Trip #3: Beaver Lake Basin
The trail from Chapel to Beaver Lake leads you away from the lakeshore’s crowds—a relative term up here, especially in September. As this stretch of the coast moves from cliffs down to the Beaver Lake basin, it’s punctuated by several intimate lagoons surrounded by rock ledges and flanked with sandy beaches.
Arrive at Little Beaver Campground to set up camp and maybe do some fishing. July, August and Labor Day weekend this 8-site campground fills early in the day, so during those months plan on booking a room in Munising or being prepared to backcountry camp at the nearby Coves site if you’ll be arriving late in the day (see Need to Know, page 63).
After breakfast grab your day pack and hop the Altran shuttle (see Need To Know on how to make reservations) to the Chapel trailhead. You’ll be hiking the 8.5 miles back to your campsite past the Chapel beach and falls area and Spray falls–where you can throw a stick into the river and watch it kamikaze down to Lake Superior. Stop for lunch at one of the trail’s sweet lagoon beaches.
Strike out east for a there-and-back morning hike along Twelvemile Beach.