Barry travels into the U.P. wilderness with author William Bjork who has documented the old Upper Peninsula camps.
"Bill" & wife Fran take us on a journey into the past when hundreds of such camps were throughout this part of michigan..both hunting and vacation camps.

Bill writes:
The Camps U.P. North is a brief history of the old logging and hunting camps of Northern Marquette County in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Most were constructed between 1880 and 1910, a testament to our immigrant fathers who came to Michigan to work the iron mines and find a better way of life. With them came their love of nature and the desire to have a place of their own in the woods.
This "History in the Woods" was a labor of love for me since my father was one of those immigrant miners and great woodsmen. Many of the stories my father and uncle told about living off the land and the people who frequented them are included in the book. The Camps U.P. North is truly their story!
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    • paulla smith
      paulla smith

      missing411 How many went missing in Michigan's wilderness areas? Hunters, campers, hikers, children? I know of some...wondering how far back in the past this has been happening...

      about 8 months ago
    • miman 48647
      miman 48647

      A metal detector would be interesting around there

      about 10 months ago
    • Larry Fine
      Larry Fine

      The UP is truly GOD'S COUNTRY!!!

      about 11 months ago
    • joseph atkinson
      joseph atkinson

      I haven't hear your show very very long time/ how are you doing?

      about 1 year ago
    • DB Cooper
      DB Cooper

      how nice no gangs no drive by's no riots no illegals being treated better than the average American sounds nice to me!!

      about 1 year ago
    • 4 Real Rider
      4 Real Rider

      Thanks SOOOOO much for your hard work and effort! These memories from all these camps deserve to be carried on!

      about 1 year ago
    • One Shot
      One Shot In reply to 4 Real Rider

      Awesome. Im 66. , the antler lodge, near gay mich.the camps gone, just billy dwyer, bill ninis
      And me.larry
      Magical moments,

      about 9 months ago
    • John Cronin
      John Cronin

      Is there any big foots up there?

      about 1 year ago
    • Keko Sunny
      Keko Sunny In reply to John Cronin

      John Cronin .. no dogman or big foot its all craziness

      about 9 months ago
    • Ƿódenson

      Form new Hunt Clubs, start crowdfunding pages to fund buying the old properties to save and restore the one's not completely gone yet, and if possible rebuild one's that are gone using the photos of the book, a worthy goal I believe.

      about 2 years ago
    • Jason Schwartz
      Jason Schwartz In reply to Ƿódenson

      The problem is millenials don't like to hunt and wolves have hurt the deer herd bad in recent years. I do like your idea anyway.

      about 1 year ago
    • forest hiker
      forest hiker

      I'm so glad to stumble on this video, and cannot wait to read your book! Another treasure trove of history regarding our spectacular Upper Peninsula.... Well done!

      about 2 years ago
    • Knetters Practical Outdoors
      Knetters Practical Outdoors

      For two more abandoned U.P. hunting camps check out my "Scenes From A Deer Camp 2016" vid.  Thanks for sharing.  KPO

      about 2 years ago
    • Ken Kunz
      Ken Kunz

      That was very interesting.

      about 2 years ago
    • jjmckay6man1

      Thanks for sharing this! I am going to have to order that book!

      about 2 years ago
    • Greg Kerr
      Greg Kerr

      Really enjoyed the video. My Grandfather raised his family in the town of Ironwood. My Dad was born in 1920 and had 5 brothers and a sister. Grandpa was a fireman on the Chicago Northwestern Railroad, and in those days Grandpa and the older boys would take the train out into the wilderness where the engineer would drop them off in the middle of nowhere at some creek crossing or place where Grandpa and his buddies had a camp and the family would hunt and fish for a few days and then be picked back up by the train. The benefits of working for the railroad in the old days! Can't imagine that goes on today. Grandpa also bought 80 acres of some old cutover land north of town where they hunted and fished out of an old loggers cabin located there. World War Two ended the family's time up there as all but one of the brothers went down to the Detroit or Ann Arbor area to get high paying jobs at defense plants which were re-arming the U.S. as well as supplying countries like England, though we were not at war yet. All five brothers served in WWII, including my Dad. My Grandparents and their two youngest moved down to Ypsilanti and never returned to Ironwood. Grandpa held on to that land and ended up giving it to my Dad. My Dad died in 2008 and now the land is mine. I've only been up there several times but loved the area. No cabin on the land anymore, though I did find where it used to be and the only thing standing was the old cast Iron stove! I found my Great Grandparents grave sites at the cemetery there in Ironwood near the river. I've lived in Georgia since 1970 when Dad retired from the Army ( he had been drafted in WWII and got out at war's end and returned to Ypsilanti, but he was recalled for Korea and ended up staying in for a career and also served in Vietnam). Having moved all around when I was young and hearing the tales of growing up in Ironwood and knowing we still owned the land, made me feel that Ironwood was my ancestral home. I will never sell the land and I hope my kids will hang on to it. Who knows, maybe one day some descendants of mine will opt to live up there!

      about 2 years ago
    • Jeffrey Diehl
      Jeffrey Diehl In reply to Greg Kerr

      And you're not there, I would have

      about 1 year ago
    • Milwaukee Tweed
      Milwaukee Tweed In reply to Greg Kerr

      Greg Kerr get up there!

      I love the south but nothing can compare to the Northwoods.

      about 1 year ago
    • bushrat

      awesome howdoI get THEBOOK?

      about 2 years ago
    • underworld urbex
      underworld urbex

      awsome video:) i subscribed subscribe back?

      about 3 years ago