Backpacking & Camping

Moskey Basin shelter
Moskey Basin shelter


Isle Royale has 36 campgrounds located across the island. Campsites are accessible only by foot or watercraft. Typically, campers backpack from one campground to another, traveling six to eight miles per day. Several campgrounds on the Lake Superior shoreline have docks for power boaters and sail boaters. Other campgrounds, located inland, are only accessible by non-motorized boats such as canoes and kayaks. All campgrounds offer tent sites, a water source, and outhouses. Some of the campgrounds located on the Lake Superior shoreline offer shelters and picnic tables. Visitors must pack out all trash.

Permits are required for all overnight stays at campgrounds, cross country sites, docks, or at anchor, regardless of group size or method of travel. Campsites are on a first come, first serve basis for small-parties of 6 or less. Groups of 7 - 10 must have advance reservations. Permits should be displayed on backpack when hiking, and on your tent or shelter when at camp. Be sure to follow all camping regulations during your visit.


Last updated: October 18, 2018

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Houghton, MI 49931


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