A listener writes “From approximately 1996-2006, I did annual late October camping, biking, kayaking along Pictured Rocks Lakeshore west of Munising, Mi. On five of those trips, events happened that I dismissed at the time. But after finding postings about bigfoot in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, I went back and thought about those events. All five took place at the state forest campground at S. Gemini Lake, the last weekend in October, a beautiful time to be alone in the woods. No one else was in the campground or close by as far as I could determine.
The first event happened in 1996. I was sleeping in my van when something woke me around 1:00 AM. Then there were three hard knocks on the back of the van, near the roof. I was afraid and tried to shout but hardly anything came out. I calmed down and convinced myself that I had been dreaming and went back to sleep. Quiet the rest of the night.
The next year, again alone, again the middle of the night, I awoke to hear bipedal footsteps. The campground road is hard dirt and weeds so whatever made the sound seemed quite heavy. I told myself it was a bear and went back to sleep. Again quiet the rest of the night.
The next three events happened when I was with a friend. On two occasions, two separate years, we pulled into S. Gemini after dark, late, maybe 10:00 PM. Five minutes into setup we heard a chatter of noises, a kind of up and down whooping, lasting 5-10 seconds. Immediately, I thought barred owl.
The final incident happened again about 1:00 AM. My friend was sleeping in his van. I was in a tent. I awoke to a low growl, very close, between the van and my tent. I thought bear and shouted a feeble shout. The growl stopped.
I never checked for prints or any other signs because I rationalized each event. I’m sending this email now, wondering if other people had similar experiences in the S. Gemini Lake / Pictured Rocks areas. Don’t know if I had actual encounters but it might be interesting to compare notes.”