This hallowed site was where Ernest Hemingway camped and gathered impressions that would later appear in his famous short story, Big Two-Hearted River. He changed the name to the river that’s to the east, possibly because it was more romantic and fit the message of his story, or to protect the site where he really camped. But it was here, camped beside the now-abandoned railroad tracks, that the thoughts he put to paper first came.
Be sure to stop by the historical marker in the campground, placed by the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association, denoting the site and Hemingway’s visit. There is also good brook trout fishing in the river.
Drive to Grand Marais on Lake Superior, a few miles north, a cute U.P. community. Grand Marais is also the site of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore’s eastern entrance.