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Magnificent Munising, Michigan

Author: sightseeingsue (More Trip Reviews by sightseeingsue)
Date of Trip: March 2006

Once seated, the captain and co-captain go over all the safety guidelines like don't hang over the edge and keep small children supervised at all times, etc., and then we were off into the deep waters of Lake Superior. All the boats are regulated by the U. S. Coast Guard, and are equipped with all the latest, greatest safety gadgets available to assure you are getting a safe ride.

Our trip was narrated by our captain and included a little history of Munising, their fleet of boats, and interesting facts of some of the landmarks we passed while on our tour. While still in the bay we saw Grand Island off into the distance, along with the East Channel Lighthouse, then once we reached beyond the bay we started to see the rocks. Now's the time to take out your cameras.

One of the first and probably the most famous you see is Miners Castle, as you can see this one not only from a boat, but also by the observatory deck in the park or by hiking the trails. When you see photos of Pictured Rocks, Miners Castle is usually the snapshot you will see.

The tour goes on for 2 ½ to 3 hours, and sometimes takes you within feet of some of the rock formations to marvel at there heights and the unique colors they exhibit. Each rock takes on its own unique shape and color, and that is why the Indians probably named them after things they could easily identify. One of the more famous rocks, and one of my favorite, is Indian Head...it is looks like a profile of an Indians head, hence the name.

As the tour continues you will see numerous caves, waterfalls, beaches and other named rock formations along the way. We were especially lucky as the waves were extremely calm that day to actually enter one of the caverns to get an up close and personal view.

If you are near Munising during the summer months put this on your list of things to do. You won't be disappointed. I look forward in doing this again, but next time I'm going for the sunset cruise for a totally different perspective of this incredible adventure.

Wagner Falls

Sometimes, just the smallest of stops stay with me the longest...maybe that is why visiting Wagner Falls is one of my favorite places to visit, when I am in the Munising area, to take in some nature and not take the wind out of me doing it.

Wager Falls, one of the seven "Notable Falls" in Michigan, can be found just minutes outside of Munising, MI. Picturesque, and being easy to visit, is why you will want to visit here. This scenic waterfall is just a short ½-mile trail, nestled amongst virgin pine, hemlock trees, and beside a rambling stream. When you arrive you will see a small parking area and a sign leading you to the trail. Once out of your car you will be surprised to hear the rushing sounds of the water, which will make you eager to head out into the woods to check this out.

The trail is an easy scroll, and my parents in their 70's had no problem and were able make the walk. There is a bench along the way if you need to rest for a minute or two. Once at the falls you will see a platform for a great picture opportunity (some of my family have used this background for their Christmas Card Photos), but don't worry you don't have to climb the few stairs to enjoy its beauty. The falls are about 20 feet in height and get their water source from Wager Creek. In the winter months awesome ice formations can be seen with this waterfall.

If you are in the area then don't miss this opportunity to check out this breathtaking waterfall. It only takes a few minutes to experience it, and you won't be sorry that you stopped.

White Fawn Cabins/Glen Forest Resort

White Fawn Lodge/Glen Forest Resort is located in Wetmore, Michigan, about 10 minutes from Munising. We stayed here for a family reunion vacation in August of 2005. A total of 30 family members came along, and we rented four of the units that were available. This resort is situated on a small inland lake off of Highway 13, next to the Hiawatha National Forest.

The rental cabins vary in sizes. There is one large two-story cabin that can sleep up to 12 people comfortably. The other cabins sleep any where from six to eight. The units are clean but very typical of UP cabins. They are furnished with dishes, pots and pans, and a refrigerator and stove. This is my type of camping...

Don't expect to watch TV here, as they only get one channel, and that's out of Green Bay, Wisconsin, which is 3 hours away -- not a station you want to get your weather reports from.

The resort offers a community room (pole barn), which we used to have a family party at. It is usually used for breakfasts during snowmobile season, but it was adequate for our purpose and had a stove, refrigerator, and lots of tables for us to use. We even had a family talent show, which we had to do a little rearranging to make work, but it was fun and worked out okay.

The cabins ranged in price from $800 for large unit to $600 for the smaller cabins for the whole week. They provided towels and bedding and had a small convenience store on-site. Each unit has use of a rowboat for the week. The lake offered a swimming area and paddle boats to rent by the hour. The kids loved the fishing and spent many hours trying to caught the big one. There is one large campfire pit that is on the property for your use; just bring some wood, a guitar, and some beverages for a great time.

This place isn't for everyone, but then for the price and the beautiful setting, it's well worth the drive and price for most. It's the perfect place to go to relax and enjoy the nature the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has to offer.

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