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Old 01-10-2013, 05:45 PM   #1
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Hi everyone!
It's getting to be that time! We're headed back to Michigan, Upper Peninsula this time. We have 9 nights and we're thinking about splitting them between Brimley and Muskallonge Lake State Parks. I've heard of Brimely, but nothing about Muskallonge. Has anyone been there or any other suggestions for CG's in Upper Peninsula?

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Kim, I have not done Brimley or Muskallonge yet but I have neighbors that go to Brimley twice a year and love it. I think they go for the gambling as there is a really nice casino resort there. I go to Porcupine SP on the far west side of the UP every year with the family and love it. Stay at the Union Bay loop which is the modern side. We hike, bike and cool off in Lake Superior which the SP borders. You have to do it at least once. No chance you are near Greenville, OH are you ??? I was just there on business. Hope this helps somewhat.
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Kim, as we are too new to camping in an RV, I have yet to camp in any CG in the UP. We have driven through a couple to check them out for future trips. Straits SP is nice, with lots of mature trees and incredible views of the Mackinac Bridge. It is literally less than 3 minutes from the Bridge. Tahquemenon SP is also very nice, with many camp sites along the river, although I'm not sure if there any views of the falls from camp. Friends have said that Brimley is nice, too. And I haven't heard anything bad about the Union Bay CG within the Porcupine Mountains SP. All come highly recommended, and all of them are on our list of places to camp... Hey, it's northern Michigan, you can't go wrong!!! Happy Camping!!
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Kim, I have not done Brimley or Muskallonge yet but I have neighbors that go to Brimley twice a year and love it. I think they go for the gambling as there is a really nice casino resort there. I go to Porcupine SP on the far west side of the UP every year with the family and love it. Stay at the Union Bay loop which is the modern side. We hike, bike and cool off in Lake Superior which the SP borders. You have to do it at least once. No chance you are near Greenville, OH are you ??? I was just there on business. Hope this helps somewhat.
Wolverine,
We are 70 miles south of Greenville, home of the famous Kitchen-Aid mixer! Whew! We do have a lot to think about and may have to make decision based on availability. I remember how difficult it was for us to get spots at Platte River and Ludington last year. I ended up getting them, but had to check daily and we had to switch sites every 2 days.
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Kim,

Platter River is awesome. They have a list of rules as long as my arm but it was absolutely worth it.

While I was heading out north of Greenville I got to see Annie Oakley's grave site. Had no idea she was buried
In Ohio of all places. Interesting part of the world for sure. Happy camping in Michigan !!
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As pm1stnau says "Hey, it's northern Michigan, you can't go wrong!!!". IMO, that's 100% correct. I think the UP is one of the most desirable places you can visit - in the summer after fly season. It's all rugged country with no big cities, which is appealing to us. Also, Michigan does a great job of maintaining its state parks (clean and in good repair) and really treats tourists like they appreciate the business. Check out Michigan's SP website (you probably already have) and you will find plenty of great places and attractions.

A great trip if you have the time is going across on the southern or northern main route, and then returning on the other. We like to camp on Lake Gogebic on the west side because we like to fish there, and it's relatively close to Black River Falls (excellent day trip) and Lake-In-The-Clouds. It's a lake left behind by a melted glacier that was trapped in the Porcupine Mountains.

If you go to the east side, Tahquamenon Falls is not-to-be-missed. We camp at the Lower Falls CG because it centrally located, but in season it usually gets full. The River Mouth CG is much quieter, but farther removed. If your near Tahauamenon Falls, Whitefish Point is close. If you go there, you travel through Paradise, MI, and that's where Brown's Fish House is located. Brown's is a small family restaurant that's outstanding. We have never been to the locks at Sioux, but that's something we plan to do next trip.

Another place we really liked was Kitchitikipi near Palms-Book SP (south-central). Kitchitikipi is a Native American word for big spring. It has to be seen to be appreciated.

Kim, I'm glad you asked about the UP. Answering your post has got me excited to plan another trip there.
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Do you work in the tourist office here in Michigan???? You got me excited to go again and I live here!!



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As pm1stnau says "Hey, it's northern Michigan, you can't go wrong!!!". IMO, that's 100% correct. I think the UP is one of the most desirable places you can visit - in the summer after fly season. It's all rugged country with no big cities, which is appealing to us. Also, Michigan does a great job of maintaining its state parks (clean and in good repair) and really treats tourists like they appreciate the business. Check out Michigan's SP website (you probably already have) and you will find plenty of great places and attractions.

A great trip if you have the time is going across on the southern or northern main route, and then returning on the other. We like to camp on Lake Gogebic on the west side because we like to fish there, and it's relatively close to Black River Falls (excellent day trip) and Lake-In-The-Clouds. It's a lake left behind by a melted glacier that was trapped in the Porcupine Mountains.

If you go to the east side, Tahquamenon Falls is not-to-be-missed. We camp at the Lower Falls CG because it centrally located, but in season it usually gets full. The River Mouth CG is much quieter, but farther removed. If your near Tahauamenon Falls, Whitefish Point is close. If you go there, you travel through Paradise, MI, and that's where Brown's Fish House is located. Brown's is a small family restaurant that's outstanding. We have never been to the locks at Sioux, but that's something we plan to do next trip.

Another place we really liked was Kitchitikipi near Palms-Book SP (south-central). Kitchitikipi is a Native American word for big spring. It has to be seen to be appreciated.

Kim, I'm glad you asked about the UP. Answering your post has got me excited to plan another trip there.
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Wolverine, I don't live or work in Michigan, but I know when I've had a good trip! And they have all been good enough to make me want to go again.

This year Yellowstone NP and the Grand Tetons have our attention, so Michigan will have to wait awhile. I checked the weather in Jackson Hole before logging in here. It was -8 F (-22 C), so I'm glad we're not there now.

Anyway, I'm happy for you being a Michigan resident. That is really a plus being near to all those natural attractions.
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OnTheGo, I saw you were from Ohio so I thought I would tease you a bit. I am very lucky to have a great SP system in my own backyard. I am originaly from extreme northern Michigan and
ended up moving closer to civilization because by job requires me to be closer to an airport....I travel a lot !!! So camping was a way for me to get back to my roots and teach my boys that life isn't all about concrete and bright lights.

Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons sound tremendous.....just not now LOL.....I agree. I am planning on extending my Michigan SP travels this year and will always be glad to clue you in on the next hotspot I find.

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Wolverine, I don't live or work in Michigan, but I know when I've had a good trip! And they have all been good enough to make me want to go again.

This year Yellowstone NP and the Grand Tetons have our attention, so Michigan will have to wait awhile. I checked the weather in Jackson Hole before logging in here. It was -8 F (-22 C), so I'm glad we're not there now.

Anyway, I'm happy for you being a Michigan resident. That is really a plus being near to all those natural attractions.
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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.
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