Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 09-23-2018, 01:53 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Phat Steve's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Somerset NJ
Posts: 108
North Western Michigan

So I am starting to do my research on next years long haul. We are thinkin Northern Michigan along the coastline somewhere. We are looking for some wooded campgrounds with hiking and lake activities nearby. I figured this was the best place to put it out there to get some good info. Also wondering if there is anywhere in northern Michigan that anyone has seen the norther lights in the summer as I have heard this is possible. Any input to start my searching would be greatly appreciated. Pics too.

Thanks
__________________

Phat Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2018, 09:24 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Southern Illinois
Posts: 108
We just got back from a trip that circled Lake Michigan. The coastline is beautiful. While in the upper part of the lower peninsula, we stayed at Holiday Park Campground near Traverse City. I recommend it and would stay there again. From that base we explored the Leelanau Peninsula, Sleeping Bear Dunes, Old Mission Peninsula, and Mackinac Island. All places I recommend if in the area. Leaving MI we traveled through the Upper Peninsula into Wisconsin. We enjoyed WI but have never encountered mosquitos as bad as we did there.
__________________

__________________
Steve and Kim
Southern Illinois
2015 Sanibel Traveler 33RS
2011 F350 SRW Crew Cab
si camper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2018, 09:29 AM   #3
Denver To Yuma In 90 Days
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Yuma, Arizona
Posts: 1,872
Northwestern Michigan...

Are you talking the lower or upper peninsula?

These are like two different worlds!

__________________
JohnD
2015 Heartland Prowler P292 5'ver (SOB)
2015 Chevy 2500HD 6.0L Gasser w/4.10 rear axle

Just because someone has been "doing it for years with no problems" doesn't mean you should!
JohnD10 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2018, 09:33 AM   #4
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Posts: 34
I have seen northern lights from Lake Michigan beach near Wilderness State Park near Mackinaw City, but it's quite rare. You would have a better chance further north, perhaps on Lake Superior.
Tacky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2018, 09:36 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2014
Location: IL
Posts: 647
Hi,

Sleeping Bear Dunes is great, but reservations are tough.

In the UP, we like Tamaquenon SP and Ontanogan Township Park.

Hope this helps.

Rich Phillips
__________________
Rich Phillips
2009 K-2500 Duramax
2014 Silverback 33RL
richp is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2018, 10:11 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Waynesville
Posts: 13,805
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phat Steve View Post
So I am starting to do my research on next years long haul. We are thinkin Northern Michigan along the coastline somewhere. We are looking for some wooded campgrounds with hiking and lake activities nearby. I figured this was the best place to put it out there to get some good info. Also wondering if there is anywhere in northern Michigan that anyone has seen the norther lights in the summer as I have heard this is possible. Any input to start my searching would be greatly appreciated. Pics too.

Thanks
In regards to Northern Lights, your best bet would be "Copper Harbor at the top of Brockway Mountain, this is located in the "UP of Michigan, Keweenaw Peninsula and Lake Superior"! To find a Darker place you would need a Big Boat to be farther North on Lake Superior! You will need to also buy a Michigan Park Pass in order to even Visit/Use state parks,if your going to spend much time in parks Might be cheaper to buy Year Pass? The other thing is be aware how to "Play the Reservation Game " start reserving when they "Wave the Flag " or you will miss out! Youroo! !
__________________
youroo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-24-2018, 06:43 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Phat Steve's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Somerset NJ
Posts: 108
Thanks everyone. I was thinkin the northern part of the lower part of Michigan unless you think the upper part it that much better. Thanks again.
Phat Steve is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2018, 12:11 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Colorado
Posts: 359
We prefer the UP of Michigan and Lake Superior to Lake Michigan, but every RVer has different likes and dislikes. Too many cities on a circuit of Lake Michigan compared to a Lake Superior loop. We like more remote, less populated places when we travel.

We did a Lake Superior northwestern and southwestern shore trip in the fall of 2016 and we are going to do a complete circuit of the lake in late May-early June of 2019. We really like Copper Harbor and the shore of the Keweenaw Peninsula, but we still have yet to visit Isle Royale NP and Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. So those places and Sault Saint Marie are at the top of our to-do list next year.
__________________

"Retirement is the best job I ever had!"
2016 Rockwood Signature Ultra Lite 8244WS 5th Wheel; 2015 Ram 2500 4x4 CC-SB 6.7L CTD
Sold: 2012 Rockwood Mini Lite 2109S
fanrgs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2018, 12:45 PM   #9
Denver To Yuma In 90 Days
 
Join Date: Mar 2018
Location: Yuma, Arizona
Posts: 1,872
I liken the UP to be a lot like the Colorado mountains, even though there aren't any real mountains in the UP.

Copper Harbor is awesome.

Plus, the UP is loaded with waterfalls!

If you are in to boating or dirt biking/atv's, or just camping out in the woods...then definately the northern lower peninsula!
__________________
JohnD
2015 Heartland Prowler P292 5'ver (SOB)
2015 Chevy 2500HD 6.0L Gasser w/4.10 rear axle

Just because someone has been "doing it for years with no problems" doesn't mean you should!
JohnD10 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2018, 01:59 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
Jim34RL's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2015
Location: Oswego il
Posts: 1,410
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phat Steve View Post
So I am starting to do my research on next years long haul. We are thinkin Northern Michigan along the coastline somewhere. We are looking for some wooded campgrounds with hiking and lake activities nearby. I figured this was the best place to put it out there to get some good info. Also wondering if there is anywhere in northern Michigan that anyone has seen the norther lights in the summer as I have heard this is possible. Any input to start my searching would be greatly appreciated. Pics too.

Thanks
We stayed at Indigo Bluffs in Empire MI. This is right out side of Sleeping Bear Dunes and near Glen Harbor MI. The resort has two sides to stay in depending on trailer length and what amenities you want. The site cost are different depending on which side you pick.

I would use RV park reviews .Com for follow up on different camp grounds in the area around Traverse City MI. There are 23 different camp grounds in the area which offers different amenities that you may like.

Book early the campgrounds fill up very early for the summer months. When we go to MI., I usually book in Jan/Feb of that year we want to travel to MI.
__________________

__________________
Jim W.
2016 34RL CC; 2008 Ram Mega Cab 2500HD, 6.7L, 68RFE 6 speed, 4X4, Smarty S67, TDR 117K+miles
Jim34RL is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Forest River, Inc. or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:41 AM.