Transportation Only Options

May 30-June17, 2017

Say what? Ten bucks?

Trailspotters & Upper Peninsula Outfitters
is owned by Thomas Funke,
Author of 50 Hikes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula and 50 Hikes on the North Country Trail.

Only need transportation?
We offer Charters, Transportation Network (“uber”), and Rescues


We provide transportation for up to six persons & gear
One signed copy of 50 Hikes in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula & One killer map of Pictured Rocks. 

The following schedule applies to dates: May 1-29; June 19-October 31

Departs Munising 600AM 

Departs Grand Marais 800 AM

Departs Munising 1000AM

Departs Grand Marais 600PM*

Departs Munising 800PM*

*Monday-Thursday. Contact us if interested in a Fri-Sun. We’ll see what we can do. 

Other times and departures available by special arrangement.

Cost: $129 for the group

(Add on trip insurance for $9’day)

Must be made four days in advance.

Yooper Ooper (uber)

(Memorial Day Weekend to Labor Day Weekend)

Yooper UBER / On Demand (“Dude, like, can you come get me right now?”)
We are a Transportation Network Company just like UbER & Lyft. You request a ride, via the internet or phone AP. We will send a driver if one is available. Yooper Ooper cannot be scheduled before noon day before service or more than 24 hours in advance. 
This service is not guaranteed, it is based on driver and vehicle availability. We utilize our staff, vehicles, and equipment FIRST and FOREMOST for customers who made advance, pre-paid reservations. If we have extra drivers and vehicles available, we open it up to Yooper Ooper.
You must make your request and payment via the internet. It is a violation of Michigan State Law to take TNC requests over the phone.
We strongly encourage you to make a pre-paid, reservation for a charter or one of our packages. However, we understand there may be circumstances where Yooper Ooper is your only option, for example:
  • You just finished your hike and need a ride back to your car
  • You decided the last second to hike, drove up today, just pulled your permits, and need a ride right now
  • You need to be rescued from the hike you are on and brought back to your car
  • You cannot conform to our charter schedule
Cost:  Service charge of $25 + Driving Rate of $1.50 mile + 0.18 minute driving + $0.75 standing. (We use Lyft Plus for our Driving Rates). There is a minimum charge to cover deadhead miles.  Keep in mind that we are driving great distances (an average Yooper Ooper is 110 miles) to serve you with this option. When you use Uber or Lyft in an urban setting, distances are much shorter and the amount you pay is typically under $20.
You will submit a request via our webpage telling us the pick up time, pick up location, and drop off location, with a $25 payment. Within five minutes, we will either confirm your request or let you know it is not available. If we are able, we will also tell you the approximate cost of your Yooper Ooper. You have five minutes to accept or decline. If you decline, we will refund back the $25 payment. If you accept, we will send a driver with an approximate pick up time and bill you after the ride is complete and email you the cost. If you do not answer, we interpret this an an acceptance. If you cancel within five minutes of departure, we will only keep the $25. If you cancel after five minutes or are a no show, we will bill you for miles/time our driver travelled.

Click here to Request the Yooper OOPER!


We guarantee this service for our customers who take out a Trip Rescue Insurance. It is not available to Non-Customers.
You must request your rescue using the DeLorme InReach Device.

Q. Didn’t you offer just plain ‘ol shuttle service with specific departure points, times, priced by person?

A. Yes, we used to. But not any longer and here is why.

Contact us 1.386.CARSPOT or

Looking to make a reservation? Consider making it online.
Click here to make an online reservation.
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