• The tower of the Au Sable Light Station against a summer blue sky. Photo © Craig Blacklock

    Pictured Rocks

    National Lakeshore Michigan

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Drive-in Camping

Twelvemile Beach Campground is on lovely stretch of Lake Superior shoreline.
Twelvemile Beach
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Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore campsites provide a picnic table, fire grate, and tent pad. Solar-powered wells provide water. Vault toilets are available.

Camping is on a first-come, first-serve basis (no reservations) with an overnight fee of $14 with lakeside sites at Twelvemile Beach Campground $16/night. Holders of the America The Beautiful Senior Pass (62 and older) and the America The Beautiful Access Pass (disabled) receive a 50% discount.

Weather permitting, campground services are normally available and fees collected beginning the Friday on or just prior to May 15 through the Monday on or just after October 31. The campgrounds may be used year round.

Because of the popularity of these campgrounds, a mid-morning arrival is suggested. You may also wish to identify an nearby campground in your plans as the national lakeshore campgrounds are often full, especially on weekends and all of July and August.

Disabled accessible campsites are available at each campground and are reserved for disabled campers until 6 p.m. each evening. If they are not filled by 6 p.m., other campers may occupy the disabled accessible campsite for that night only.

The lakeshore's campgrounds are rustic and do not have electric, telephone, water, or sewer hookups. Typically there is no cell phone reception.

Campground quiet hours are 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. There are generator-free areas at Twelvemile Beach and Hurricane River Campgrounds.

Drive-in Campsite photo gallery Backcountry Camping
Firewood and Campfires
Be Bear Aware site bulletin (pdf) Leave No Trace
Campground Rules and Regulations (pdf) Pets at Pictured Rocks
Drive-in Campground site bulletin (pdf) Volunteer as a Campground Host


 
Campsite at Little Beaver Lake Campground in the summertime.

Little Beaver Lake Campground

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Little Beaver Lake Campground
This small campground is located 3 miles north of Alger County Road H-58 and 20 miles northeast of Munising.

Little Beaver Lake Campground has 8 campsites on this beautiful inland lake. One campsite is disabled accessible.

Little Beaver also features the White Pine Trail, a 1.0 mile self-guiding interpretive trail. A 1.5 mile trail leads to Lake Superior and connects with the North Country National Scenic Trail.

A small boat ramp is available for launching boats. Only electric motors are permitted on Little Beaver Lake and Beaver Lake.

Single unit vehicles in excess of 36 feet and vehicle/trailer combined units in excess of 42 feet are prohibited at Little Beaver because of the small campsites and the narrow, twisting, hilly access road.
Campsite photo gallery

 
A campsite at Hurricane River Campground waits patiently for visitors.

Hurricane River Campground

NPS photo/Chris Case

Hurricane River Campground
This campground is located 12 miles west of Grand Marais on County Road H-58 on the shores of Lake Superior.

Eleven campsites are available in the lower campground loop, and ten in the upper loop. Both loops include one disabled accessible campsite. Several campsites are designated as generator-free.

The Hurricane River flows into Lake Superior near the picnic area. A level 1.5 mile walk on the North Country Trail east from the lower campground leads past shipwreck remnants to the historic Au Sable Light Station.

Because the turning radius and some parking site lengths are limited within this campground, we recommend single vehicles no more than 36 feet and vehicle/trailer combined length no more than 42 feet. Campsite photo gallery
 
Camping rig at Twelvemile Beach Campground.

Twelvemile Beach Campground

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Twelvemile Beach Campground
This campground is located 15 miles west of Grand Marais off Alger County Road H-58.

The campground's 36 sites are located on a high sandy plateau above Twelvemile Beach on Lake Superior. There are two disabled accessible campsites. Generator use is prohibited in the campground's west loop.

There are three sets of stairs to the beach as well as a day use picnic area and parking. The two mile long White Birch Interpretive Trail begins and ends at the campground. The North Country National Scenic Trail treks through the campground. The entrance road winds through a picturesque stand of white birch.

Because the turning radius and some parking site lengths are limited within this campground, we recommend single vehicles no more than 36 feet and vehicle/trailer combined length no more than 42 feet. Campsite photo gallery
 
Nearby Campgrounds
There are many campgrounds near Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in the Hiawatha National Forest and the Lake Superior State Forest. Many Michigan State Parks have campgrounds, but the closest park is 50+ miles from the National Lakeshore.

Reservations are possible at several Hiawatha National Forest campgrounds through www.recreation.gov

In general, only privately-owned campgrounds take reservations or have hookups. Please contact these visitor organizations for further information.

Alger County Chamber of Commerce
www.algercounty.org

Grand Marais Chamber of Commerce
www.grandmaraismichigan.com

Upper Peninsula Travel and Recreation Association
www.uptravel.com
 
 

Did You Know?

Chapel Lake is shown with fall colors, a beautifu view of the northwoods in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

Chapel Lake is one of several plunge pool lakes created by post glacial rivers after the Marquette advance of the most recent ice age. Its greatest depth is 140 feet. Other plunge pool lakes include Deer Lake and Ginpole Lake in Alger County, home of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. More...