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Old 08-02-2014, 03:37 PM   #1
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We are planning a trip this September to the Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park in the UP of Michigan . Does anyone have any suggestions or knowledge of must see sites in the area , when is the best time for fall colors and how many days we should plan on staying to see the sites . Any help would be greatly appreciated

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Old 08-03-2014, 09:15 AM   #2
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There are waterfalls and lighthouses and many other things. As for fall color, since you live in Wisconsin it seems like your knowledge of Wisconsin color would tell you all you'd need to know. If you live in the southern part, you'd expect the UP colors to be a bit earlier but probably not much. As for how long to stay in an area: stay until you're ready to leave. That's what I've done for over 50 years. Of course, if time is limited, you'll have to make choices. Just go and have fun.
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Old 08-03-2014, 09:21 AM   #3
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The UP of Michigan is a land of wonder !! visit the Seney Wildlife area and we stay at the Seney Twsp Park right on the Fox river,,sr discount and a Very cold flowing water well,,We try to be in the UP last week of Sept & 1st week of Oct,,,for color..
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Old 08-03-2014, 09:24 AM   #4
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Where are you heading? Lots of great things to see. Copper harbor is a must, pictures rocks, lake of the clouds in the porcupine mountains. Presque isle campground is very nice and great water falls right there. Plus lake of the clouds is just a short drive


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Old 08-03-2014, 10:02 AM   #5
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There are waterfalls and lighthouses and many other things. As for fall color, since you live in Wisconsin it seems like your knowledge of Wisconsin color would tell you all you'd need to know. If you live in the southern part, you'd expect the UP colors to be a bit earlier but probably not much. As for how long to stay in an area: stay until you're ready to leave. That's what I've done for over 50 years. Of course, if time is limited, you'll have to make choices. Just go and have fun.
I agree with you on staying until your "ready to leave", unfortunately my wife likes a more structured trip . We have driven through freezing rain and snow on our way back home from our winter trip to the South because we "HAVE" to get back home on the day we planned . We are retired so going on a trip with an open ended return date would be fine with me but it ain't going to happen! She is willing to spend a week in the UP which to me is a rather short period of time to see all the sights but still better than not going at all. I called Porcupine Mountain SP and asked about fall colors . I was told that they expect them to be a little early this year due to weather but they would not give a time frame.
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Yah, you betcha!

Fall color dates can vary somewhat from year to year. I think I heard that Lake Superior is 20 degrees colder than normal this summer due to all the cold and ice last winter. This could hasten color change along the shore. But a few miles inland the effect will be lessened. And when you get as far south as Escanaba (an hour from Superior), their climate is much milder and their best color will usually be in October. My guess on the best time would be the 3rd week of September, but really that's just a guess on my part this year. I think a meteorologist would have as much chance of giving an accurate weather forecast for that time period as anyone has of predicting the timing of the color this year.

Nevertheless, there are some great places to visit. Bond Falls near Paulding is one of my favorites. And in the Porkies there's Lake of the Clouds overlook, of course, on the east side of the park. But don't miss the west unit, with the walk along the Presque Isle River and its waterfalls. The municipal campground at Ontonagon is nice, and it's right on the lakeshore (some sites have water views) with easy beach access. Farther NE in the Keweenaw Peninsula, McLain SP is another good CG with water views. Be sure to drive M-26 from Eagle River to Copper Harbor for some great scenery, a picturesque monastery, and another waterfall or two. If you like raspberries, buy some thimbleberry jam up there someplace. Fort Wilkins is worth seeing if you like historic sites. Fayette SP is another historic site of an old iron ore processing setup from the 1800s, but that's well to the south near Manistique. If you do go that way, be sure to see the Big Spring, Kitchi-Ti-Kipi, at Palms Book SP, for a most amazingly clear and colorful pool of water; the large fish swimming 40' below you look like they are much closer.
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I agree with Mike on the Big Spring,,its kool to see the fish in that very clear water.!! Ron
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Even though I grew up in Michigan and still spend the summer months in the lower pennisula, I had never been to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Park (Munising, MI) on Lake Superior. I finally made the trip in June and took the boat tour to see the cliffs. All I can say is jaw dropping. Google it and check out the images.
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Even though I grew up in Michigan and still spend the summer months in the lower pennisula, I had never been to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Park (Munising, MI) on Lake Superior. I finally made the trip in June and took the boat tour to see the cliffs. All I can say is jaw dropping. Google it and check out the images.
We took the boat tour 2 years ago and you are correct it is "Jaw dropping"
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I thought about suggesting Pictured Rocks, but in late September it could be a very cold boat ride. The wind out on the water is particularly chilly. The boat ride is several hours long.

I took the 'sunset cruise' during July some years ago. We had a nice sunny afternoon/evening, and it was great. The captain certainly kept us entertained with dry humor.
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I thought about suggesting Pictured Rocks, but in late September it could be a very cold boat ride. The wind out on the water is particularly chilly. The boat ride is several hours long.

I took the 'sunset cruise' during July some years ago. We had a nice sunny afternoon/evening, and it was great. The captain certainly kept us entertained with dry humor.
We took the boat ride in late September on a windy rainy afternoon. Enjoyed every minute of it
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Very cold ride in mid-June this year. The captain said that the previous weekend was the last time the locals saw ice floating near the beach. It was a sunset cruise and the setting sun reflecting on the water and the rock cliffs was magnificent.
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Boat trip at Picture Rocks is a very nice trip,,,we have taken it twice,,the last time was very rough Seas,,,eat light before you go ??
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Take a tour of the Quincy Mine, it is just north of Hancock. Check the weather report before heading to Copper Harbor, it has its own weather system.
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