Hello everybody! Even though I have been a member of the backpacking group for several years, this will be my first time organizing a trip. I am excited to finally get something on the calendar and I am really looking forward to going back to Grand Island. The schedule for the weekend will look something like this.
Friday Sept 26th: Meet at the Munising Tourist Park Campground located at 8518 W M-28 Munising, MI Friday evening. Unfortunately, the schedule for the ferry to Grand Island is limited after Labor Day (off-season) so we have to arrive Friday evening and catch the ferry Saturday morning. This should give everyone enough time to get up there and get situated.
Saturday Sept 27th: Catch the 9:00 a.m. ferry to Grand Island and Arrive at Williams Landing. Spend the day hiking the 15 or so miles to Juniper flats which is the group site located on the West side of the island. Again, because this trip is in the off season, the camping sites are on a walk-up basis. If the group would rather camp at several of the remote sites on the North side of the island or find spots for random camping (allowed on the island but restricted use of fires) then I am fine with that too. I want to keep things loose but still keep the group together. :)
Sunday Sept 28th: Hike the remaining 4 miles to Williams Landing (or more depending on where we decide to camp the previous evening) and catch the noon or 3:30 ferry. Note: the 3:30 Ferry is the last ferry for the day so we need to keep that in mind when deciding where to camp.
This is an intermediate hike due to daily mileage. The cost is 20$ per person. If you would like to know what the exact cost breakdown is I will be happy to message you.
Bugs/black flies shouldn't be a problem but you never know... plan accordingly. Campfires are allowed at all the sites except for random camping.
I have tried to contact the Munising Tourist Park Campground manager to book space for us to camp/car camp Friday night but have yet to hear back. Once I have the spot(s) where we will be camping I will communicate that to the rest of the group.
We will be leaving Oshkosh around 3:00p.m. on Friday. It is about a 4.5 hour drive so we will not be arriving until after dark. I know it can be hard to find the group after dark but just keep an eye out for a flag with the meetup logo on it. If you have any questions or concerns, please let me know and I will get back to you as soon as possible.