Summer RoadTrip 2022: Part Eight – Marquette, Kitch-Iti-Kipi and Munising, Michigan

MaryAnn and me Kayaking on the Camp 7 Lake in the Hiawatha National Forest.

In part eight of our summer roadtrip the adventure continues from the Porcupine Mountains in western Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan as we travel east to the city of Marquette. We camped for three nights at Tourist Park, a campground owned and operated by the city of Marquette. The campground was roomy with full services and is very well maintained. The staff are friendly and professional, I would give Marquette Tourist Park a 5 out of 5 star rating, we would definitely come back.

Marquette is a great place to ride bikes which we did a lot there. We rode our bikes downtown and found a great pizza restaurant called “Third Coast Pizza” and for desert we went about a half block up to an awesome bakery called “Baby Cakes”. The bakery has amazing pastries (including gluten free and sugar free). Come along as we explore Marquette and then travel deep into the Hiawatha National Forest and beyond…

Pics from the Road in the UP

The entrance to Tourist Park in Marquette.
Our campsite at Tourist Park.
The RV sites were roomy and offered full service hookups. There are other options as well, everything from just electric/water hookups to tents only.

Tourist Park is convienently located near downtown, but isolated enough to give that camping vibe. Paved bike trails lead directly into town and beyond.

A water fall enroute to Presque Isle on the outskirts of Marquette. An easy bike ride from our campground.
MaryAnn in her bike gear.
Here we are at Presque Isle near Marquette.
Shipping at Marquette on Lake Superior.
A beacon in Marquette harbor.
MaryAnn on one of the bike trails in Marquette.
Views of Lake Superior from the Marquette bike trails.
Picture of the shoreline of Lake Superior from the Marquette bike trails.
From the Marquette bike trail (hard to see) is a rail system going out into the harbor delivering coal to ships.
Shoreline on Presque Isle in Marquette.
These signs selling “Pasties” were along the roads in the UP in every town and city. Someone should rethink what they call these things, the first thing I thought of had nothing to do with pastries…
Here it is! A sample of the infamous pasties!
Meat and various other things inside including potatoes.

Pasties have a cultural history of the UP dating back to the copper mining days. The wives would make these pasties with meat and potatoes and send them with their husbands into the mines to eat for lunch and dinner. Since then these pasties as they were affectionately called, have become a delicacy here in the UP. You haven’t been to the UP unless you have eaten a Pasty.

From Marquette we drove deep into the Hiawatha National Forest. MaryAnn and I prefer to be unplugged from electric and water hookups and camped in the wilderness far from the crowds. The fourth of July was approaching and we were hoping to avoid the noise of fireworks as well.

Since our Leisure Travel Van is completely self sufficient with solar, a diesel generator and lithium batteries and a full size bathroom (a “dry bath” for you RVers out there) we have no problem camping in the national forests, we make a point to be unplugged and in the national forests around the country whenever possible.

The road into the Hiawatha National Forest.
The road into the Hiawatha National Forest.
The entrance to our campground.

There a literally thousnds of campgrounds in the national forests around the country to chose from, we use a phone app called, “Campendium” to find the ones near us. In the UP there are so many campgrounds to chose from in the two national forests, the Ottawa in the west and the Hiawatha in the east, making it a little overwhelming trying to decide which campground to camp in, we look for campgrounds that don’t require reservations (first come – first serve).

The road to our campground.
Like most campsites in the national forests the sites are huge.
We planned to spend the Fourth of July weekend here in peace and quite.
We will do a little bike riding and kayaking here on a nearby lake, a very short walk from our campsite.
There are 41 campsites at Camp 7 Lake campground situated along the shores of a small lake.
Kayaking at Camp 7 Lake in the Hiawatha National Forest.
MaryAnn insisted we all needed to go on a short hike through the woods to see another nearby lake. She said it was less than a mile away. Four miles latter we were still hiking!
It wasn’t cold. I was trying to protect myself from the ferocious mosquitoes!
She just kept pressing on through the woods dragging us every step of the way, in spite my complaining. Poor Peeta was literally being dragged by his leash, MaryAnn would not be deterred!
MaryAnn and the Traveling Pups in the Hiawatha National Forest. Much of the trail to and around the lake looked like this picture.
Camp 7 Lake.

By the way, we didn’t get a nice quite Fourth of July. Some locals came by the campground and treated us to some fireworks, there was even a parade with candy being thrown out to each campsite and people dressed up like farm animals singing the song, “Farmer in the Dale”! Don’t ask me, I haven’t a clue what “Farmer in the Dale” has to do with the 4th of July.

Kitch-Iti-Kipi is the largest freshwater spring in Michigan and everyone must come here to see it before they die, just saying.

After Camp 7 Lake, we drove about 20 minutes to Kitch-Iti-Kipi – a fresh water spring in the Hiawatha National Forest. The name is Ojibwa, one of the native tribes in this region when the Europeans arrived and it means, “The Great Water, or “The Blue Sky I See, or “The Roaring Bubbling Spring”. Your guess is as good as mine.

It’s not cold, although it was raining, just trying to protect ourselves from the mosquitoes.
The raft that takes people out on the freshwater spring at Kitch-Iti-Kipi.
The water is crystal clear and this fish are huge! Sorry, no fishing is permitted.

After Leaving Kitch-Iti-Kipi, we drove back into civilization to the town of Munising, UP on the shores of Lake Superior. Without reservations, we camped in the overflow area, but still had electric and water hookups. We arrived on the Fourth of July and were treated to a parade and July 4th celebrations down at the harbor.

Our campsite at Munising Tourist Park. Not as good as the Marquette Tourist Park, but I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.
The local 4th of July parade in Munising.
Munising 4th of July parade. Yes, it was raining, but a little rain never hurt anyone.
Munising Harbor on Lake Superior.
I got to meet Big Foot while we were in Munising! He graciously allowed me to take a picture of us together.
MaryAnn and me at the Munising 4th of July celebration.

After our visit in Munising, we continued east through the UP stopping at the Munising Falls for a photo shoot. Our next stop will be in the Picture Rocks National Lakeshore.

MaryAnn and the Traveling Pups on the trail to Munising Falls.
Munising Falls.
A better perspective of Munising Falls.
MaryAnn, me and the Traveling Pups, Peeta (dark ears) Luna (blonde ears). At Munising Falls.

Marquette, Hiawatha National Forest and Munising are definitely highlights on our summer roadtrip 2022. Next time we will explore some of Picture Rocks National Lakeshore. Be sure to tune in as our epic adventure in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula continues…

2 thoughts on “Summer RoadTrip 2022: Part Eight – Marquette, Kitch-Iti-Kipi and Munising, Michigan”

  1. Thanks for looking at my posts and ‘liking’ them! I found and started following you guys because we’ve had a LTV Unity TB on order now for about 1 ½ years. Maybe we can hook up for one of your caravans in the future, if we EVER get ours!! I’ve really enjoyed looking at your posts. We have been to many of the places you have gone in this post last summer. I wasn’t keeping up with my blog then, but you can see some of what we did on our facebook page ‘Kittinger Wanderings’. You’ll have to request a friendship and then scroll back a bit though. I’ve enjoyed you posts!

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    1. Thanks Janet. Sorry about the long wait for your LTV. I know a lot of people who have been waiting for years to get their LTV and the wait just seems to get longer with so many shortages of supplies. MaryAnn and I would love to meet up with you guys on the road as well. Thanks again for the positive comment 😊

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