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Campsites overlooking shipping lanes

I would like suggestions for a campground on Lake Superior with RV hook ups overlooking the lake to watch the shipping lanes. - Scott, Pine City, Minn.

Well, it's a big lake, and you'll see ships from almost any shoreline campground between Silver Bay and Sault Ste. Marie.

In Minnesota, probably the closest you'll get to the boats is in Two Harbors, where you can camp at the municipal Burlington Bay Campground. The ore boats come into the adjoining Agate Bay, but you'll be close.

In Wisconsin, the Apostle Islands take ships away from shore; national-park campsites on the islands are great for seeing shipping, but they're accessible only by boat. But west of the Apostles, the village of Herbster has a municipal campground right on the lake.

On the tip of Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula, you could camp at Lake Fanny Hooe Resort & Campground in Copper Harbor. There's also a campground next door at Fort Wilkins State Park.

For more about the area, see Digging the Keweenaw and Copper Harbor refuge.

On the west side of the peninsula near Sand Hills Lighthouse, Sunset Bay RV Resort & Campground has 18 RV sites and also cabins.

All the boats have to go through the Soo Locks and along the St. Mary's River, which connects Lake Superior to Lake Huron (and Lake Michigan).

In Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., the municipal Aune-Osborn Campground is right on the river. Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., tourism lists three campgrounds.

For more about the area, see Locking through the Soo.

Farther down the river, one of the best places to watch shipping is from Lime Island in the middle of the St. Mary's River, which connects Lake Huron to the Soo Locks and Lake Superior. The Michigan DNR operates the Lime Island State Recreation Area, which includes two- and three-bedroom cottages and tent camping.

The DNR recommends that guests cross the three-mile stretch of water by motorized boat, which can be chartered.

Not far away on Lake Huron, near the DeTour Passage to the St. Mary's River, the rustic DeTour State Forest Campground can accommodate RVs.

There are also RV campgrounds on the other side of the DeTour Passage on Drummond Island. Access is by car ferry.

There's some shipping from Thunder Bay in Ontario. On the south end of town, the resort-like Chippewa Park is right on the lake and has a campground with cabins as well as RV sites.

For more about the area, see Exploring Thunder Bay.

For more about travel around Lake Superior, see Planning a Circle Tour.



Last updated on May 23, 2016