo: Thanks for advice on Lake Gogebic! Even though we won't do a lot of fishing, how is the beach/swimming there, in case we do decide to split up our CG stays? Hiking and biking assessable? Also, since you're in our are of SW Ohio, you could give us advice on the drive. How bad is it?! Did you do all in one day? We are making this trip in August before school begins again. I want to book 6 mos ahead and hope I don't have trouble like last year.

I've been intrigued with MI State Parks for awhile and even bought a book! We absolutely loved our trip up Lake Michigan side last year and made an impromptu stay at Charles Mears SP on way back and thought that was a hidden gem. We all agreed that was one of our favs. The beach was incredible! The kids even braved Lake Michigan. If we didn't know any better, we would of thought we were on a beach on the ocean! But, our visits to Mears, Platte River, and Ludington will always be thought of fondly.
CruizinKim, I don't mean to interrupt as I know you posed a question to Wolverine, but if I may interject with some information, I may be able to help. As far as beaches along Lake Superior, yes there are some, but be warned: The waters of Lake Superior actually cool the air around it, as opposed to any other body of water in the world where the air actually warms the temperature of the water. Confused? In simpler terms, Lake Superior never gets warm enough to swim in--period. I can tell you from experience that in August of 2011, after almost 4 months of continuously hot weather, I ran into Lake Superior near the city of Munising (absolutely gorgeous, BTW!) and by the time I was in water knee-deep, my legs were already numb. Not to scare you off, but if you have kids, they may not like the cold water. There are still many beautiful waterfalls, lighthouses, wildlife, sunsets, and if you stay anywhere near Munising, the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Look it up on Google--and it's way better in real life!! I think there are plenty of activities to keep your family busy and entertained, I just wouldn't count on swimming in Gitchee Gumee to be on your list. As a resident of Michigan also, I would like to thank you for your continued patronage to my state; we do appreciate the tourism business that folks like you provide. Happy Camping!!
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:04 PM   #12
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Thanks pm1stnau! No problem! Love the advice! That's good to know. I certainly could care less about the swimming part, but the 6 year loves the water and if there's a lake nearby that does offer swimming, that would certainly work. She'd be happy with that! She would be happy just to have a nice sandy spot to play in. We have a lot of camping scheduled this summer that involves ALOT of swimming/boating/tubing so she will not be lacking. I'm just grateful that she and my teenage boys love the outdoors and have no trouble keeping up with us!! Plus, it probably did help that we didn't give them any other option!
I've read a lot about 'Pictured Rocks' and did want to visit that is why we originally decided on Muskallonge Lake SP because it was so close and would want to spend more than a day visiting it, along with Hiawatha Nat'l Forest (any advice on that?). It does sound like our best bet is to split up on CG visits to get to see the "best of the best." Porcupine SP does sound intriguing and worth a visit, also. Ugh! This is very difficult!
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Kim, Swimming in Lake Superior is described well in the above post. It is done, but don't count on it. There have been times I could go in the water, but I have also experienced leg cramps from being in knee-deep. Some (not many) of the inland lakes have a beach. Lake Gogebic has a small one in the SP. They are all something like the beach at Hueston Woods - not as big, and IMO, not as nice. We do use and enjoy them. I think swimming is not the main focus because the season is so short.

Hiking and biking: you will get your fill and enjoy all of it. Hiking is reason enough to make the trip.

We stayed at Cheboygan SP the first night out. It's about 525 miles from Cincinnati, and 15 miles southeast of the bridge. I don't remember what time we left home, but we got there late afternoon or early evening. Of course everyone has different travel habits. Next time I'll make a reservation at Straits SP on the north side of the bridge. We checked it out on our return trip and really liked it. They have some waterfront sites with a view of the bridge.

August is an excellent time to go. IMO, the best if you not going for the fishing. And making your reservations early is a good idea.
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Old 01-12-2013, 04:06 PM   #14
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LOL, on swimming in Lake Superior !! It is a catch 22 on how hot it will be out and what the water temperature will be. We go in August which is the best time IMO.
It is like the fountain of youth, when you get out you feel like a completely different person. We stay for 1 week when we do go up there. We usually take a drive up to
the Keweenaw Peninsula which is absolutely beautiful. Houghton, Han**** and then up to Copper Harbor which is another SP that is a real hidden gem. Copper Harbor
SP is on our list but it is a trek. We go there to eat lunch, kayak, ride bikes etc. What a find !!! IMO you will have plenty to do other than just being at Porcupine.
I have two very young boys and they even love the trips we have taken up there. If you wanted too, do so many days at Porcupine and then head up to Copper Harbor
will you are there. You won't regret it.
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"I ran into Lake Superior near the city of Munising (absolutely gorgeous, BTW!) and by the time I was in water knee-deep, my legs were already numb."

pm1stnau, I bet your legs are still numb from that experience. I never tell people the water is cold. That is part of the joy I get when I am sitting in my
beach chair with a frosty beverage watching people dive in. :hihi:
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"I ran into Lake Superior near the city of Munising (absolutely gorgeous, BTW!) and by the time I was in water knee-deep, my legs were already numb."

pm1stnau, I bet your legs are still numb from that experience. I never tell people the water is cold. That is part of the joy I get when I am sitting in my
beach chair with a frosty beverage watching people dive in. :hihi:
Wolverine, usually I am the same way; I won't tell people how cold Lake Superior is--I let them find out the hard way, except this time, with CruizinKim, kids are involved. There isn't much worse than unhappy kids when you're on vacation. Man, that water is cold!!
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pm1stnau and Kim, forgive me for being insensitive to the fact kids are involved. I was directing this more toward adults which is still insensitive and hard to justify my response.
There is isn't a body of water in the great lakes state that is considered warm bath water so beware !!!
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pm1stnau and Kim, forgive me for being insensitive to the fact kids are involved. I was directing this more toward adults which is still insensitive and hard to justify my response.
There is isn't a body of water in the great lakes state that is considered warm bath water so beware !!!
No apologies needed for me, Wolverine!! I'm a prankster, through and through. I didn't find your comment insensitive in the least. It's almost impossible to offend me. being a fireman for as long as I have, I have conversations during dinner that would make maggots sick to their stomach. I just didn't want anyone from out-of-town to promise something to their kids on my recommendation only to find out it isn't/wasn't a good idea. Rest assured, sarcasm is more than just a hobby for me. Happy Camping!!
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We would get along really well then pm1stnau !!!


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No apologies needed for me, Wolverine!! I'm a prankster, through and through. I didn't find your comment insensitive in the least. It's almost impossible to offend me. being a fireman for as long as I have, I have conversations during dinner that would make maggots sick to their stomach. I just didn't want anyone from out-of-town to promise something to their kids on my recommendation only to find out it isn't/wasn't a good idea. Rest assured, sarcasm is more than just a hobby for me. Happy Camping!!
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I didn't find the remark insensitive either and I have kids! I would probably be sitting in my chair waiting for the prank to evolve! I'm good with the fact that there is not going to be any swimming. If I was really worried about it, I would find a CG that offered a pool. My daughter will have a summer full of swimming opportunities. I, and my hubby, are thrilled about the exploring opportunities. I'm looking forward to making some more memories with my children, especially my boys who will be 15 and 17 when we take this trip. College and new beginnings are not far off for them.
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