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Lake Superior is one of the largest of the five Great Lakes. It is also one of the largest lakes in the world. It is so big, in fact, that it was called "Great Sea" by the people who first came to this land. The lake's shores touch the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and Wisconsin, as well as a portion of Canada.
Due to its size, there are numerous locations surrounding it that can be explored on an outdoor adventure. Whitefish Point, Michigan, located on a spit of land that juts into the southeastern corner of the lake from Michigan's Upper Peninsula, is a great destination for a family-fun excursion.
This area is very rural and is comprised mostly of thick, pine forest. The small town of Paradise, MI, sits around 10 miles south of Whitefish Point. The nearest larger town found in this area is Sault Ste. Marie, almost 60 miles to the southeast while the state's capital, Lansing, is over 300 miles to the south.
An RV rental near Lake Superior will give you the chance to enjoy all sorts of activities. Numerous lighthouses can be found throughout the nearby region. These include Whitefish Point and Au Sable Lighthouse. Many are still in use today, and some are open for tours at various times throughout the year. A few have even been converted into Bed & Breakfasts.
Numerous recreational activities are available on Lake Superior. From sunning yourself on the beach and swimming in its shallow waters, to boating, fishing and paddle sports, there is so much to do here. Numerous tours are offered around the local region, including kayak tours to view rock formations, fishing tours and tours to observe old shipwrecks that occurred close to shore.
This area is known for its waterfalls. Tahquamenon Falls (pronounced similar to "phenomenon") is located at a nearby state park near Paradise, MI. This site is known as a prime photography spot. This part of the state is also known for its leaf colors in the fall. There are unique tannins in the local area that contribute to vibrant colors.
Camping with an RV isn't a problem near this part of Lake Superior. Numerous campgrounds are found along the lakeshore, that provide a variety of amenities and services.
Bay View Campground is a US Forest Service site found near Brimley. The camp is open the middle of May through the middle of October. This campground offers easy access to the nearby Hiawatha National Forest and all the activities that can be enjoyed there. As it is a Forest Service campground, expect only rustic amenities to be offered.
There are also campsites available at nearby Tahquamenon Falls State Park. Services offered here include electric hookups, bathrooms, and an on-site store. Motorhome camping in this part of Northern Michigan makes it easy to view all the scenic spots available nearby.
When you rent a camper in Chippewa County, you may have to drive a bit to reach some of the local attractions, but it will be well worth your time. The Soo Locks can be viewed at Sault Ste. Marie. This destination site is where Lake Superior feeds into the St. Mary's River. The Locks allow the ships to negotiate the change in water levels between the two waterways. There is an observation platform and a Visitor's Center available. An RV rental around this region will allow you the chance to experience all sorts of unique attractions.
The Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and Edmond Fitzgerald Memorial are both located near Whitefish Point. This town, and the lake was brought into popular culture with the song "The Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald," by Gordon Lightfoot. It relates the tale of the large, cargo ship that wrecked in the lake in the '80s. Details of other shipwrecks and lake rescues are also highlighted at the museum.
Should you have time available, consider a day trip to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, found around 90 miles to the west, near Munising. This area is known for the cliffs that border Lake Superior as well as the colors in the rocks. Caves and holes in the rocks add to the scenic value of this area. Some of the views are best seen from the lake, and multiple tours are available, from local vendors.
As you are looking for a quiet location, where you can enjoy numerous activities throughout the year, consider renting a camper on Michigan's shores of Lake Superior. Take a boat tour of the lake, learn about shipwrecks that occurred here, and watch large ships go through waterway locks. Check out renting an RV in this region and enjoy your time in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.