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We would love to get together for a ride! Our plans changed a bit and we won't be bringing camping gear, but we are going to be in Wausau, Wisconsin on Thursday, July 5 and then planned to go over to Mackinaw in Michigan Friday, July 6. If anyone knows of good rides in those spots or in between and wants to join we would love to meet up! We don't have recovery gear and are fairly new, so I am nervous to ride alone. But we haven't seen much of Michigan and would love to ride and meet people! Let me know if you guys want to put something together!
 

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U.P. Michigan has some great wheeling, I used to do a lot of snowmobiling up there and a fair amount of wheeling in the summer. To all going there, 2 words. Bug Spray.
 

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We would love to get together for a ride! Our plans changed a bit and we won't be bringing camping gear, but we are going to be in Wausau, Wisconsin on Thursday, July 5 and then planned to go over to Mackinaw in Michigan Friday, July 6. If anyone knows of good rides in those spots or in between and wants to join we would love to meet up! We don't have recovery gear and are fairly new, so I am nervous to ride alone. But we haven't seen much of Michigan and would love to ride and meet people! Let me know if you guys want to put something together!
If you're going to Mackinaw, Drummond is the best choice! Lots of trails that as long as you have 30s or bigger you can do the majority. The maps are horrible. Shell Beach (I think it's called) is the only thing to see on the north side and is well worth the drive. The Turtle Ridge offroad park would probably be a bit much for you and is more fun with a friend imo.

The water on the island can be deep, test it with a stick before entering. The crossing are all rock bottom.
 

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We would love to get together for a ride! Our plans changed a bit and we won't be bringing camping gear, but we are going to be in Wausau, Wisconsin on Thursday, July 5 and then planned to go over to Mackinaw in Michigan Friday, July 6. If anyone knows of good rides in those spots or in between and wants to join we would love to meet up! We don't have recovery gear and are fairly new, so I am nervous to ride alone. But we haven't seen much of Michigan and would love to ride and meet people! Let me know if you guys want to put something together!
Sounds like fun but it's the holiday week/weekend so I'm out.
 

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If you're going to Mackinaw, Drummond is the best choice! Lots of trails that as long as you have 30s or bigger you can do the majority. The maps are horrible. Shell Beach (I think it's called) is the only thing to see on the north side and is well worth the drive. The Turtle Ridge offroad park would probably be a bit much for you and is more fun with a friend.
I was curious about this. Are there good (legal) trails on the island besides Turtle Ridge park?
 

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We would love to get together for a ride! Our plans changed a bit and we won't be bringing camping gear, but we are going to be in Wausau, Wisconsin on Thursday, July 5 and then planned to go over to Mackinaw in Michigan Friday, July 6. If anyone knows of good rides in those spots or in between and wants to join we would love to meet up! We don't have recovery gear and are fairly new, so I am nervous to ride alone. But we haven't seen much of Michigan and would love to ride and meet people! Let me know if you guys want to put something together!
It's kind of short notice, but those dates almost work for me. I couldn't tell you where to go (haven't been there), but I understand about not going alone. I be interested in knowing where you're staying and for how long once you get to that area (Drummond Island).
 

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I was curious about this. Are there good (legal) trails on the island besides Turtle Ridge park?
Yup. Everything on the east side of the island is legal unless marked as private. There is one road/trail that goes to the north up to fossil beach that is worth going to. You MUST have both of those stickers mentioned earlier to do anything other than the north road.

The ferry ticket is reasonable. $20 round trip or something like that. Wait to air down your tires until you get across the island (don't do it at the landing like all of the noobs).

Stop in at the visitors center when you first arrive and ask for a free map of the trails and current trail conditions. There's an older guy who works there who cleared many of the trails back in the day.

This free map they give you is going to be the worst part of your entire trip that you will compare all other maps to. Combined with the unmarked arrows on the trails that point in literally every direction you're never going to know where you are or where you are going. Just enjoy it and don't be in a rush. Next time you'll remember some of it but still end up confused asking other people were they came from who also have no clue.

The camping is great on the island. You can set up camp anywhere along the trails (there's a few gravel pit clearings), at the town(?) campground (my favorite choice) or next to the bar at the private campground (busy, more $$$, but you don't have to drive from the bar if that's your thing). If you only want to do Jeeping, sleep on the island or else you'll waste hours each day on the ferry. St Ignace and Mackinaw are nice towns for shopping if that's your thing.

Food is okay on the island. I suggest bringing your own coolers and cooking over a campfire. If you forgot anything, the party store will probably have it.

There is 2 gas stations on the island. Gas is reasonably priced. A tank or 2 will get you though the weekend.

The entire network of trails can be done in a weekend. I'd expect lots of flooding right now and there is one 1mi section of trail they had dredged a few years ago to help it drain and it only made it deeper -- expect water over your hood in several pits -- personally I'd avoid this section of trail as there's no telling when those pits come up. I've seen several Jeeps running them too fast and breaking stuff or being too low and hydrolocking. There is a much safer water crossing a few miles away that may come up to your doors with a rock bottom and a few submerged boulders hidden (I suggest going slow and a diff cover).

The gravel pits are fun for challenge hills.

The steps at Marble head are very fun and there's several lines that a stock Wrangler can do with a good spotter (or 33s).

Turtle Ridge is alright at best. It changed owners a few years ago and they're trying to make it better but there's always a section closed and their map is even worse than the island map. They have a rock pit which is fun and an outer trail that starts behind the rock pit and ends with a hill climb. If you run out of things to do it might be worth the entrance fee if you have an above stock Jeep.
 

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Fall Color Ride – October 6th & 7th. Upper Michigan


Here is an invite for those following this thread. I am heading up a small group for a fall color ride and I have had a few spots open up for this. If you think you can make it please let me know as soon as you can as this will be limited.


We will be leaving from Appleton on October 6th and heading to the U.P. where we will spend two days in the woods. Saturday we will spend the night in a motel located in Christmas, MI which is just outside of Munising. Casino next door and a nice bar/restaurant across the street which we will be eating at when we arrive. The next day we head back to Rapid River and home. This is the coolest stretch for fall colors and for the driver. In the past we have had from 6 Jeeps to as high as 25 Jeeps. We will travel approximately 200 miles (mostly in the woods) and never hit the same trail twice. These trails are not difficult and just meant to be a laid back ride in the woods. They range from gravel (especially day one), sand, two track, very little blacktop, hard pack to very tight and technical. We do have to negotiate an occasional mud hole (depending on the weather) so please have solid tow points both front and rear.

You can also expect to receive some tree branch scratches as some sections can get pretty narrow especially for a JK.


If you can make this happen please let me know.
 

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Fall Color Ride - October 6th & 7th. Upper Michigan

Here is an invite for those following this thread. I am heading up a small group for a fall color ride and I have had a few spots open up for this. If you think you can make it please let me know as soon as you can as this will be limited.

We will be leaving from Appleton on October 6th and heading to the U.P. where we will spend two days in the woods. Saturday we will spend the night in a motel located in Christmas, MI which is just outside of Munising. Casino next door and a nice bar/restaurant across the street which we will be eating at when we arrive. The next day we head back to Rapid River and home. This is the coolest stretch for fall colors and for the driver. In the past we have had from 6 Jeeps to as high as 25 Jeeps. We will travel approximately 200 miles (mostly in the woods) and never hit the same trail twice. These trails are not difficult and just meant to be a laid back ride in the woods. They range from gravel (especially day one), sand, two track, very little blacktop, hard pack to very tight and technical. We do have to negotiate an occasional mud hole (depending on the weather) so please have solid tow points both front and rear.

You can also expect to receive some tree branch scratches as some sections can get pretty narrow especially for a JK.

If you can make this happen please let me know.
I was planning on going, but at this point I decided to pause work on my Jeep to get my garage insulated and heated for winter. If we don't have a chance to meet up over the winter or next summer we NEED to plan on doing this trip again next Fall.
 

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That's a bummer. I was hoping you could make it. I want to see your Jeep. I do this every year so you're in. I would do a mid summer run next year on these trails as well.
 

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That's a bummer. I was hoping you could make it. I want to see your Jeep. I do this every year so you're in. I would do a mid summer run next year on these trails as well.
I was really hoping to make it too. Count me in on a mid-summer run for sure.

I am planning on going to Drummond during Jeep The Mac next spring with a buddy. I'll post when it gets closer but anyone here is welcome to join our convoy over or our group on the island.
 

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sub's for the updates.

Can't make the fall run, but plan on Jeep the mac and your summer run.
 

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sub's for the updates.

Can't make the fall run, but plan on Jeep the mac and your summer run.
Sorry you can't make it for the fall run but the summer run sounds like a plan. :thumbsup:
 

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It's looking good. Thanks buddy!
 

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Fall Color Ride - October 6th & 7th. Upper Michigan

We will be leaving from Appleton on October 6th and heading to the U.P. where we will spend two days in the woods. Saturday we will spend the night in a motel located in Christmas, MI which is just outside of Munising. Casino next door and a nice bar/restaurant across the street which we will be eating at when we arrive. The next day we head back to Rapid River and home. This is the coolest stretch for fall colors and for the driver. In the past we have had from 6 Jeeps to as high as 25 Jeeps. We will travel approximately 200 miles (mostly in the woods) and never hit the same trail twice. These trails are not difficult and just meant to be a laid back ride in the woods. They range from gravel (especially day one), sand, two track, very little blacktop, hard pack to very tight and technical. We do have to negotiate an occasional mud hole (depending on the weather) so please have solid tow points both front and rear.

You can also expect to receive some tree branch scratches as some sections can get pretty narrow especially for a JK.

If you can make this happen please let me know.
Here is an invite for those following this thread. I am heading up a small group for a fall color ride and I have had a few spots open up for this. If you think you can make it please let me know as soon as you can as this will be limited.

Just wondering how the trip was! We have only gone off-roading in Utah- do you think conditions will be okay for driving your UP MI route in late October? Also, will the colors be gone? Thanks!!!
 

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Yup, cant wait to see the turn out and pics!
 

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Just wondering how the trip was! We have only gone off-roading in Utah- do you think conditions will be okay for driving your UP MI route in late October? Also, will the colors be gone? Thanks!!!
This trip was a blast. Trails were excellent and the colors varied from just changing, gold, some amazing reds and some leaves had already fallen. Overall the timing was perfect. 10 Jeeps with some great people.

Trial wise the conditions will be great the end of October but most likely the colors will be done and most leaves will be down by the end of the month.
 

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Yup, cant wait to see the turn out and pics!
I actually didn't take many myself. Here are a few I took as well as stole. We hit it almost prime for most areas. Some spots had some amazing reds mixed in but of course I don't have any pictures. We had a total of 10 Jeeps and had an awesome time.
 

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