Well-traveled RV camping fans will attest there are few places in America more beautiful than Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. One of the most scenic drives in that region is along Lake Superior’s Whitefish Bay, reaching from the farthest East Michigan town of Brimley around the Bay to Whitefish Point.
If you’re coming north from Chicago, it’s about an eight hour drive across Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, across the Mackinac Bridge to the Upper Peninsula and then up to Lake Superior’s shore in the town of Brimley. You’ll then go west along Whitefish Bay on West Lakeshore Drive, join Lake Superior Shoreline Drive and then go north on Hwy 123 to Whitefish Point, the westernmost promontory on Whitefish Bay.
It’s a wonderfully scenic sixty-mile tour, but plan at least three days to enjoy the sights (and the fantastic Upper Peninsula RV camping!) You’ll find your own favorite spots along this scenic byway, but here are our suggestions for stops along the way (in order from Brimley to Whitefish Point):
- Brimley State Park is a great place to catch your breath if you’ve driven in from Chicago. A modern campground on the shores of Lake Superior is just the beginning of a beautiful day spent learning to love the beauty of the Upper Peninsula.
- Point Iroquois Lighthouse is just seven miles north of Brimley on West Lakeshore Drive. A beautifully preserved tower and keeper’s dwelling offer unforgettable vacation photo opportunities.
- Paradise, Michigan is highly-rated by folks RV camping in Michigan as a place to stop and play awhile. Comfortably ensconced on the Lake Superior shore, it offers sandy beaches, access to first-rate hiking and biking trails and an August Blueberry Festival that’s not to be missed!
- Tahquamenon Falls State Park is definitely worth the twenty mile side trip from Paradise! In addition to several RV campgrounds, the park offers spectacular views of both Upper and Lower Tahquamenon Falls. Active RV campers will want to follow the sixteen mile North Country Trail for the very best views of all.
- Centennial Cranberry Farm is located between Paradise, Michigan and Whitefish Point near the northern end of your journey. Tour this historic farm to learn how cranberries have been grown since 1876.
- Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum – Whitefish Point Light Station: Explore a lighthouse built during Abraham Lincoln’s administration and then learn the tragic stories of lost ships in the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.
- Whitefish Point Bird Observatory is the jumping off point for Spring and Fall migrations for tens of thousands of hawks, owls, eagles, falcons and waterfowl.
These are just a few of the places that will capture your imagination along Lake Superior’s Whitefish Bay. Let us help you with an RV rental for the trip, and plan to lose yourself in the breathtaking beauty of Lake Superior’s southern shore.