Lake Michigan Travel Story Web Exclusive

Tom Kaiser: Managing Editor
Photos & Video: Chris Soash
June 1, 2012
Filed under RV Blog, Top Stories

This summer, Trailer Life staff went camping in state parks near the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes in northern Michigan. They decided to take a trip down to Muskegon and do some king salmon fishing, for a day, with Addiction Charters. This is what ensued. Addiction Charters is based out of Bluffton Bay Marina in Muskegon, MI. You can contact Captain Brian Hietala at 616-292-5823 or at

And, here are more photos from our Lake Michigan adventure – enjoy!

Sleeping Bear Dunes

Arriving at the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in the Leelanau Peninsula.

Sam and Fish

Sam Holzinger holding one of the largest fish we caught while out on Lake Michigan with Addiction Charters.

Salmon In Foil

Cooking up our fresh-caught salmon over the fire was easy: olive oil, butter, garlic, onion and lemon.

Muskegon Lake Muskegon

Most passengers stayed inside the cabin during the ferry ride, but people came out in droves as we approached the Michigan shoreline.

Muskegon Happy Couple

Enjoying the view...

Muskegon Crowd Gathers

A crowd gathers to scope out the shore, the anglers and the many boats as we approached Muskegon Lake.

Milwaukee Up Close

Milwaukee has a beautiful skyline and riverfront, so we scoped out the situation before boarding the Lake Express.

Milwaukee Museum

The Santiago Calatrava-designed Milwaukee Art Museum is one of the country's most beautiful structures.

Michigan Dune Hikers

Doing the Dune Climb (on a very hot day) at the Sleeping Bear Dunes.

Leland Historic District

After a strenuous hike, we enjoyed cooling off at the Leland Historic District for dinner and shopping along the boardwalk.

Leland Historic District 2

We had a delicious dinner at The Cove, which comes highly recommended from this crew.

Leelanau State Park

At the very tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, the Leelanau State Park is a fantastic campground, but has limited services for RV travelers.

Addiction Charters' Brian

Captain Brian from Addiction Charters in Muskegon - a very entertaining fishing guide who led us to fill our coolers with salmon.

Muskegon Fish Cleaning

For every fish, there is -- of course -- some cleaning to do.

Muskegon Fish Crew

We were quite pleased with our work - not bad for a half-day trip!

Muskegon Boats

The old boats that dot the shore are just one of the sites to see.


Catch of the day.

Muskegon Lake Express

The Lake Express is a much quicker, more exciting way to get across Lake Michigan - especially compared to braving Chicago's rush hour.

Muskegon Fish In Water

Reeling in dinner.

Muskegon Soash Reeling

Trailer Life Digital Media Manager Chris Soash showing off his non-computer-related skills.

Muskegon Dock Loading

Refreshments are necessary for any aquatic trip.

Muskegon Silversides

The Silversides along the lake.


The man-made falls within the Leland waterfront.

Michigan Lake Blur

It was a perfect day for fishing.

Michigan Tom Swim

The warm, aquamarine water of Lake Michigan was a great finish to the sweltering Dune Climb, as demonstrated by Managing Editor Tom Kaiser's enthusiasm.

Sam Jumping

Sam used the sand dunes to practice his acrobatic routine.


Both Manitou Islands are visible from the end of the Dune Climb.

Dune Walk

Is this really the Midwest?

Leelanau spiderweb

Kite Surfer

A kite surfer enjoying the day along the Michigan shore.

Milwaukee skyline

A particularly beautiful view of the Milwaukee skyline aboard the Lake Express high-speed ferry.



We named our little friend "Mantis" and wished we took him along on the rest of the trip.


Tom looking adventurous on the Milwaukee waterfront.

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