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Old 10-10-2021, 04:06 PM   #1
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, U.P.

We're planning for next summer. Last summer we did not get far enough east to catch Pictured Rocks, we plan on correcting that this year.

So far we've booked a week in Door County, Wisconsin in late June, and a week in Hayward, Wisconsin a couple weeks after that. In between we are planning on the Upper Peninsula beginning July 1 to the 9th or 10th. Two locations would be prefered perhaps the east and west ends of the park.

We would prefer off grid and near Lake Superior. We're looking at Bay Furnace and wondering if it typically fills up and looking at suggestions for plans B, C, and D. I remember when the stress of getting reservations didn't fill my winter.
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I was trying to get a spot right in Marquette a couple of weekends ago and had no luck. That was last minute but I figured the season was over. Wrong. Stayed outside of town. The UP is lovely this time of year.
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We're planning for next summer. Last summer we did not get far enough east to catch Pictured Rocks, we plan on correcting that this year.

So far we've booked a week in Door County, Wisconsin in late June, and a week in Hayward, Wisconsin a couple weeks after that. In between we are planning on the Upper Peninsula beginning July 1 to the 9th or 10th. Two locations would be prefered perhaps the east and west ends of the park.

We would prefer off grid and near Lake Superior. We're looking at Bay Furnace and wondering if it typically fills up and looking at suggestions for plans B, C, and D. I remember when the stress of getting reservations didn't fill my winter.

Bay furnace will most likely be booked that time of year, and also anything popular in a good location. There is a small casino across the road (Kewadin Christmas) that has a few rv sites with electrical plugs and is rather cheap. Probably even an overnite in just their parking lot would work. The following aren't off grid. Tourist park in Munising has lake Superior front lots and a nice beach but again will need reservations. Can't recommend anything on the east end other than a RV park right in Grand Marais that most likely will need reservations also. Off grid, look into state and national forest campsites. Not sure but I think some are first come, first served.

https://www.fs.usda.gov/activity/hia...13267&actid=29
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Thank you. We've already set reminders for exactly 6 months prior to get reservations. Someone is able to book.
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Bay Furnace is a nice campground. If you're feeling lucky, they have some first come first served sites.

In addition to the Forest Service website recommended by ARoamer, try these if you haven't already:

https://www.recreation.gov/

https://www2.dnr.state.mi.us/parksan...t.aspx#map-tab

The Michigan DNR site isn't working today but I've used it a lot to find Michigan State Park and State Forest campgrounds.
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We got into our fourth choice site at Bay Furnace. We could have gotten into our second choice if we booked two days ago and just left it empty for two nights. The extra $20 would have been worth it but it kind of goes against my sense of fairness. I miss the days when I would not have stressed about the reservation. I would not have set a reminder fifteen minutes before the first chance for a reservation or even just took a chance at FCFS.

Now to find something on the east side of the PRNS for a few nights.
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We got into our fourth choice site at Bay Furnace.....snip
Just curious, what site number did you book?

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26. We already had eliminated those that weren't going to be available.
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26. We already had eliminated those that weren't going to be available.
I've camped at Bay Furnace a couple of times, but not familiar with site #26. As mentioned it's a nice campground......, and great location.

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I've camped at Bay Furnace a couple of times, but not familiar with site #26. As mentioned it's a nice campground......, and great location.

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It in the upper loop across from the bathrooms. From there we’re heading to JoeIda Campground. We have most of the trip booked now.
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snip....... From there we’re heading to JoeIda Campground.....snip
Interesting find......., let use know what you thought of the campsites and amenities when you return from your trip.

Joeida Campground: https://joeidacampground.com

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So far it's been very favorable. The owners communicate quickly for what I believe is their off season.
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This may have some info more for sight seeing than camping. More of a tour around Lake Michigan.
https://lakemichigancircletour.com/
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Looking at routes from Door County to Munising, Michigan. The direct route from Rapid River seems to be 41 North. But I'm always looking for a scenic ride. Is H13 through Hiawatha National Park a good road? I'm avoiding H5 because it's unpaved.
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snip....... Is H13 through Hiawatha National Park a good road?....snip
H13 is paved and there are a number of National Forest campgrounds along the way. If my memory serves me there were a couple wash-board sections of pavement but not a show stopper (fine for towing)........, a few years ago.

Here you go..........,



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Thank you. We're staying at Bay Furnace so not needing a campsite but thank you for thinking of that.
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