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.




Where to
backpack in
Michigan & Canada

By Michael A. Neiger
Copyright 2002

Last updated on November 28, 2007

Contents of page

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

Looking for
wilderness tripping
equipment and
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.

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.

** Recommended


Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

State Parks

Isle Royale National Park

Grand Island National Recreation Area

Hiawatha National Forest

North Country Trail Association

Ottawa National Forest

Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Seney National Wildlife Refuge



Huron-Manistee National Forest

North Country Trail Association

North Country Trail Association--Harbor Springs Chapter

North & South Manitou Island
   Manitou Island Transit

Sleeping Bear Dunes

State Parks & Recreation Areas



State trail directories

Backpacker.com--The Web site of Wilderness Travel
  Select "destinations"

Everything Michigan
   Great links to state and national hiking opportunities in Michigan

Get Outdoors

GORP--Adventure Travel
   Select "destinations"

Michigan Trails and Greenways

Michigan Trails and Hiking
Great Lakes Lightweight Backpacker
   Select "connections" and "Michigan trails and hiking"

Peak to Peak Trail and Wilderness Links

Pick A Trail


   Select "trail finder" tab, followed by United States then
   hiking, camping, or rails-to-trails

Wilderness Areas--GORP


State agencies

Mackinac Bridge Authority

Michigan Department of Natural Resources


Federal agencies

Army Corps of Engineers

Department of Interior

Fish and Wildlife Service

Geological Survey

National Forest Service

National Park Service


Federal Agency Directory
Louisiana State University



**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)




Backpacker.com--The Web site of Wilderness Travel
   Select "destinations"

Canadian Hiking Opportunities by Chet Fromm

GORP--Adventure Travel
   Select "destinations"

Hike Ontario

Lake Superior Provincial Park

Ontario Pathways

Ontario Trails and Greenways

Ontario Trails Council

Pukaskwa Provincial Park

Sentier National Trail

Thunder Bay Hiking Association


   Select "trail finder" tab, followed by Canada,
   then hiking, camping, or rails-to-trails

Trans Canada Trail

Voyageur Trail Association




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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