the recommendation of another RVing buddy with good memories
of Gitche Gumee, I decided to make this my homebase to explore
things in Marquette (Presque Isle) and in Munising (Pictured
Rocks Boat Cruise). Since it is located in between those
two towns and right across the road from Lake Superior, it
looked like a good choice to me.
shows the highway M-28 with the beach access across the
road from the campground entrance.
the shores of Gitche Gumee, by the shining big-sea water..."
begins Longfellow's poem "Song of Hiawatha"
-- the scene takes place here on these southern shores, and
it's easy to see why what we call Lake Superior, the Native
Americans called Gitche Gumee, meaning "big water."
shows the entrance to the campground and the top level of sites
31-37. I was in Site 33, and this shot was taken from that perspective.
campground is multi-level, with this top level being closest
to the beach and the lower level more heavily treed with larger
sites, much further apart with more privacy between sites.
Site Map for layout
you go down the hill, to the right is this row beginning with
53, a large pull through.
talked to Mary and Don here and they were happy with this
site because while they liked the secluded, forest feel, there
was enough clearing for them to get their satellite TV.
is originally from Marquette and they both said they really
loved this park - it's clean and they appreciate the natural
landscaping, wild blueberries, and the width and privacy between
also pointed out to me that his site (and many others) have
dual sewer hookups (one toward the front of the site and the
other toward the back). So wherever your hookups are located,
you're able to reach - nice feature!
you're looking down the row that begins with the Camping Cabin
(#30) and RV sites that begin with #29.
sites on this side of the park (from Site 8 - 29) are water
and electric only - no full hookups.
on beach across the road.
is one of the best "attractions" to me of this park
and its location, so don't miss a sunset or two over Lake Superior
while you're here!
upper level sites are closest to beach access. They are
lower priced than the larger sites downhill.
sites are much closer together, have no fire pits, picnic
tables or grills. And although M-28 is not a busy highway,
you do hear more road noise. The only other thing I noticed
about my site was that the water pressure was pretty low.
Camper Comments - I met a woman from Washington
State as she and her daughters were coming back from
the beach. They said they liked the large pull through
they were in, the close access to the beach, and how
the lake bottom was sandy all the way out. More comments
Other Campground Features:
rig friendly - many large pull through sites
Laundromat (4 washers/dryers)
Lodge with pool table, games, lending library, big TV
Free movies nightly in a large covered pavilion with huge
High end air compressor for filling big rig tires (no charge)
Open year round
When I was there, rates ranged from $35 - $49, but they aren't
published on the website and change with the season and electric
useage is metered, so check with Jeff for your particular
you're looking for a meticulously manicured, concrete
pad at every site, resort type of park, this is not
it. Here you'll find a more natural setting but still
with the convenience of full hookups, cable, wi-fi,
was here less than a week and there were lots of things
to see in the surrounding area, so I didn't spend a
lot of time at the park itself, so can't comment on
all its features, but I'd have no problem staying here
again in this area.
did visit with the owner, Jeff, a little while and was
impressed that he's literally built this park pretty
much all by himself (his engineering background surely
helped). He said for the past 40 years he has "lived
and breathed" this park. He has obviously put a
lot of himself into it, but an accident a couple of
years ago left him unable to continue the pace he had
been used to. So now he is preparing to turn it over
to his son, who has the same vision and passion to create
a great RV park in this beautiful area of the UP. Next
on the list for major improvements is a swimming pool.
Best of luck to you, Ranger Jeff!
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