After the Winnebago rally in Forest City, our next planned stop was Duluth, MN. After 10 days of camping without sewer hookups and not being to do any laundry, we first made a short detour south for one night to Clear Lake, IA We had stayed at the campground before and knew it had good laundry facilities. If you are in the area, it is a nice place to visit. It is the last place where Buddy Holly performed. The hall he performed in can be toured and has numerous artifacts of his visit. Just outside of town, the crash site where he and his band perished is a short walk down a farm lane. We visited here in the past and you can read about it here.
This time it was a just a logistic stop and the laundry is still good.
The next morning we headed for Duluth, again without reservations. On the way north, Anneke found a campground located on the waterfront in town. In fact it is on the grounds of a marina with a view of the famous lift bridge which is among the top attractions in Duluth.
It is also close to the nightlife district and the highly popular pier park area. We walked to the entertainment district, which is across the lift bridge. As luck would have it we were able to observe the bridge opening twice during our walk .If you are looking for a close in scenic place to camp, the RV park in the Lakehead boat basin is it.
Some years back, I was aboard a 1000 foot Great Lakes freighter when we passed thru the bridge. It was quite a sight.