The state of Michigan is comprised of two large peninsulas. The Upper Peninsula, or the “U.P.,” as Michigan residents call it, is the “upper” part of the state.It is surrounded on three sides by the Great Lakes. The outdoor scenery is beautiful, with dense forests, sandy beaches, breathtaking waterfalls, and rugged and remote wilderness areas.
Visitors know Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for its wilderness and wildlife. Hiking, camping, snowmobiling, boating, fishing, and photographing the 300+ waterfalls are all everyday outdoor recreational activities.The copper mine in the Keweenaw is a National Historic Park. Lake Superior has a wild shoreline along Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Wherever you go in the UP, you’ll see stunning landscapes and potentially encounter wildlife like moose, black bears, cougars, bobcats, and birds.
There are many campgrounds and backcountry sites across the Upper Peninsula. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore has three rustic campgrounds within its boundaries.There are also numerous state parks, private campgrounds, and local campgrounds like Aune-Osborn Campground in Sault Ste. Marie and the City of Houghton RV Park.If you want to do some primitive camping, you’ll want to make sure you’re allowed to camp wherever you go and have the appropriate permits.