Top Spots

Kayak to Turnip Rock

Port Austin, Michigan


Backpack the Manistee River Trail

Mesick, Michigan

17.6 mi

Hike Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Glen Arbor, Michigan

3.5 mi

Camp in the Nordhouse Dunes Wilderness

Free Soil, Michigan


Backpack Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Munising, Michigan

43 mi / 500 ft gain

Backpack Isle Royale NP's Greenstone Ridge Trail

Eagle Harbor Township, Michigan

41.12 mi / 3235 ft gain

Hike to Miners Falls

Munising, Michigan


Hike to Big Sable Point Lighthouse

Ludington, Michigan

3.6 mi

Camp on South Manitou Island

Leland, Michigan


Places to stay

Inwood Township, Michigan

Petes Lake Campground

Ironwood, Michigan

Black River Harbor Pavilion

Watersmeet, Michigan

Marion Lake Group Site

Free Soil, Michigan

Lake Michigan At Manistee

Gaylord, Michigan

Gaylord KOA Holiday

Ypsilanti, Michigan

Detroit / Ann Arbor KOA Holiday

Guides and stories

The 10 Best Adventures In The Great Lakes Region

Shalee Blackmer

Great Lakes Winter Hotspot: A 72 Hour Getaway in Marquette, MI

Joe Whitson

72 Hours in the Winter Wonderland of Traverse City, Michigan

Holly Mandarich

Everything You Need for a Winter Getaway in Traverse City, Michigan

Holly Mandarich

Winter is Coming: 6 Videos to Inspire You to Visit Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Josiah Roe

8 Reasons to Put Marquette, Michigan on Your Bucket List

The Outbound Collective

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