We left Duluth on June 12 towing our camper and two dogs.
First stop was Cascade River State Park just south of Grand Marais, MN. Nice park but no electrical hook ups.
Next was Marie Louise Lake Campground in Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Again, a nice park however the electrical hook up was quite a way away from our camper so we ended up “renting” a power cord for $100. We got our fee back when we returned the cord but all electrical hookups in Ontario parks seemed to be far away from a campsite (even with the 25-foot extension cord we brought with) so we would highly recommend bringing along a longer extension cord (50 feet long) to avoid the hassle of having to park close to the power supply.
From Sleeping Giant, our next stop was Neys Provincial Park. If you like camping right on the shore of Lake Superior, this is the park for you. Beautiful site with a great view of the lake.
Next stop White Lake Provincial Park. We were quite disappointed. The roads through the park are all really narrow, not level and with sharp turns. It made navigating our 24-foot trailer difficult. Were sure the park has something to offer but if you have anything more than a small tent camper, you may want to avoid this park.
Heading further east, we found Agawa Bay Provincial Park. In our opinion, Canada’s best-kept secret. Beautiful sites with Lake Superior just across the road from our site. Tall pines with minimal underbrush which kept the bugs to a minimum. They also have a designated dog exercise area on the beach. With an outstanding visitor center and many local attractions, this was by far the highlight of our trip.
Next was Pancake Bay Provincial Park. We had heard a lot of good reviews about it and the park lived up to them. Again, nice sites on Lake Superior. A comfort station in the park provided laundry facilities and a designated pet exercise area on the beach gave our dogs a chance to swim in the Big Lake yet again.
After crossing the border into Michigan, we spent two nights in Tahquamenon Falls State Park. The parks offers two campgrounds, one near the lower falls and one near the upper and both are near Whitefish Point scenic area. You will find a very nice lighthouse, shipwreck museum and informational area there.
In June, the bugs were pretty fierce so we left Tahquamenon Falls and headed west toward Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Intending on staying at Bay Furnace, a national forest service campground for one night, we found the bugs to be just as bad and decided to continue on to Baraga State Park. Yet another disappointment. The park is only about 300 feet deep with the highway on one side and railroad tracks on the other.
We decided to continue on to Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park, in the Union Bay Campground just north of Wakefield, Michigan. A nice park with some rather small sites on the lake but adequate sized sites in the main area of the park. We were rewarded with a magnificent sunset! With the weather looking less than pleasant, we decided to head back to Duluth the next day.
All in all a super trip that we can’t wait to take again.
Greg & Susie Johnson, Duluth, MN