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On my bucket list I have always wanted to backpack in somewhere and sleep under the stars and witness the auroras.

I live near Columbus so I know it will be a decent drive but any suggestions without crossing into Canada?  I was looking at maybe Pictured Rocks in the UP?

Don't really want designated camping though...I just want to make camp on the lake somewhere away from people.

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Pictured Rocks is a reasonable destination idea.  I've backpacked there half a dozen times though and still never seen northern lights.  Been to Isle Royale once, other campers said they saw some, I didn't.  I wish it was something you could plan in advance.  

You mention crossing into Canada.  A slightly shorter drive but similar to Pictured Rocks is the Bruce Trail on the Bruce Peninsula.  I've been on the trail twice in the National Park and it's a tougher trail but just as scenic.  Still right on the lake so a chance at seeing northern lights.
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thanks for the info...do you have to have a passport to cross the border there?
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I have seen them from the public beach in Ontonagon in the UP, so the Lake Superior Trail in the Porkies is another possibility.

It's a bit of a haul from Columbus but the Boundary Waters would be another decent bet.
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I would think Pix Rox would be ideal with its unabated view of the northern horizon from its many beach-side campsites and the low level of ambient light from Munising.

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thanks for the info...do you have to have a passport to cross the border there?

To get into Canada you need either a passport or an enhanced driver's license if your state issues them.
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If you are willing to drive a few more hours the Boundary Waters in Minnesota would be ideal in mid-September.

Can't say too much about PR, but would think the Porkies would be another chance as previously stated. I did a trip to Isle Royale last fall and any campsite on the northern part of the island might be difficult due to the light coming from Thunder Bay 15-20 miles away.
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I think that Pictured Rocks might be a good choice. It's a long drive around the lake to get another 50 or 75 miles further north, a distance that is not likely to improve your chances by much.

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appreciate the perspective everyone...I think pix rox it is
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