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    Midwest Hang?

    Is there any interest in calling a Northern Mississippi Valley / Midwest Hang, and does anyone have any good suggestions for location? Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan circumference?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FishinFinn View Post
    Is there any interest in calling a Northern Mississippi Valley / Midwest Hang, and does anyone have any good suggestions for location? Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan circumference?
    I've been eyeing the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois as a possible location for camping but haven't gotten there yet. I believe you can rough camp off trail. That's a bit far though for MN and WI.

    Location-wise, the Starved Rock State Park in IL would work for you, me, and perhaps IA folks. About 50 miles south-west-west from Chicago. Camping in a standard camp ground but with some nice short walks with river views nearby. Key issue is that I'm unsure about IL DNR attitude towards hammocks.

    I wonder if there is somewhere deeper north in WI, up into the Dells maybe?

    Grizz

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    There is also the Hoosier National Forest in Indiana. I have also hike once in the Shawnee. That's pretty too. I would be interested in going anywhere you all decide, but if you do ever want to come to Indiana, I could host the hike, planning, etc. Mule
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    Midwest Hang.

    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post
    I've been eyeing the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois as a possible location for camping but haven't gotten there yet. I believe you can rough camp off trail. That's a bit far though for MN and WI.

    Location-wise, the Starved Rock State Park in IL would work for you, me, and perhaps IA folks. About 50 miles south-west-west from Chicago. Camping in a standard camp ground but with some nice short walks with river views nearby. Key issue is that I'm unsure about IL DNR attitude towards hammocks.

    I wonder if there is somewhere deeper north in WI, up into the Dells maybe?

    Grizz
    Quote Originally Posted by skskinner View Post
    There is also the Hoosier National Forest in Indiana. I have also hike once in the Shawnee. That's pretty too. I would be interested in going anywhere you all decide, but if you do ever want to come to Indiana, I could host the hike, planning, etc. Mule
    Both options are doable for me, Illinois or Indiana - Shawnee is a little far for a long weekend though - probably 7-9 hours of drive time at least. Hoosier might be just as far as the Shawnee. I guess either would depend on when and how long. As far as Wisconsin goes, I know plenty of trails with wilderness camping in far northern Wisconsin, but they are too far for any of us on a long weekend - 8 hours just for me to get there. Even some Island hiking on Lake Superior - my home stomping grounds, very cool, but too far.

    There is Devil's Lake near Baraboo / WI Dells, which has some great cliffs and part of the IAT, but it's campground camping, but does have group camping sites which are a little more remote from the main campground. Wyalusing in SW Wisconsin is one of the prettiest campgrounds, overlooking the Mississippi / Wisconsin River convergence near Prairie Du Chein, but again a campground type situation but also has group camping sites and 27 miles of trail. All of the Wisconsin campground trails are short until they get the Ice Age Trail all hooked together. I might have to do a scouting trip if anything trips anybody's trigger.

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    Wisconsin sounds good to me, Iowa as well. Certainly closer to me than any of the other hangs have been. Keep me posted as to a potential Midwest hang.

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    Does anyone know anything about Iowa?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FishinFinn View Post
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    Iowa Hang

    yeah but our corn is really big.

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    Bluff country in the northeast corner is nice. Turkey river country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post
    I've been eyeing the Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois as a possible location for camping but haven't gotten there yet. I believe you can rough camp off trail. That's a bit far though for MN and WI.

    Location-wise, the Starved Rock State Park in IL would work for you, me, and perhaps IA folks. About 50 miles south-west-west from Chicago. Camping in a standard camp ground but with some nice short walks with river views nearby. Key issue is that I'm unsure about IL DNR attitude towards hammocks.

    I wonder if there is somewhere deeper north in WI, up into the Dells maybe?

    Grizz
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