Group Camping (parties of 7-10)

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.

Things to Know about Group Camping

Commerical Groups, Fees & Permit Types, Reservation Requests, Trip Planning,

  • Advance group camping reservations and permits are required for groups of seven to ten individuals, including leaders.
  • If your party exceeds ten, you must split into two or more groups (of ten or less), each independent and traveling on completely separate itineraries. For groups of ten or more breaking up into small-parties (1-6 people), a permit must still be obtained in advance.
  • Groups of seven to ten may only camp in reserved group campsites.
  • Organizations may not have more than 20 people camping on the island at any one time and are limited to 80 people per year.
 

Group Camping Reservation Requests

Isle Royale accepts group camping reservation requests beginning January 2 for the upcoming summer. The park strives to process all requests as quickly as possible. However, due to limited winter staffing, we are not able to process most requests until March, when staffing increases.

All requests are processed in the order we receive them.

To make a request, visit the Group Camping Reservation Instructions page.

 

Commercial Groups

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).

 

Trip Planning Assistance

 

Fees & Permit Types Based on People in Group

If You Have
You Will Camp At
Permit Requiired

Obtain Your Permit At

Fees
One party of 6 people
or less
Individual Campsites,
first come
first serve
Rock Harbor or Windigo Visitor
Centers upon island arrival or onboard

$0
+ Entrance Fees

One Group
of
7 - 10
people

Reserved
Group Campsites

Group Camping
Permit

The Isle Royale NP Group Fee form on wwww.pay.gov
The park will contact you back

$25
+ Entrance Fees

Two Groups
of
7 - 10
people

Reserved
Group Campsites

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

The Isle Royale NP Group Fee form on wwww.pay.gov
The park will contact you back

$50
+ Entrance Fees

One Group of 7 - 10
people and
one party of 6 people
or fewer

Reserved Group
Campsites and Individual
Campsites, first come
first serve for party of
6 or fewer

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

The Isle Royale NP Group Fee form on wwww.pay.gov
The park will contact you back

$50
+ Entrance Fees

Two
parties of 6 people
or fewer
Individual Campsites,
first come
first serve
Group Camping Permit
and a Small Party Backcountry
permit. Both parties required
to have complete separate
itineraries**
The Isle Royale NP Group Fee form on wwww.pay.gov
The park will contact you back
$50
+ Entrance Fees
One Group of 7 - 10
people and
two parties of 6 people
or fewer (not to exceed 20)
Reserved Group
Campsites and Individual
Campsites, first come
first serve for parties of
6 or fewer
Group Camping Permit
and a Small Party Backcountry
permits. Both parties required
to have complete separate
itineraries**
The Isle Royale NP Group Fee form on wwww.pay.gov
The park will contact you back
$75
+ Entrance Fees
Two Groups of 7 - 10
people and
one party of 6 people
or fewer (not to exceed 20)
Reserved Group
Campsites and Individual
Campsites, first come
first serve for party of
6 or fewer
Group Camping Permit
and a Small Party Backcountry
permit. Both parties required
to have complete separate
itineraries**
The Isle Royale NP Group Fee form on wwww.pay.gov
The park will contact you back
$75
+ Entrance Fees
Two
parties of 6 people
or fewer
Individual Campsites,
first come
first serve
Small Party Backcountry Camping Permit
for each party
with completely
separate
itineraries**
The Isle Royale NP Group Fee form on wwww.pay.gov
The park will contact you back
$50
+ Entrance Fees
Three
parties of 6 people
or fewer
Individual Campsites,
first come
first serve
Small Party Backcountry Camping Permit
for each party
with completely
separate
itineraries**
The Isle Royale NP Group Fee form on wwww.pay.gov
The park will contact you back
$75
+ Entrance Fees
Four
parties of 6 people
or fewer (not to exceed 20)
Individual Campsites,
first come
first serve
Small Party Backcountry Camping Permit
for each party
with completely
separate
itineraries**
The Isle Royale NP Group Fee form on wwww.pay.gov
The park will contact you back
$100
+ Entrance Fees

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

Last updated: July 24, 2017

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