Group Camping

A group of backpackers hike the Rock Harbor Trail along Rock Harbor Channel
A group of backpackers hike the Rock Harbor Trail along Rock Harbor Channel.

Advance reservations are required for groups of seven to ten individuals, including leaders. If your party exceeds ten, you must split into two groups, each independent and traveling on completely separate itineraries. Groups shall only camp in group campsite locations. Organizations may not have more than twenty people camping on the island at any one time and are limited to eighty people per year.

Isle Royale starts processing group camping requests on January 1. Requests are processed in the order they are received.

 

Permits, Reservations, & Fees

All group camping reservations must be made in advance. Prior to submission, please read the instructions for submitting a group camping reservation request. There is a non-refundable group camping processing fee of $25 charged for each permit issued. In addition, a $4 per person, per calendar day user fee applies to all visitors 12 years of age and older.

Commercial groups such as "for profit" camps, outfitters, tour groups and any operation providing goods, activities, or services to the general public within the park, and which is undertaken for or results in compensation, monetary gain, benefit or profit to an individual, organization or corporation must obtain a Commercial Use Authorization (CUA). The CUA fee is $200. More information can be found online or by calling (906) 482-0984.

 

Group Camping General Information

The Group Camping Guide includes additional information about group camping in the park. Groups are required to follow a set itinerary based on the group campsites they have reserved. Group campsites are located at a limited number of campgrounds. Use the most current park newspaper and the group campground mileage chart to help choose overnight locations for your trip.

For group trip planning assistance, please call (906) 482-0984 or e-mail us.

Please use the group camping chart below to get more information about group sizes and required permits and fees.

IF YOU HAVE

YOU WILL CAMP AT
PERMIT
REQUIRED

OBTAIN YOUR PERMIT AT

NON-REFUNDABLE
FEES
6 people
or less
Individual Campsites,
First Come
First Serve
Small Party
Backcountry
Camping
Permit
Rock Harbor or Windigo Visitor
Centers upon arrival to island or
onboard
Ranger lll ferry

$0

2 or more
groups of 6 people
or less
(not to exceed 20)

Individual Campsites,
First Come
First Serve

Small Party
Backcountry
Camping Permit
for each set of campers
with completely
separate
itineraries**

The group camping office
in advance by phone at
(906) 482-0984 or fax, mail,
or email the
group camping request form
to the park and we will contact you back

$25 for
first 10 people;
additional $25 for
11 - 20 people

1 Group
of
7 - 10
people

Reserved
Group Campsites

Group Camping
Permit

The group camping office
in advance by phone at
(906) 482-0984 or fax, mail,
or email the
group camping request form
to the park and we will contact you back

$25

2 Groups
of
7 - 10
people

Reserved
Group Campsites

2 Group
Camping Permits
are required with
completely separate
itineraries**

The group camping office
in advance by phone at
(906) 482-0984 or fax, mail,
or email the
group camping request form
to the park and we will contact you back

$50

1 Group of 7 - 10
people and
1 Group of 6 people
or less

Reserved Group
Campsites and Individual
Campsites, first come
first serve for the party of
less than 6

Group Camping Permit
and a Small Party Backcountry
permit. Both parties required
to have complete separate
itineraries**

The group camping office
in advance by phone at
(906) 482-0984 or fax, mail,
or email the
group camping request form
to the park and we will contact you back

$25 for first 10 people;
additional $25 for
11 to 20 people


**Separate itineraries means that small parties/groups cannot camp in the same campground at the same time.










Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

800 East Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931

Phone:

(906) 482-0984

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