Pictured Rocks Recommendations?

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Pictured Rocks Recommendations?

Post by Ingo » Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:55 pm

Going to spend the last week of June car camping at Pictured Rocks. Looking for specific recommendations for:
(a) Campgrounds. Thinking a few nights at Bay Furnace CG, then east to either 12 Mile or Hurricane River CG. Any experience or knowledge of better alternatives?
(b) Any kayak outfitter (probably guided tour) better or worse?
(c) Same for boat tours.
(d) Restaurants, if we want to treat ourselves one night.

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Re: Pictured Rocks Recommendations?

Post by bergman » Sun Jan 27, 2013 12:14 pm

Kayak outfitter in Munising:
Met 3 kayakers from cedar rapids, IA @ chippewa harbor in sept. One of them was Pam Wolter, president of cedar valley paddlers. Earlier last season she organized guided kayak on Grand Island for 6 club members. The outfitter was a nightmare. Contact her at cedarvalleypaddlers.webs.com or 319-231-0541. She can tell u the name of the outfitter she used. One guy and the guide had to be rescued at the end of the trip. Part of the nightmare was in the equipment.

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Post by alecto73 » Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:55 pm

I took a detour just to see Trappers Lake cg and really wished I had made it a night on my trip. I thought it was pretty cool. Looks like you'll want to check on the water situation there though - specifically Trappers Lake.

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Post by alecto73 » Thu Jan 31, 2013 7:57 pm

Just noticed you said car camping. Don't think you'll be hitting Trappers Lake in that case. :grin:

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Post by johnhens » Fri Feb 01, 2013 11:09 am

I like Little Beaver Lake CG, small, the sites are mostly on the water. The bathrooms are nice (for a CG), easy hike out to the lake.
We usually will go to The Dogpatch, think of Rydens with character!!!!

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Post by jrwiesz » Sat Feb 09, 2013 9:39 pm

As johnhens related, Little Beaver Lake CG; 2011 price was $17 a night, self-check-in. Only eight sites = maybe full in late June. I believe, first come, first served?

Launch for small boat/canoe/kayak, electric trolling motors allowed-no outboards however. Supposedly can portage to Beaver lake, from Little Beaver lake.

Hike to the Lady = one mile and you come out at the west end of Twelve mile beach; much of this area = designated wilderness area. Day hike to Chapel Rock doable.

Enjoy; with a week and a car, you should be able to see all the highlights, and more. :)
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Re: Pictured Rocks Recommendations?

Post by Ingo » Sat Feb 09, 2013 10:18 pm

Thanks for the feedback everyone! Have made reservations at Bay Furnace CG, just west of Munising, and then at Muskallonge Lake SP 18 miles east of Grand Marais. Since we're traveling 1400 miles to get there, want to make sure we have a spot and those are the few in the area that take reservations. But plan to stop at Little Beaver Lake, 12 Mile, and Hurricane River campgrounds when we move west to east and take the first open one--don't mind donating a few bucks to the MI DNR or NFS if we don't use a reservation.


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Re: Pictured Rocks Recommendations?

Post by johnhens » Sun Feb 10, 2013 4:50 am

Ingo wrote:Thanks for the feedback everyone! Have made reservations at Bay Furnace CG, just west of Munising, and then at Muskallonge Lake SP 18 miles east of Grand Marais. Since we're traveling 1400 miles to get there, want to make sure we have a spot and those are the few in the area that take reservations. But plan to stop at Little Beaver Lake, 12 Mile, and Hurricane River campgrounds when we move west to east and take the first open one--don't mind donating a few bucks to the MI DNR or NFS if we don't use a reservation.
There is a nice State Forest CG just West of Muskallonge right on the water.
Might be worth checking out as you will be in the area. Good Microbrewey in Grand Marais, forget the name, good food too. There is a small air strip outisde of GM, a guy does flights over the lake, nice ( a photographer friend has used the service)

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