Start planning as far in advance as possible six months if youre planning to camp on weekends in michigan beach parks, 11 months in wisconsin parks. This guide will help you map the perfect itinerary with suggested food, lodging, hikes, waterfalls, cruises, lighthouses, and more outdoor activities. Founded at the end of the 18th century, cleveland later became a manufacturing center owing to its proximity to water. It was the brainchild of jack morgan, who worked for the michigan department of transportation. Rv campgrounds are plentiful as are great dining establishments and unique gift shops and regional attractions. Scientists discover a great garbage patch in lake erie.
In the shadow of the giant in a provincial park wrapped by lake superior, campers exult in beauty. The southernmost of the official circle tours, the lake erie circle tour runs the entire length of southwestern ontarios southern shore. Lake erie journal is the first travel guide to the designated lake erie circle tour, a 700mile marked driving route along the lakeshore in ohio. The great lakes of north america, which span 750 miles from east to west, form the largest fresh water system on earth. In 1825, completion of new york states legendary erie canal connected the hudson river at albany with lake erie at buffalo, creating the empire state and opening the interior of the continent to settlement and commerce. Lake superiors greatest hits with this nineday itinerary, take in the highlights of the magnificent circle tour. This is not suprising when you take into account the relatively small amount of lake erie shoreline in michigan. The trail consists of a series of designated roads and highways that travel along the saint lawrence seawayspecifically, lake erie, the niagara river, lake. The lect enters from ohio and departs for ontario only fifty miles later.
Ohios north shore of lake erie can be divided into two parts. Join us aboard the sam patch, a replica packet boat, for cruise through history, featuring the signature canal experience of passing through a century old lock. Lake huron circle tour roadrunner motorcycle touring. It was the brainchild of jack morgan, who worked for. The lake superior circle tour is a 1,300mile route around the worlds largest freshwater lake, taking travelers past soaring cliffs, sandy beaches, dazzling waterfalls and northern forests. Hi, im hoping to spend about 6 or 7 days circumnavigating lake erie in september. Heres a nineday, eightnight circle tour of lake michigan that takes in the highlights. Years ago, we drove around lake michigan and had a fantastic time in the upper peninsula, door county in wisconsin, and walking along the lake michigan shoreline in chicago, illinois. You can chose the readymade 8 day itinerary or customize your own using our list of accommodations and attractions or the interactive route planner. Dedicated to the past, present and future of the great lakes circle tour routes. I am trying to come up with a road trip for next summer and one of the ideas rattling around in my head is taking about 910 days and circling lake ontario and staying a night or two at various points of interest nearby. The lake huron circle tour is one of four great lakes circle tours, each of which run through portions of michigan. Lake erie connector adventure cycling route network.
Special thanks to bob gairing for sharing photo highlights from the tour with us. A timed rally for motorcycles and scooters under 250cc, ride all the way around lake erie in one day 650 miles. The lake erie circle tour offers landscapes in michigan, ohio, pennsylvania, new york, and ontario. The great lakes circle tours are a total of four routes circling each great lake, with the exception of lake ontario.
Youll cruise near such treasures as niagara falls and cedars point. Great lakes tour erie begins and ends at one of the worlds most magnificent natural wonders, niagara falls. The lect is also the shortest of the the circle tour routes within ontario. The great lakes tour is a circle road trip route through the united states and canada to scenic destinations along lakes superior, michigan, huron, ontario, and erie. These highways are usually the closest to the lake. The ohio turnpike toll road runs along the lake at a short distance, but traveling along ohio routes 2 and 5 brings travelers closer to the water and through the small and large towns along the way. The city straddles the cuyahoga river on the southern shore of lake erie. Of the four great lakes circle tour routes, the lake erie circle tour is the most recent designated c. The easternmost route, the lake ontario circle tour, begins in the thousand islands region of new york and ontario. The lhct was officially designated soon after the debut of the lake michigan and lake superior circle tours. About lake superior circle tour lake superior circle tour.
Beyond the ottawa national wildlife refuge, the shore comes into view as i notice small marinas scattered by the roadside. Explore detroit, cleveland, buffalo, and toronto, and spend some time admiring niagara falls and cuyahoga valley national park, plus a remarkable museum in the motor city. The lake michigan circle tour is roughly 1,100 miles long and would take 14. Guide to the official lake erie circle tour scott carpenter on. This website is intended to be a clearinghouse of information on the great lakes circle tours. Before long, i enter port clinton, a little town on the slope of a peninsula that jets into the lake. I would like some advice on where to go, and where to stopstay.
Here is the suggested route that i plan on taking for this. Great lakes circle tour lake superior circle tour lake. The lake erie connector is intended primarily as a shortcut that saves about 250 miles between the north lakes route near wolf lake, michigan, and the northern tier route at fort erie, ontario. Ride lake superior motorcycle tour ride lake superior. Enjoy the sites of niagara falls, rural ontario, ohios lake shore, and the rock and roll hall of fame as you circumnavigate lake erie. The great lakes tour explores two national treasures, lakes erie and lake ontario. The great lakes seaway trail, formerly named and commonly known as the seaway trail, is a 518mile 834 km national scenic byway in the northeastern united states, mostly contained in new york but with a small segment in pennsylvania. Read the trip reports from circle tour club members for tips on where to stay, what to do and even when to go.
Circle maker charters offers fun and family friendly walleye, perch and smallmouth bass fishing charters on lake erie. This is not suprising when you take into account the relatively small amount of. This 15day, touringpace ride averages 85 miles per day and crosses through 3 states and canada. The circle maker is a 31 foot sportcraft 3150 with a wide and stable ride to make your day enjoyable and comfortable. The links below lead to specific information and precise routings for each of the circle tours. Vacationers have been looping the lake for generations, but the official lake michigan circle tour route was not established until the 1980s when the michigan department of transportation teamed up with west michigan tourist association wmta to create the route and its official guidebook. With the shortest length of any of the great lakes circle tours in michigan, the lake erie circle tour runs through only two counties in southeast michigan. Afterwards, tell us about your trip and join the club yourself. Last month we decided it was time to do another aroundthegreatlake tour, this time around lake erie over memorial day weekend. Lake superior circle tour accommodations range from the affordable to the luxurious and many of these activities and experiences can be found in our associations free 88page, fullcolour lake superior circle tour adventure guide. Only have a few days, but would love to get to know one of the great lakes. Circle maker charters lake erie walleye, perch and. The best breaking news, stories, and events from the patch network of local news sites.
Tentatively i was thinking of spending a couple of nights in toronto, which is a. Giants of lake superior on a trip around the biggest lake, stop to see largerthanlife heroes and mascots. Our distinct 1,300mile circle tour by highway around the worlds largest and most famous freshwater lake will absolutely amaze your senses. The wife and i went on a ride with 15 other couples up and around the north shore of lake erie to niagara falls then up thru toronto to quebec city then over to moncton new brunswick back down to bangor maine then thru new york city to washington dc back up. This amazing figureeight tour of lake erie and lake ontario features riding into the great city centers of cleveland, toronto, and kingston. A long weekend road trip, circling lake erie this trip hits four u.
This website was designed and developed by thundertech. From its geological foundation to its role in building america, its lure for early settlers to its nearde. Connecting the north lakes and northern tier routes. I, on the other hand, am a textbook novice when it comes to motorcycle camping. The lake superior circle tour is a 1,300mile route around the worlds largest freshwater lake, taking travelers past soaring cliffs, sandy.
Sarah had been camping quite a bit with her family, so ms. Great lakes circle tour kelleys island is part of the 6,500mile great lakes circle tour. Lake michigan circle tour travel the lake michigan. Lake superior circle tour, lake michigan circle tour, lake huron circle tour, lake erie circle tour and great lakes seaway trail, from travel and tourism information to technical information about the routes themselves. From our location near cleveland, oh, travelers can circumnavigate lake erie in an rv, visiting many states and passing through canada on their journey. The lect follows state highways in the us states of new york, pennsylvania, ohio, and michigan and provincial highways in the canadian province of ontario. There are some incredible stretches of road you will want to double back on and do again. The state of michigan has signed each of the circle tours for the great lakes the state touches. The lake erie foundation is a nonprofit, taxexempt charitable organization under section 501c3 of the internal revenue code. The lake erie circle tour lect loops around lake erie following state and provincial highways. I would like to see lots of nice lake vistas, and also have a look a night or 2 in cleveland. The first section of the great lakes tour covers 582 miles in 8 cycling days 9 total. For me, i decided that i wanted to take a bit of the scenic route along lake erie i figured, what point is a lake erie loop tour if you dont have a beautiful view of the lake along the way. What sets the lhct apart, though, is this route is the only one touching just two jurisdictionsmichigan and ontario.
With the sun on my back, i parallel the southern end of lake erie, the fourth largest of the great lakes. Lake superiors changing moods and awesome power will thrill and fascinate you. The lake michigan circle tour was part of a plan that began in 1985 and included circle tours around all the great lakes. Lake erie cities and attractions on the great lakes circle. From its geological foundation to its role in building america, its lure for early settlers to its neardemise by industrial runoffs, lake erie is a shining example of ecological restoration and hope. Ride lake superior an epic motorcycle tour through ontario, michigan, wisconsin and minnesota. Visit lake erie coastal ohio, a journey through the history of lake erie. Here are 10 facts about superior, michigan, huron, erie, and ontario. Lake superior circle tour adventures around the worlds. The ride lake superior route takes you as close to the shoreline as possible while remaining on pavement. Lake superior circle tour ride along lake superior by. Ive been to niagara falls and toronto but nowhere else in the region on the canadian side.373 1588 1358 417 1436 878 791 569 499 753 1082 21 437 1553 481 1324 1154 1455 650 1441 966 1454 137 1638 1362 872 1394 322 469 238 339 703 1253 1065 620 279 541 740 174 1195