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Old 07-10-2016, 09:30 AM   #11
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If you stay on the UP side of the Big Mac you only Pay the Toll 2 times! It is easy to see/visit 3 Great Lakes in one Day,they are Totally different in lots of ways! Camping in the UP can Really be Camping! There is No Disney or Six Flags! Youroo!!
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Old 07-10-2016, 09:32 AM   #12
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You got that... We crossed twice, 16 total with just the truck. But I agree it is 100% different than the lower part.

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Old 07-10-2016, 12:55 PM   #13
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Is the KOA the best deal for staying near Mackinac Island?
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Next time you go, try Wilderness State Park, just West of Mackinaw right on the water. Much nicer campground. Bigger and more room. You will need to make reservations early however. It fills up quick!
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On my bucket list.
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Old 07-10-2016, 01:49 PM   #16
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Great write up. We were there last year and loved the island. Bikes are a must. Instead of coming back we looped around the top of Michigan and over to Wisconsin to Door County. What a beautiful ride.

Definitely plan on going back someday.
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Old 07-10-2016, 02:16 PM   #17
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Next time you go, try Wilderness State Park, just West of Mackinaw right on the water. Much nicer campground. Bigger and more room. You will need to make reservations early however. It fills up quick!
Are they dry or water, electric or some of the above?

I saw a sign for Mackinaw City campground which was 20 a day... Not sure the quality.

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Is the KOA the best deal for staying near Mackinac Island?
Not sure, picked it because we had some points from them. KOA was 45 for the none holidays and 50 for the 4th weekend.

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We did the trip in the fall of 2014. It was a great experience. Great write up.

We had our year old German Shepherd with us, she got to ride on the carriage with us for an extra $10.

We took the boat tour through the locks. The 1.5 hour tour took almost 6 because of heavy ship traffic. It was a fun, leisurely trip but don't pl a n your day too tightly. They had dog kennels with water to safely keep your pets during the tour. We ate at very unusual local restaurant a mile or so east of the tour dock that had an eclectic mix of animal heads and other "stuff". I don't remember the name but b the food and service were both good. Locals will definately be able to help you find it.

We also stayed at the Mackinaw KOA. We were going to stay at the one on the north side of the bridge but the sites didn't seem to be set up right and there was no one there to help us figure it out, so we kept going. The Mackinaw KOA was beautiful with the leaves turning.

We also enjoyed the lighthouses. The other major stop in Mackinaw City was the fort with its docents in historic dress and the firing of the canon.
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The eclectic restaurant in Sault Staint Marie is appropriately called Antlers. Another good restaurant there is Karl's Cuisine which has views of the freighters going through the locks. We stayed at the Mackinaw City Mill Creek campground in early June during the week of the lilac festival on Mackinac Island. The campground store had discount tickets for the Star Line ferry to the island and had a shuttle that picked up in the campground with a trailer to put bikes. We took the 9:00 am ferry which goes under the bridge for photo ops. We are headed to the UP tomorrow with campground reservations in Munising (Pictued Rocks), Copper Harbor, and Indian Lake.
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