Great Lakes States

Capt. Mike

Thought I'd start a N. Central topic to see if some members would share their experiences. I know MN & WI have great camping.

So to start it off --

Madison, WI

If Visiting WI, whether for the Dells, Oktoberfest or the North Woods, you'll probably pass through Madison. Worth a side trip as the capital is a true landmark and it sits in the hourglass of two lakes with great parks. The University District is also worth a look-see; a combination of premier university, quaint historic homes and college town shops.

Westy owners do not live by camp-food alone. To top it off, there is a group of restaurants in Madison worth the trip downtown itself! Check out Foodfight Inc. it's a privately owned group of independents for all tastes and budgets. From right on the capital square to the UW District.

Last count -- 9 of Madison's finest. I've eaten in all but one new one many times and NEVER had even a remotely mediocre meal or bad service. So, tired of fast food road-kill or truck-stop tire & lube on a bun, try one of the ones listed there.


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Thanks for the kick-off, Capt. Madison is a fine city.

Last weekend (10/03/03-10/05/03) we traveled north of the Twin Cities to Minnesota's Gooseberry Falls State Park
Spotted a Eurovan but they packed up early the first morning.

Since it was a peak autumn color weekend, it was rather busy! We lucked out and nabbed one of the first-come first-served spots, and although the park was packed it didn't feel like a crush of people. The colors were lovely, the Civilian Conservation Corps main buildings well maintained, camp neighbors quiet, and Lake Superior fantastic as always. The five Falls here are linked by well-maintained trails (this system connects to the Superior Hiking Trail) and it is a good quick morning hike. Not even the trees in full color can compete with Lake Superior however, and we managed to catch part of the moonrise and the last bit of the sunrise on the lake.

The park is filled with CCC history and is a good introduction for younger campers who are interested in American History.

The North Shore of Superior is a classic get-away for the Twin Cities and home to some of the luckiest people in the world <g> We ended up stopping at Betty's Pies on Hwy 61 just outside of Two Harbors, but I think that was just nostaglia. The cherry/berry and spicy apple crunch slices had *nothing* to do with it

All in all, a clean spot, a Great Lake, and a Minnesota favorite.

still lookin' & learnin'...and lovin' my westy

A. Cooper

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Westy travellers interested in visiting the Lake Superior region may want to check out the travelogue and photos of our recent visit there:

The highlights of our two-week, 1000-mile circumnavigation of Superior include Madeline Island in the Apostles, Duluth and the Arrowhead Country of northern Minnesota, Fort William near Thunder Bay, the North Shore and Sault Ste. Marie, the historic Copper Country of Michigan's Keweenaw Peninsula, and many scenic and historic points in between. We were especially entranced by the Keweenaw Peninsula, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, so we lingered several days here, exploring the old copper mines, lighthouses, rugged coastline, and camping at the 1800s fort.

We stuck pretty close to the shore for the entire route, and orbited in a clockwise fashion, affording the best views of the lakeshore outside the passenger window. The various geological and glacial activity which occurred throughout the upper Great Lakes region is on full display around Superior, giving her arguably the most scenic and ruggedly beautiful shores of any of the Lakes.


Capt. Mike

Transferred to conolidate same locale.

tanjay Member Posted July 17, 2000 07:13 PM

We just finshed a 4 day summer concert with our Westy. Moondance Jam 2000 in Walker, MN.
We camped with a huge crowd of campers, tents and trailers but only spotted 2 other Westfalias.

We had a great time and our Euro CV was true as always. Had alot of onlookers that had never seen.


Posted July 18, 2000 02:05 AM

Sorry I forgot to let you know the roster. The Jam had The Knack, George Thorougood,Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Styx, you can find the whole list at

They have a great setup. See you there next year.


jerepowers Super Member Posted July 03, 2006 10:01 PM

Minnesota Arrowhead

Saint Croix State Park, Hinckley, Minn.

Tettegouche State Park, Silver Bay, Minn.

For anyone traveling up Interstate 35 toward the Arrowhead area of Minnesota, a great overnight camp spot is Saint Croix State Park. What's great about it is that there are almost always camp sites available. There are two reasons for this. First, the Grand Casino Hinckley has an RV park for all of the bath and half folks and the campsite car pads at the state park are smallish, meaning anyone with a monster won't go there.

It's quiet and not over visited. It's about 18 miles east of Interstate 35 on Minnesota Highway 48 to the park and another 7 miles from the entrance to the campground. There is a little store.

It is also one of the last state park camp grounds before you get into the Duluth area. You do NOT want to go looking for campgrounds along the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota in the summer. Reservations are STRONGLY recommended. This is a beautiful area, with photogenic scenery and lots to do. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area is nearby. It is ALWAYS crowded on weekends.

If you plan to go to this area, the best campaground is at Tettegouche State Park near Silver Bay. It is stunningly beautiful and is almost like something our of a dream. Tettegouche Photos

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