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Our Favorite Camping and Campgrounds Eastern Michigan UP

We've stayed at the Woodland Park campground in Grand Marais and Tahquamenon Falls State Park near Paradise, Michigan. Woodland Park has a great location, convenient to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and within walking distance of downtown Grand Marais. It is a very good park for RVs, with full hookups and dump station, at a very reasonable price considering its prime location. Tahquamenon Falls has a very nice network of hiking trails, attractive waterfalls, and modern campground facilities. One of the nicer tent camping spots in the eastern Upper Peninsula but also well suited for RVs.

We've also stayed at Muskallonge Lake State Park during the Agate Festival. It has a nice location sandwiched between Lake Superior on one side and Muskallonge Lake on the other so you get the advantages both offer. Closer to Sault Ste. Marie is Brimley State Park. And in the Soo is the Soo Locks Campground. For campers willing to handle driving on unpaved roads and more rustic campsite amenities, there are several state and national forest campgrounds available.


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Tahquamenon Falls State Park

Tahquamenon Falls is one of the largest waterfalls east of the Mississipi, more than 200 feet across and a drop of nearly 50 feet. The park offers three modern campgrounds, with electric hookups, hot showers, and a table and firepit at each camp site. Recreational activities include hiking, fishing, canoeing, and nature study. Tahquamenon Falls Brewpub is located in the woods near the upper falls.

During the fall season, you'll find some of the best fall foliage color in the eastern UP at Tahquamenon Falls.

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Grand Marais. MI Woodland Park Campground

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Located on Lake Superior adjacent to the eastern portion of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Park. Its expansive sand beach offers fine beach combing and rock hunting, including agates. It is within walking distance of downtown Grand Marais. Facilities include over 110 camp sites (most with electric and other hookups), a recreation area and picnic grounds, two bath/shower houses, and a dump station. Better suited for RVs but there are a few nice tent camping sites on the western end of the park.

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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Campsites

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore offers three campgrounds: Little Beaver Lake, Twelvemile Beach, and Hurricane River. All have water, tables, grills, and vault toilets (but no showers or hookups). Little Beaver is reached via an unpaved road; the road to Hurricane River and Twelvemile is paved. Little Beaver is for tent camping, not well suited for RVs.

As of August 2019 all campgrounds in the park are now by online reservation ONLY-- this includes Hurricane River, Twelvemile Beach, and Little Beaver Lake. pictured rocks - recreation.gov

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Michigan State Forest Campgrounds - Lake Superior State Forest

Several campgrounds are scattered throughout the state forest south of Pictured Rocks and west of Munising. Most are rustic sites with limited facilities, vault toilets, hand pumps, and accessible via unpaved roads.

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Muskallonge Lake State Park

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Muskallonge Lake State Park is located 28 miles northwest of Newberry in Luce County. The 217-acre park is situated between the shores of Lake Superior and Muskallonge Lake and the area is well known for its forests, lakes and streams. 170 modern campsites, many with electric hookups, and two shower and toilet buildings.

Muskallonge Lake Park has been the site of the annual Lake Superior Agate Festival and its beach is a top agate hunting beach in the UP

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Brimley State Park, Brimley Michigan

Brimley offers 237 sites electric service, some with 50 amp service and an RV dump station and fresh water station. Located at the Southern end of Whitefish Bay with an expansive sand beach for swimming, sunbathing, and water sports. 

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Bay Mills Casino RV Park, Bay Mills

When we are in the Sault Sainte Marie area we often stay at the RV Park at the Bay Mills Casino. The park has water and electric hookups, an RV dump station, level paved sites, cable TV, Free Wi-Fi, and a decent bathhouse and laundry facilities. For people with an interest in gaming, the Casino is across the street. A bonus for us is a discount at the Wild Bluff Golf Course, one of the top courses in the UP. It is 22 miles from Sault Sainte Marie and the famous Soo Locks.

Muskallonge Lake Park is the site of the annual Lake Superior Agate Festival.

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City of Sault Ste. Marie Campground

The Aune Osborn Campground is east of downtown along the St. Mary's River that divides Lake Superior from Lake Huron. It has 100 campsites with water and electic service, an RV dump station and fresh water hydrants. It has a modern washroom with shower facilities, paved park roads, and level and nicely spaced campsites with picnic tables and fire rings. It has decent site rates, running between $30 and $35 a night.

We've driven through the campground but never stayed there; one of these days we'll correct that. It looks to be well maintained and a plus for us would be the Sault Ste. Marie golf course is almost walking distance away.

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Waterfall Directory

North Shore Page 1:
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Manitou Falls - Manitou River
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Western UP Waterfalls:
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Gorge Falls
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Manido Falls
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Canyon Falls
Silver River Falls
Slate River Falls

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Laughing Whitefish Falls
Munising Falls
Sable Falls
Upper Tahquamenon Falls
Lower Tahquamenon Falls


 

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