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Hi everyone. I am looking for a destination in the midwest to camp and hike. What I'm after is a secluded spot near a lake or river with hills or mountains. I have two dogs I would like to be able to have off leash for most the time. Beautiful scenery and wildlife would be a plus too. Thanks for any tips.
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McCormick Wilderness in the U.P.
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Shawnee NF in southern IL. Check out One Horse Gap Lake.

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What time of year and where in the midwest?  McCormick Wilderness could definitely be a choice for lakeside camping and low chance of running into anyone.  There's probably some sections of the NCT in the U.P. that are lightly traveled.  The Border Route Trail in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness seemed lightly traveled for what five miles or so I hiked on it in a September - only passed 2 people and the trail could definitely use a little more love.  Lots of water around you and some decent lookouts.
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"The Midwest" only narrows it down to a few thousand places.

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I hike with my dog but finding a place that allows dogs off-leash is difficult.  McCormick has no restrictions, all state parks do.  I've hike the Porkies with my dog off-leash, but it IS against the rules.

There are some sections of the NCT in Northern Wisconsin that are pretty remote and near/on lakes or rivers.
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If you are looking at the UP.  I would look into Pictured Rock NLS.   Great hike.

Check out a like from our trip a couple years back.  

http://outdoorunion.weebly.com/pictured-rocks-nls.html


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If you are looking at the UP. I would look into Pictured Rock NLS. Great hike.

Check out a like from our trip a couple years back.

http://outdoorunion.weebly.com/pictured-rocks-nls.html

Pictured Rocks doesn't allow dogs period. Let alone possibly getting away with letting them off leash.

I too have let my dogs roam during parts of Porcupine Mts. hiking, while visiting outside of summer, I didn't think I was the only one. :cool:
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