A boardwalk extends to the base of the lighthouse which is not open to the public. Interpretive signs explain how railcars crossed the Strait of Mackinaw on a 338 foot ferry capable of carrying 28 railcars. After viewing the lighthouse follow the boardwalk north along the shoreline where there are more interpretive signs on the history of St. Ignace.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
Wawatam Lighthouse & Huron Boardwalk
Monday, September 28, 2020
Bridge View Park
The bridge is five miles long and almost 200 feet above the water at its highest point. The bridge is closed occasionally due to high winds or ice falling from the cables and towers. The wind is a concern even on calm days. The speed limit for cars is only 45 and 20 for trucks.
The parking lot is large enough for any vehicle. Park 45.8469, -84.72595
Saturday, September 26, 2020
Father Marquette National Memorial & Museum
Friday, September 25, 2020
Thursday, September 24, 2020
Andrus Lake State Forest Campground
A Recreation Passport is required for both camping and day visits which makes the price of camping for just one day kind of high. An annual pass is the best choice if you plan on visiting at least four state parks.
The ground is hard packed and the picnic tables have extended tops. Campground 46.70384, -85.03896
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
When storms brew over Lake Superior, the 80 mile stretch of shoreline between Munising, Michigan, and Whitefish Point is especially treacherous. At least 200 ship have been lost trying to make safe passage through the waves and fog. The most famous is the Edmund Fitzgerald which sunk on November 10, 1975 killing all 29 men of the crew. The museum covers the story of the Edmund Fitzgerald plus the stories of eight other shipwrecks and the discoveries of their resting spots.
A ticket to the museum includes 1861 Lightkeeper’s Quarters & Exhibits, 1923 Surfboat House & Exhibits, and a twenty minute video - not shown due to coronavirus. There’s an extra charge to climb to the top of the lighthouse which was also closed due to coronavirus. A short boardwalk leads to a deck with access to the beach. Another boardwalk leads to a beach covered in thousands of colorful rounded stones.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
Seney Township Campground
Rain kept us inside so I can’t report on the accessibility of the sites.
Some sites are large enough for any RV. Campground 46.35404, -85.96296
Monday, September 21, 2020
Seney National Wildlife Refuge
The roads are hard packed dirt and gravel so rolling along is fairly easy. We also walked/rolled on part of the Pine Ridge Nature Trail and found it overgrown and difficult to use.Refuge 46.28819, -85.94483