Isle Royale has 36 campgrounds located across the island. Campsites are accessible only by foot or watercraft. All campgrounds offer tent sites, a water source, and outhouses. Some campgrounds on Lake Superior offer shelters and picnic tables.
- Backpackers hike from one campground to another, usually traveling six to eight miles per day.
- Several campgrounds on the Lake Superior shoreline have docks for power boaters and sail boaters.
- Canoes and kayak campgrounds, located inland, are only accessible by non-motorized boats.
- For those looking for a more rugged and adventurous experience, cross-country camping is allowed with an additional permit addendum.
Permits are required for all overnight stays at campgrounds, cross country sites, docks, or at anchor, regardless of group size or method of travel.
- For a party of 6 or fewer (small-party), permits are obtained when you arrive in Rock Harbor, Windigo, or aboard Ranger III. When you arrive at a campground for the evening, campsites are selected on a first come, first served basis.
- For a part of 7 or more (group camping), groups must have advance reservations.
Permits should be displayed on a backpack when hiking and on a tent or shelter when at camp. Please follow camping regulations during your visit.