The U.S. state of Michigan is made up of two major peninsulas. The Upper Peninsula (UP), is the northern of the two. In my opinion, the best weekend to go camping in Michigan’s UP eastern region is during the fall. There are endless adventures when the trees are bursting with bright colors. Camping in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is also eco-friendly! As sustainable travelers we try to stick close to home for mini staycations throughout the year. Camping in Michigan is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint and travel responsibly.
I hope you enjoy my guide to The Perfect Weekend Camping in Michigan’s UP Eastern Region edition!
Where To Camp in Michigan’s UP
One of the oldest state parks in the UP, Brimley State Park in Michigan provides plenty of recreational activities such as boating, kayaking, swimming, camping, and hiking along the beautiful shore of Lake Superior Whitefish Bay. The campground is modern with 237 electric sites & showers available. There are also mini cabins you can stay in!
Location: 9200 W 6 Mile Road , Brimley, Michigan, 49715 USA Phone: (906) 248-3422
It was the end of the season in late October, we had JUST made it to see the fall colors. It was the last weekend the campground was open, and we were the only ones crazy enough to be camping that late in the season. We camped directly on Lake Superior at Brimley State Park, one of the oldest parks in the UP. In typical Logan/Chelsea fashion we arrived at our campsite in the dark. Setting up at night was never a concern of mine, in fact I kind of like it… waking up in a new place, really seeing it for the first time that morning. It’s like a surprise, or a present waiting to be unwrapped.
Our gift the first morning was waking up to a snow covered tent… in October. Really neither of us were surprised…welcome to The UP.
Made up of over 48,000 acres this state park has 17 miles of hiking around the Tahquamenon River. The most popular attraction of the park is the Upper Falls. At over 200’ across and with a 50′ drop, the Upper Falls is the second largest waterfall east of the Mississippi River.
41382 W M-123
Paradise, Michigan, 49768 USA
Phone: (248) 492-3415
Whether you are planning to camp here or not – Tahquamenon Falls State Park is a must see you won’t want to miss. The Upper Falls are over 200′ across and a 50; drop, making it one of the largest waterfalls this side of the Mississippi. The beautiful rust colored falls get their color from leached tannins of the cedar swamps which the river drains. Explore the park, do some hiking, and stop at the Tahquamenon Falls Brewery & Pub for some food & locally made beer!
Michigan Upper Peninsula Fall Road Trip Adventure
Each morning we woke up freezing because we didn’t pack the right gear for color weather camping. In desperate need of caffeine we went in search of coffee, unfortunately there were very limited options in the rural area of Brimley. We fueled up and hit the road, enjoying the views as we sipped our way back to warmth.
Pro Tip: Take the scenic route along W Lakeshore Dr on your way to Tahquamenon Falls. This route will take you along Whitefish Bay giving you gorgeous lake views and the opportunity to see a lighthouse!
Visit Point Iroquois Lighthouse
Just a short 15 minute drive from Brimley, this historic lighthouse is worth the stop. The lighthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic back in 1975. Its name meaning “Place of Iroquois Bones” derived from a battle fought back in 1662 by local Native American’s of the Chippewa and Iroquois. The lighthouse was closed for the season so we couldn’t climb the tower but we were able to explore the grounds.
Hiking Trails in Tahquamenon Falls
There are hundreds of miles of hiking trails throughout the eastern region of the UP. Hiking in the fall is my ideal hiking conditions- beautiful fall colors, crisp air, lower temperatures.
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