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Lake of the Clouds The resort report (and a centennial celebration) Michigan’s Upper Peninsula Travel & Recreation Association’s Fred Huffman says some of his area’s newest attractions are designed for the next generation of travelers. “Paddler’s Village is a kayaking paradise and a gateway resort to Grand Island National Recreation Area and the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The Rippling River Resort is located at the base of Mount Marquette and offers easy access to the Noquemanon Trail System and some of the finest mountain biking trails in the Midwest,” he says. Each resort has a community building with concessions, restrooms and hot showers. Guests can stay in cabins at either resort, and yurts and platform tents are a featured accommodation at Paddler’s Village. “Charcoal grills and picnic tables are located throughout the grounds, and there are fire pits for your evening campfire [that offer] a chance to meet new friends,” Huffman says. Michigan’s state park system will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2019, and nearly all of the Upper Peninsula’s state parks and DMOs are planning to participate in celebra- tory activities. “Many of the finest group tour attractions in the Upper Peninsula are located in our state parks, including Lake of the Clouds in the Porcupine Mountains State Wilderness Park and the Tahquamenon Falls in the Tahquamenon Falls State Park,” Huffman says. “Other attractions include Historic Fort Wilkins in Copper Harbor at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula and the Big Springs of Michigan in the Palms Book State Park near Manistique.” Event details for the 2019 celebration will be released at a later date. For more information, contact Huffman at groups@ uptravel.com or visit uptravel.com. NTAonline.com 41