Timber Wolf, Lake Superior, Ontario


A lone timber wolf greets
paddlers along the north shore
of Lake Superior, Canada
(Photo by Michael Neiger)

 

The road
is always shorter
when two people
walk it.
  -- Irish Proverb

The Rucksack Masthead
By Michael A. Neiger (aka: LandNavMan), Marquette, Michigan
Wilderness tripper: backpacking, winter camping, swift-water canoeing
Web site URL: http://therucksack.tripod.com • E-mail: mneiger@hotmail.com
Contents copyright © 1984-2007 by Michael A. Neiger • All rights reserved.

 

 

Backpacking

Where to
backpack in
Michigan & Canada

By Michael A. Neiger
Copyright 2002
                                        

Last updated on November 28, 2007


Contents of page

   Michigan destinations
      Links
         Upper Peninsula
         Lower Peninsula
         Statewide directories
            General, State, Federal
      Books
   Canadian destinations
      Links
      Books


Looking for
wilderness tripping
equipment and
supplies?
For 100's of sources for wilderness tripping equipment and supplies, visit the sources for gear page on this Web site.

Need help
finding a book?
Trying to buy a new or used copy of a book, but can't locate one? Want to find a library somewhere in the country that will lend you the book at no cost? Then visit the handy book finder page on this Web site.

Recommend
a book, catalog,
or Web site
If you know of a useful outdoor-related book, catalog, or Web site not listed on this Web site, e-mail the book's title, subtitle, author, publisher, date of publication, and short description; or the catalog's address and phone number; or the Web site's URL to Michael Neiger at mneiger@hotmail.com.

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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore
   http://www.nps.gov/apis/

State Parks
   http://www.dnr.state.mi.us/ParkRegions.asp

Isle Royale National Park
   http://www.nps.gov/isro/index.htm

Grand Island National Recreation Area
   http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/hiawatha/ginra.html

Hiawatha National Forest
   http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/hiawatha/

North Country Trail Association
   http://www.northcountrytrail.org/

Ottawa National Forest
   http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/ottawa/

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore
   http://www.nps.gov/piro/

Seney National Wildlife Refuge
   http://www.exploringthenorth.com/seney/seney.html

 


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Huron-Manistee National Forest
   http://www.fs.fed.us/r9/hmnf/index.shtml

North Country Trail Association
   http://www.northcountrytrail.org/

North Country Trail Association--Harbor Springs Chapter
   http://northcountrytrail.org/hrb/Home.html

North & South Manitou Island
   Manitou Island Transit
   http://www.leelanau.com/manitou/islands

Sleeping Bear Dunes
   http://www.nps.gov/slbe/

State Parks & Recreation Areas
   http://www.dnr.state.mi.us/ParkRegions.asp

 


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State trail directories

Backpacker.com--The Web site of Wilderness Travel
   http://www.backpacker.com 
  Select "destinations"

Everything Michigan
   http://www.everythingmichigan.net/nat'l.htm
   Great links to state and national hiking opportunities in Michigan

Get Outdoors
   http://www.getoutdoors.com/

GORP--Adventure Travel
   http://www.gorp.com
   Select "destinations"

Michigan Trails and Greenways
   http://www.americantrails.org/resources/statetrails/MIstate.html

Michigan Trails and Hiking
   
Great Lakes Lightweight Backpacker
   http://members.tripod.com/halbertri/
   Select "connections" and "Michigan trails and hiking"

Peak to Peak Trail and Wilderness Links
   http://www.peaktopeak.net/

Pick A Trail
   http://www.pickatrail.com

TrailLink.com
   http://www.millenniumtrails.org/

Trails.com
   
http://www.trails.com
   Select "trail finder" tab, followed by United States then
   hiking, camping, or rails-to-trails

Wilderness Areas--GORP
   http://www.gorp.com/gorp/resource/us_wilderness_area/mi.htm

 

State agencies

Mackinac Bridge Authority
   http://www.mackinacbridge.org/

Michigan Department of Natural Resources
   http://www.dnr.state.mi.us/

 

Federal agencies

Army Corps of Engineers
   http://www.usace.army.mil/

Department of Interior
   http://www.doi.gov/

Fish and Wildlife Service
   http://www.fws.gov/

Geological Survey
   http://www.usgs.gov/

National Forest Service
   http://www.fs.fed.us/

National Park Service
   http://www.nps.gov/

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Federal Agency Directory
   
Louisiana State University
   http://www.lib.lsu.edu/gov/fedgov.html

 


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**Backpacking in Michigan, 2nd edition, by Pat Allen and Geral L. DeRuiter (University of Michigan Press, 1989)

Exploring North Manitou, South Manitou, High and Garden Islands of the Michigan Archipelago--A Hiking, Backpacking, and Historical Guide, by Robert H. Ruchhoft (The Pucelle Press, 1991)

40 Great Rail-Trails in Michigan, Illinois, and Indiana, by Roger Storm, Susan Wedzel, Karen-Lee Ryan, and Mike Ulm (Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 1994)

**50 Hikes in Michigan, 2nd edition, by Jim DuFresne (Backcountry Guides, 1999)

Guide to 199 Michigan Waterfalls, by Penrose (Friede Publications, 1996)

**Hiking Michigan, by Mike Modrzynski (Falcon Press Publishing Co., 1996)

Hiking in Michigan, by Roger Storm and Susan Wedzel (Human Kinetics, 1997)

Isle Royale National Park--Foot Trails and Water Routes, by Jim Dufresne (The Mountaineers, 1984)

Michigan State Parks, by Jim DuFresne (Mountaineers, 1998)

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore--A Guide, by Olive M. Anderson (Bayshore Press, 1994)

Porcupine Mountains Companion--Inside Michigan's Largest State Park, 3rd edition, by Michael Rafferty and Robert Sprague (Nequaket Natural History Associates, 1996)

Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park--A Backcountry Guide for Hikers, Backpackers, Campers, and Winter Visitors, 2nd edition, by Jim DuFresne (Thunder Bay Press, 1999)

Scenic Highlights at the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and Adjacent Areas, by Richard W. Holzman (Royal Gallery, 1990)

The Official Rails-to-Trails Conservancy Guidebook--MI, IN, IL, OH, by Roger Storm (Globe Pequot Press, 2000)

Trail Atlas of Michigan--Mountain Biking, Hiking, Cross-Country Skiing, and Nature Trails, by Dennis R. Hansen (Hansen Pub., 1999)

 


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Backpacker.com--The Web site of Wilderness Travel
   http://www.backpacker.com
   Select "destinations"

Canadian Hiking Opportunities by Chet Fromm
   
http://www.geocities.com/yosemite/1140/outside.html

GORP--Adventure Travel
   http://www.gorp.com
   Select "destinations"

Hike Ontario
   http://www.hikeontario.com/

Lake Superior Provincial Park
   http://www.mnr.gov.on.ca/MNR/parks/lakes.html

Ontario Pathways
   http://www.ontariopathways.org/

Ontario Trails and Greenways
   http://www.americantrails.org/resources/statetrails/Ontariostate.html

Ontario Trails Council
   http://www.ontariotrails.on.ca/

Pukaskwa Provincial Park
   http://parkscanada.pch.gc.ca/parks/ontario/
pukaskwa/Pukaskwa_e.htm

Sentier National Trail
   http://www.alpineclubofcanada.ca/trails/index.html

Thunder Bay Hiking Association
   http://www.tbha.baynet.net/

TrailPAQ
   http://www.trailpaq.com/index.htm

Trails.com
   
http://www.trails.com
   Select "trail finder" tab, followed by Canada,
   then hiking, camping, or rails-to-trails

Trans Canada Trail
   http://www.tctrail.ca/

Voyageur Trail Association
   http://www3.sympatico.ca/voyageur.trail

 


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Algonquin Park--Visitors Guide, by W. Van Sickle. Covers hiking trails within park.

Canada’s National Parks, by M. Stephenson. Covers 34 national parks & park reserves in Canada.

Complete Guide to Backpacking in Canada, revised, by Elliot Katz (Doubleday, 1990)

** Complete Guide to Walking in Canada (Includes Day-Hiking and Backpacking), by Elliot Katz (Firefly Books, 2001)

Day-Hiking and Backpacking in Ontario, by Ellis Roddick (Greey De Pencier, 1976)

Exploring Algonquin Park, by Jane Kates (Douglas and McIntyre, 1983)

Hiking in Ontario, by Tracey Arial (Ulysses Travel Publications, 2000)

Killarney, by Kevin Callan. Covers hiking trails in park.

Ontario Provincial Parks Trail Guide, by Allen MacPherson (Boston Mills Press, 1999)

Voyageur Hiking Trail Guidebook (Voyageur Trail Association, 1998)

 


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In God's wilderness lies the hope of the world,
the great, fresh, unblighted, unredeemed wilderness.
 
— John Muir 1838-1914, Alaska Wilderness, 1890

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