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Woodland Park Campground — Grand Marais, MI

Woodland Park

Woodland Park

Another find — both the campground and the nearby town, Grand Marais, are gems.

Woodland Park is a county campground with over 100 sites perched on a bluff overlooking Lake Superior.

The campground is First-Come-First-Served, so there are no reservations. At first I thought that there would be no way to get into Woodland during the height of summer, but we did it. In fact there were several sites available when we arrived on Thursday, July 25th.

Most of the sites, including ours, have electric (50A) and water hookups, but no sewer. This doesn’t seem that big of a deal this time because we really like the area. There are showers within a hundred feet, so we’re happy campers.

There are stairways that lead to the beach — a huge expanse of dunes and water — and NO zebra mussels. That was the first thing I noticed. When I looked down at the beach, there were no mounds of zebra mussel shells.

One end of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore is within walking distance. Jan took a hike — actually two hikes — to nearby Sable Falls. More photos on this coming up.


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Grand Marais is a treat. It’s like a small Pepin — small with lots of character. It looks like Grand Marais is in the midst of an “upgrade” or upscale or something. Lots of street repair going on, a local winery opening, and so on.


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Flirt and I took a long walk through town and I noticed two things — Grand Marais has alleys and most houses have front porches. I grew up with both these things and didn’t know how much I missed them until I saw them again.


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3 Comments Post a comment
  1. #

    Sounds like discovery of an ideal camping area. I’ll bet you revisit this place. Sure understand your joy at discovering porches on homes and alleyways. I miss them too, Jan. I must check out a map of Michigan so I can find where you’re staying. Keep having fun. Kath

    July 29, 2013
  2. Mary H. #

    Can totally relate to the porches and alleys thing. Love those wrap-around porches!
    Grand Marais is quite the find.

    July 29, 2013
  3. Mary Konopka #

    I’m so glad I that I’m following the blog. I just love the porches. Some of them are really impressive. The trout… fresh catch?

    July 29, 2013

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