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post #1 of 18 Old 04-22-2019, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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I'm planning to spend a week touring around north of Lake Superior this summer, it will be my first time on a multi-day trip on the bike. I stumbled across this website:

https://freecampsites.net/

Looks like a decent resource to find cheap or often free campsites. I'm wondering if anybody else has good resources or recommendations for finding campsites. I'm not looking for amenities, just a place to sleep and then be on my way. I'd appreciate any suggestions.
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I've also used the freecampsites.net website and another US based version for planning a trip down to Mississippi about 10 years ago. Camped for free almost the entire 10,000km trip.

Over on ADVrider there is the tent space thread. It's an invaluable resource for moto travellers looking for a place to crash all over the world. Some places on that thread offer space to pitch a tent, others offer a couch to crash on. Many also offer garages and/or tools if needed. A quick on the map look tells me that there is someone up in Wawa who has a spot: https://advrider.com/f/threads/tent-...ap-v2.1215147/

All that said, along the north shore of Lake Superior, there are some really nice campgrounds for a fee if you are willing to pay a bit of cash.
https://www.pc.gc.ca/en/pn-np/on/puk...ng/avant-front - very nice tent spots, with endless hiking trails nearby.

Welcome to White Lake Provincial Park - some waters edge spots that are really nice.

Here's a ride report from some years ago with some other info you might find useful:
https://www.gtamotorcycle.com/xf/thr...beyond.146737/

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There's a phone app called RV Parks and Campgrounds that I've used. I have it on an Android phone, but I assume it's available for iPhones also. It lists RV Parks, Campgrounds, State and National Forests and Parks, city parks, and other places you can camp.

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I use Allstays Camp & RV, an app on my iPhone.

I've used this app on my last 3 trips and I love it. I no longer worry about where to camp on a trip; I simply get close to where I want to stop for the night, open the app, and see what's nearby. Each listing includes photos, phone numbers, websites, etc. I see what looks good, make a couple of calls, and see what's available.

It appears to include listings in Canada.
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I would be curious to see how that works out. Heading along the North Shore on the May Long with a group of riders. Temps near the Lake are usually just above freezing this time of year.

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I'll be about 3 weeks behind you, mid June. I'll be sure to post about the trip.
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I'm planning to spend a week touring around north of Lake Superior this summer, it will be my first time on a multi-day trip on the bike. I stumbled across this website:



https://freecampsites.net/



Looks like a decent resource to find cheap or often free campsites. I'm wondering if anybody else has good resources or recommendations for finding campsites. I'm not looking for amenities, just a place to sleep and then be on my way. I'd appreciate any suggestions.
For your very first motorcycle camping trip I'd recommend u pay a few bucks and stick to campgrounds, unless you have done a lot of backpacking /camping then you are probably fine.

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For your very first motorcycle camping trip I'd recommend u pay a few bucks and stick to campgrounds, unless you have done a lot of backpacking /camping then you are probably fine.

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I actually spent a decade as a Boy Scout leader, and did a lot of backwoods camping and backpacking year round, as well as the occasional canoe trip, both with my scout troops and on my own. But that was a very long time ago, I might take your advice anyway.
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Wisconsin DNR and Minnesota DNR have campsites that are nominal in cost if you don't need pull-thru parking, showers, hookups etc. My experience with the free campsites in the Arrowhead and South Shore is that some are only widened shoulders on a firebreak.
https://wisconsin.goingtocamp.com. https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/camping/index.html

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I actually spent a decade as a Boy Scout leader, and did a lot of backwoods camping and backpacking year round, as well as the occasional canoe trip, both with my scout troops and on my own. But that was a very long time ago, I might take your advice anyway.
I think it's a good idea given how long it's been. You might find yourself saying a lot of "oh ya I need to get...." or "oh shoot I forgot to get...."

As you start doing more of it you get everything all setup and now what you need. I find having packing cubes a huge help. I have a packing cube of my "kitchen" items (fry pan, stove, salt, pepper, paper towels, condiment packs, etc), a "camp" pack (clothes line, , sitting pad, power bank, fire starter, etc). Then I put my sleeping bag and clothes in a waterproof duffle bag that contains everything I need in the tent, etc.

I still manage to forget at least 1 item every damn trip haha For the very first one having a campsite with a store, running water, etc I think would be a great idea.

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