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PaulB

Here's the dilema. I have 4 days next weekend off. There are sites available at Hoodoo Point and McKinley Park campsites. I am bringing my dog and 14 year old son and we tent camp. We're used to camping in fairly primitive campgrounds (Nat'l Forest mainly). Am I going to be comfortable in either of these places? I know there is a state forest campground in Wakemup Bay too, but no guarantee when I arrive at 8 or 9 pm Thursday there will be any sites. Also, this is my first visit to Vermilion - which end is easier for me to find fishable structure on? I'd like to catch a couple eatin' walleyes and some bass for fun. Thanks.

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fwp

Paul..both are nice campgrounds...very close together...McKinley park has nice view of lake...nice beach...Suzi and Jerry Chaibotti, the caretakers there are great people and will treat you like family...good luck and enjoy the big "V"

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Cliff Wagenbach

I agree with Phil on the McKinley Park Campground.Very nice people and close to some good walleye structure, but not primitive by any means.

I would guess that you would not have any problem getting a campsite at the other primative sites at this time of the year.

Cliff

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SledNeck

You might try moccasin point campground too. Its not camper to camper like mckinley...more suitable for a tent.

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PaulB

Thanks for the replies everybody. I think we're going to try Wakemup Bay SF park. Now if the weather cooperates we'll be all set. Is there bait anywhere near there?

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Inlander

I stopped by the state campground on wakemup bay in late July. I was surprised how many spaces were unused. The campground has over 30 spaces but only about 3 spaces were used so I anticipate it is an option if the others are full.

Also, it has a beach, dock and boat ramp.

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upnorth

We were up at Wake em up weekend the 1st part of the week. We got up there on Thursday around 5pm and there were plenty of spots open, I am guessing you will pretty much have your pick of sites.

Fishing was pretty good. Bait would either be at a resort called Polly's down the road or get it in Cook on your way in.

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caseymcq

There is a campsite maintained by the Superior National Forest east of the Trout Lake portage.

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Silver Scale

There are several boat in primitive campsites scattered around the lake. Some are on Federal land, some on State and all are free. There are also some day use sites but no camping is allowed there. They will be posted as such.

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PaulB

I'd love to do a boat in site sometime, but I'm not sure I can swing it this year. Need more practice camping simply I guess. Plus we're getting there late. Thanks again for all the information. Hopefully fishing will still be good and we won't have to open the 'emergency' can of ravioli.

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    • AlwaysFishing23
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      That's the plan. I'e gotten checked quite a few times this winter. It's good to see them out. Watched them get a couple guys last Thursday for too many lines, too many and illegal fish and using jawjackers... Sure is good seeing some of our money at work. Silly thing is the officer checked me 1st, then walked 50 yds to the other guys...  can' fix stupid I guess.
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