July 5th, 2009 @ 12:56:53 | 1 Comment
I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory about to be revealed to us. — Romans 8:18
Union Bay is in one of the many spectacular areas of the UP. To the West is the Porcupine Mountains State Park – so Presque Isle River (other side of the park, post #31) is the next accessible beach up the shoreline to the West. Union Bay is a really spectacular 2+ mile stretch of shoreline that includes a campground on the western edge, and beautiful sandy beaches to the East. The Porcupine Mountains have some of the nicest hiking trails in the UP. See the official website for more information about hiking. Here are links to maps showing the campground and beach. The beach is sandy and clean. The water is clean too. Great for a day trip, or a weekend!
The Union Bay / Porcupine Mountain campground is fairly nice. The park is well maintained and has a children’s play area, boat launch, basketball court and bath house. The campsites are spacious and have fire rings for those late-night campfires. The sites are diverse as well – full sun, shade, waterfront, wooded- this campground has it all. A reservation may be wise for the waterfront sites. The night sky is illuminated only by the moon and stars (no light pollution), so stargazing and watching the waves roll across the lake are natural activities.
One nice thing about this beach is that the waves are usually pretty good. Calm water can be nice too, but waves are more fun for swimming. I found a big boulder in the water and jumped in off of it.