Summer RoadTrip 2022: Part Ten – Sault Ste Marie and the Eastern Hiawatha National Forest

We continue driving east on the Upper Peninsula (UP) of Michigan exploring the coast of Lake Superior and the eastern Hiawatha National Forest. Taking notes and making tentative plans for our UP Michigan Tour slated for August 2023.

Our next stop is in Sault Ste. Marie. A place full of historic significance for the Great Lakes region. It is here in Sault Ste. Marie that locks were constructed connecting Lake Superior with Lake Huron and Lake Michigan making it possible for ships to pass through .

The bridge to Sault Ste. Marie.
The surrounding area of Sault Ste. Marie.
A tower near the Soo Locks is a great place to go for views of the locks and town. There’s a small but informative museum at the base of the tower.
Tower of History in Sault Ste. Marie.

Inside the tower there’s an elevator to the top observation deck.. There is a nominal fee to use the elevator. If you are feeling energetic, take the long stairs to the top for free.

Pics from the Top of the Tower of History

Sault Ste. Marie from the tower.
Sault Ste. Marie.
MaryAnn and Me at the top of the tower.
Video from the top of the tower.
Lake Superior.
Using a zoom lens from the tower.
Entrance to the Soo Locks. We went to the Tower of History and museum instead.
From the observation deck at the top of the tower.
Lake Huron from the tower.
Shipping that just passed through the locks.

Pics from the Road in the UP

After leaving Sault Ste. Marie, we back-tracked a little and drove back into the eastern side of the Hiawatha National Forest. Our next stop is a first-come-first serve national forest campground called “Soldier Lake.”

Entrance to Soldier Lake.
Video of our campsite.
Our campsite at Soldier Lake. Dry camping.
The sites are very large and private.
We unpacked the Komo rear storage and pulled out our kayak.
Here we are kayaking on Soldier Lake.
We are so glad we decided to add an inflatable kayak to our travel plans. It has given us another avenue of exploration.
Mackinac Bridge over the Straits of Mackinac.

Join us next time as we continue our exploration of the UP, making stops at Michigan’s Straits State Park and take a ferry to Mackinac Island. Until next time, safe travels everyone…

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