July 11th, 2009 @ 23:46:32 | 12 Comments
Misery Bay. The name begs for answers. I don’t have them. What I do have is a good beach to tell you about. Misery Bay is not just a good beach… and I will intentionally leave that statement open. 🙂
Misery Bay is just West of Toivola in the western UP The Misery River empties here into the lake, on a NNW facing bay which is somewhat protected on the lee side of Wolf Point. From Toivola, the Misery Bay Road is 11 or so miles of scenic byway to a remote parking area where a short hike will reveal this beach of misery. Misery? Unlikely. Beach of beauty… miles of sugar sand stretching in either direction. The water is usually calm, and the temps are average. Its a great beach for a day trip, but there’s no legal camping on the beach. A DNR boat launch is just up the road along the river, and a campsite or two may be available there, but nothing fancy. Misery Bay is surely one of the best beaches I have to recommend. Its one of those “wow” beaches you need to experience to understand.
I feel like this is an appropriate time to mention another beach which I did not include on my tour but is deserving of mention. Sleeping Bay is the next bay West of Misery Bay, around the rocky point. It is more difficult to get to because all roads in are private, and the walk is far. For someone willing to take a hike though, it is worth the effort. I drove around on some old roads West of Misery Bay trying to find a way in to Sleeping Bay and was lucky enough to run into someone who owned property close to the beach. So I was able to drive back and get close, then I went for a nice run out to the point and then all the way along the beautiful sandy shore. It was an experience I cannot forget – not that I want to. It was simply amazing that such a secluded beach could exist and stretch for miles along the UP wild shoreline. I was alone… not really. But there I was with miles of gorgeous beach all to myself, and it felt good. It was laugh-out-loud good, which I did as I jogged to a stop and sat on a hunk of driftwood. Ever feel like God is telling you “I told you so” ?? That’s how I felt at Sleeping Bay – “Yup, that is good, indeed.” I don’t think I’ll ever forget my little trip to Sleeping Bay. But what really strikes me – in the grand scheme of things, its just a beach.