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JesLookin

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Posted: 10/25/18 08:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

dewey02 wrote:

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rockhillmanor wrote:

I did the UP once and never again. I won't even drive near there!


Those of us who are planning trips there are curious as to why you feel this way...


I lived in the UP, Northern WI, and Northern MN for about 30 years. Yes, the black flies can be bad in spring/early summer as has been mentioned. But avoiding the UP altogether makes you miss out on some truly beautiful and enjoyable areas (Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Porcupine Mtns State Park, Bond Falls, Agate Falls, Sylvania Wilderness Area, Kitchi-ti-Kippi (Big Spring), Saulte Lock and Dams, Mackinack Island, etc.).

A few years ago, we went in mid-to-late June. I was leary because I thought the flies and mosquitos would still be bad. We experienced almost none, except for one rainy day near Lake Gogebic.


We live about an hour from Door County. I'd pick the UP over Door County any day. Door County is too touristy for me.


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Posted: 10/25/18 02:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

dodge guy wrote:

We were in the UP in mid July. No issues. Maybe it was because we were up in Munising and the warmest it got was 60 deg the day we left and it rained on and off for a week..........thanks now I need to go back, late July early August!


It was in the mid forties in the afternoon in Munising on a rainy afternoon when we were there last year in mid June. Never knew it could get that cold up there middle of the day that time of year, of course I live 6 hrs away. I could never live up there due to isolation and the cold but the U.P. is awesome in the summertime camping.

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Hammerboy wrote:

dodge guy wrote:

We were in the UP in mid July. No issues. Maybe it was because we were up in Munising and the warmest it got was 60 deg the day we left and it rained on and off for a week..........thanks now I need to go back, late July early August!


It was in the mid forties in the afternoon in Munising on a rainy afternoon when we were there last year in mid June. Never knew it could get that cold up there middle of the day that time of year, of course I live 6 hrs away. I could never live up there due to isolation and the cold but the U.P. is awesome in the summertime camping.

Dan


And I checked the weather the next week and......mid 80`s. heard that from a lot of people, late July and August is the time to go. I also want to go in the winter with my snowmobiles!


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The U.P. is simply gorgeous and so much to do and see. We have been going up there for over 50 years now and have been there in every month of the year on trips or for snowmobiling etc. Yes, the black flies can be bad in May and the 1st half of June but it's usually only bothersome about a 2-3 week long period and varies a little from year to year depending on when well above freezing at night starts. Needs to be above freezing for them to hatch.

Usually quite cool in early to mid June yet but when it finally warms up it's quite dependably warm from then on until about into mid October. We've gone up every year for the last 56 years for 1-2 weeks for the spectacular colored leaves time which usually peaks in mid October. It's about a 350 to 500 mile trip up there from our home on the Lake Michigan Shoreline in west Lower Michigan. We have NO black fly season down here and flies are rare and usually have very few skeeters also. Actually just got back from the U.P. almost 2 weeks ago and the colors were so fantastic+. So bright were the red and dark red, oranges, yellows, and in many areas mixed in with the many different hues of greens and pines. So bright were the colors that it Was almost iridescent to the eye! Just wish the camera could show the iridescent like it really is.


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In 2015 we traveled to MN, UP, and Mich. in late July to the end of September. No bug problems and great scenery and places to visit. We stayed in Munising and traveled around that part of the UP, stayed in Traverse City, MI, for 3 weeks and visiting the National Parks along Lake Michigan as well as other spots in the area. Also great bicycle trails in MN and MI. Enjoyed salmon fishing near Traverse City. Enjoy the area and expect some rain. Try to go to Interlochen Arts center for a performance while in Traverse City.

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I earned the nickname "mosquito ninja" from our UP trip a few years ago in the first week of July.
Sure, it's beautiful, but the mosquitos and 28 degree weather at night on July 6th, made it not a fantastic trip.

My sons are going with their scout troop in the end of June...... I'm buying them hats with bug nets for their trip.


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Posted: 10/30/18 09:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The UP in the fall is spectacular. In most areas, bug season subsides by early July. Great stuff to do all year long.


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We love the UP too, but if you're looking to stop in Northern Michigan elsewhere, check out Hoeft SP or Wilderness SP. Wilderness is larger, so the crowds will obviously be larger, but it's great.

We discovered Hoeft this summer and really enjoyed it. Lake Huron side, a little quieter.

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