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Old 11-27-2015, 06:48 PM   #1
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More Michigan Help.. Mackinac Island.

So this is a follow up and or addition to our planned trip to MI this summer... Original Thread:
Thoughts on the St Clarie, MI area??

So I am thinking we are going to make our trip out to St Claire a bit more. We are only a few hours from Mackinac Island when in MI so we are going to start out there and maybe spend a few days around here before heading back East to St Claire. We are going to stay at the KOA in Mackinaw City. Is two days enough to get a feel for the island and area or should we spend a few more days? We have a 3 year old so we are not going to be doing tours of all the art galleries... But we have always wanted to visit the island and my parents pushed us to just do it when out there. thanks!
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We stayed at the Mackinaw City KOA and liked it. We spent 4 nights and could/should have stayed longer. We went to the island one day, spent a day seeing the sights around Mackinaw City (light house, fort, museum), then spend a day going through the Sue Saint Marie locks. There were several other sights we would have visited if we had another day or two.

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Did you all just visit the locks or take a tour? The DW saw a boat tour where they take you through the locks.

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Did you all just visit the locks or take a tour? The DW saw a boat tour where they take you through the locks.

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We took the tour. The good news was it was very scenic and informative. They also provide a kennel for your dog.

Our one hour tour took 5 ot 6 hours because the locks were VERY busy. Still, they kept the boat moving and we probably saw a lot more than the standard tour.

We also took our dog to Mackinac Island. She even got to ride on the carriage tour.
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The locks boat tour is worth the $$$. But you can see the locks very well for free. There is also a city owned RV park just east of the locks. From your RV you can watch the ships go in and out of the locks.

I'd say one day on the island. Another day in town and one day at the locks.

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The locks boat tour is worth the $$$. But you can see the locks very well for free. There is also a city owned RV park just east of the locks. From your RV you can watch the ships go in and out of the locks.

I'd say one day on the island. Another day in town and one day at the locks.

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Now that is cool.. Is it full hookups and was it loud? IE: dp they blast the horns all night long! LOL
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At least three days in Mackinaw and another day at the Soo Locks and maybe another day for Tahquamenon Falls, there is a State Park at Tahquamenon.
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Now that is cool.. Is it full hookups and was it loud? IE: dp they blast the horns all night long! LOL

It is full hook ups. I don't remember any horns. These ore boats are 1000' long. huge!! You can see them coming toward the locks-you can then drive up to the locks and watch them go thru.

At the locks they have a big screen that shows all the boats in the Great Lakes. I think there are like 13 or so ore ships that are in the 1000' range. All of them were built in the Great Lakes someplace. They are too big to get out to the Atlantic. So they just run around in the Great Lakes.

At the RV park there is an older gentleman that stays there all summer. Right on the water. He knows every boat by name and had a story on each. Was a cool guy. I look up name of the park and repost it. Ann something.

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Here is info on the Rv park

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We were just looking at it. Is it usually packed? We were looking in the July time frame (4th weekend possibly).
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