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Old 04-25-2016, 09:28 PM   #1
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Hoping to find a full-hookup campground, perhaps not too far from the northern end of the bridge. Our idea is to use it as a base for day trips that will take us farther west in the UP. However, we'd be interested any any good full-hookup places in the eastern half of the UP. Thanks for any suggestions. This will be the second week of May, and I'm thinking May 1 is when most of them open.

Also, any suggestions about towing across the Mackinaw Bridge are also welcome. Have driven it without towing, but wonder if wind will be an issue this time of year. Thanks.
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The Bridge Authority will control travel during "High Wind"! Try "Grand Maris" Town park" Easy day trips East and West! Youroo!!
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The Bridge Authority will control travel during "High Wind"! Try "Grand Maris" Town park" Easy day trips East and West! Youroo!!
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Old 04-26-2016, 01:35 AM   #4
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Cold and wet and windy as escorts were given by bridge staff to all vehicles including semis (except cars) at 20 mph limit on Monday the 25'th as I crossed. Broadcast on am 560 as you approach gives possible restrictions due to weather. Inner lanes are steel grate that I like to avoid in any weather when pulling anything to help avoid that uplifting feeling. Just take your time if it's windy. Kind of interesting winds and waves actually splashed vehicle windshield on final approach.
Call ahead, some campgrounds won't be open yet until 15'th. only a few have full hook-ups but many have water and electricity with dump stations, but you should have better weather by then.
If you go to Grand Marais it is on Lake Superior shoreline check with locals before using dirt roads east from there.
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Cold and wet and windy as escorts were given by bridge staff to all vehicles including semis (except cars) at 20 mph limit on Monday the 25'th as I crossed. Broadcast on am 560 as you approach gives possible restrictions due to weather. Inner lanes are steel grate that I like to avoid in any weather when pulling anything to help avoid that uplifting feeling. Just take your time if it's windy. Kind of interesting winds and waves actually splashed vehicle windshield on final approach.
Call ahead, some campgrounds won't be open yet until 15'th. only a few have full hook-ups but many have water and electricity with dump stations, but you should have better weather by then.
If you go to Grand Marais it is on Lake Superior shoreline check with locals before using dirt roads east from there.
There are Black Top roads that go East as well! If you ask the Locals about "Dirt/Sand" roads in Mich."Before Using Them" you will spend a "LOT" of time with Locals! Youroo!!
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Ok, the roads east of Grand Marais adjacent to the lake are logging roads or camp roads and can be difficult to drive sometimes, I would not recommend towing a trailer on them on my last trip there, needing 4wd The area is also beautiful, remote and and worthwhile in a capable vehicle ending in at a favorite, Muskelunge Lake State Park . Paved roads that go south, east and north can provide good access to Tahquamenon Falls State Park and Muskielunge Lake State Park. H-58 is the best drive west from Grand Marais to provide access to exploring the Pictured Rocks National Shoreline area ending in Munising. I wouldn't miss recommending it.
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Drove a couple of those local roads along Lake Superior in my then 21ft class C. No problem on most of them. I did try one "short cut" and got way down the road heading to a forest service campground. On a narrower section encountered fairly deep sand as far as we could see. While there were tracks thru the sand we decided it was a bad idea. After backing up about a mile we found a wide spot to turn around. We did get to an amazing campground after bypassing our "shortcut". Life is always an adventure!

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Thanks to all. Great info. We are now considering Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground at Mackinaw City, thus avoiding towing over the bridge. We can then motor over the bridge in TV for day trips.
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About 12 years ago, we stayed at Mill Creek at Makinaw. It was OK a good place to stay. Very large campground and sites close together. There was also a KOA in Makinaw. Then we went to the UP. We stayed at a campground in Newberry called Northwoods. It was a good central location to explore from. They had full hookups. We had no trouble with the bridge, but this was in June.
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Thank you. One other question: Is it the northbound or southbound lanes of I-75 that are partially closed?
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