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Northern Michigan RV trip

BigLarShreve
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Planning our first RV trip to northern Michigan next year from Louisiana. (late May..early June) Anyone have suggestions on RV parks, routes, etc. around Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, (possibly at Munising) then on to Mackinac Island area, then down to Traverse City. Planning to spend several days in each those areas and want to make the best of it. I'm all about the scenery and RV parks that provide full hookups. Pulling 33' Cardinal 5th wheel. Appreciate all advice and suggestions.
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dodge_guy
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nickthehunter wrote:
Seeing as this post is 5 years old, I think the OP has already figured out what he needs to do.


Maybe? Some people like to plan far in advance!

BTW, it’s almost 10 years old! :E
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nickthehunter
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Seeing as this post is 5 years old, I think the OP has already figured out what he needs to do.

tewitt1949
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Bring lots of bug spray. Black flies will bite and then carry you away.
Terry Witt

prfssr
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welove2drive wrote:
We did this trip at the end of July. Bugs were not a problem. Weather was nice but cool. I wore jeans all week. We liked Munising Tourist Park. I wish they didn't have so many lights at night. We did the Pictured Rock boat tour. Sit on the right side so you see the rocks going out. The falls tour uses the Catamaran, larger nice boat. We stayed at Indigo Bluffs. The RV park side is really nice but very pricey. The campground is nice but most sites are sandy and four sites share utilty post with 4 water/power. Bring extra hose and power cord for this trip! There are web sites to monitor favorable conditions for northern lights. Have fun planning!
Marcia


We are looking at Indigo Bluffs for 2019 mid-July. We are concerned at the CG side but should be doable but may splurge and stay on the RV side - live it up a little.
Thanks for your experience and will look at the tours.

Mark

loggenrock
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Agree with recommendation for Munising Tourist Park CG. We also like the Bay Mills Casino RV Park in Brimley - does has FHU sites.
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loggenrock
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Agree with recommendation for Munising Tourist Park CG. We also like the Bay Mills Casino RV Park in Brimley - does has FHU sites.
Two and a hound in a 2015 Coachmen Prism "B+"...pushed by '09 Suby Forester
First 50 done, working on the second pass! Nunavut - we'll see...!
2005-2015 Roadtrek 190P
1993-2005 Northstar Soft-Side TC
1989-1993 Backpacks & Tents!
1967-1977 Family TT's

2gypsies1
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Addy15 wrote:
2gypsies wrote:
I think the OP left us... haven't heard from him in two months. Probably got enough recommendations.


The original post is from five years ago...Sept 2013...

Nice to see some of the suggestions, though, for those of us who are currently planning Michigan trips...


Whoa! 2013? I need to read more closely. I think he made his trip already. 🙂
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Addy15
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2gypsies wrote:
I think the OP left us... haven't heard from him in two months. Probably got enough recommendations.


The original post is from five years ago...Sept 2013...

Nice to see some of the suggestions, though, for those of us who are currently planning Michigan trips...

2gypsies1
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I think the OP left us... haven't heard from him in two months. Probably got enough recommendations.
Full-Timed for 16 Years
.... Back in S&B Again
Traveled 8 yr in a 40' 2004 Newmar Dutch Star Motorhome
& 8 yr in a 33' Travel Supreme 5th Wheel

welove2drive
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Explorer
We did this trip at the end of July. Bugs were not a problem. Weather was nice but cool. I wore jeans all week. We liked Munising Tourist Park. I wish they didn't have so many lights at night. We did the Pictured Rock boat tour. Sit on the right side so you see the rocks going out. The falls tour uses the Catamaran, larger nice boat. We stayed at Indigo Bluffs. The RV park side is really nice but very pricey. The campground is nice but most sites are sandy and four sites share utilty post with 4 water/power. Bring extra hose and power cord for this trip! There are web sites to monitor favorable conditions for northern lights. Have fun planning!
Marcia
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bid_time
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tewitt1949 wrote:
You may want to google bugs in the U.P. Summer months the black flys will carry you away. Check you tube for videos.
late May/early June is about the worse time for bugs in the UP. Better off delaying a month.

ken56
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On your way up if you take I-75 stop in Frankenmuth. Go to Zender's bakery for some wonderful goodies. Great place for lunch too, or a good chicken dinner if you stay in the area. Campgrounds close by too. Traverse City, rethinking staying outside the area is good. Its just a big city today. The Leelanau Peninsula is a better choice plus you are in Michigan wine country. A few nice CG's there too. Stay in an area a few days at a time and use it as a base, there is plenty to see. The ship wreck museum at Whitefish Point is not to be missed. Mackinac Island is unique.

doxiemom11
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Don't forget the beautiful waterfalls scattered all over the UP. We had a book of county maps that had them marked. We stayed in Munising for a week and did day trips from there to see many of them. Next time we stayed 3 weeks before going back to Grand Rapids where we lived. Never enough time in the U.P.

tewitt1949
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Explorer II
You may want to google bugs in the U.P. Summer months the black flys will carry you away. Check you tube for videos.
Terry Witt