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 20 people camping on the island at any one time and are limited to 80 people per year.

Isle Royale accepts group camping requests beginning January 2. Requests are typically held until mid-February when office staffing increases. During that early part of the year, received requests are processed through a random selection. After mid-February, requests are processed first-come, first-served.

Summer 2017 Processing Update 4/18/17:
We have completed almost all backlogged reservation requests. If you have not been contacted, please contact us.

If you have not yet made a group camping request, but are considering doing so, please note that campsites along the Rock Harbor channel are full during these dates:

  • July 7 to July 10
  • July 24 to July 26.

We will be modernizing our reservation process for summer 2018.

 

Permits, Reservations, & Fees

Group camping reservations must be made in advance. Prior to submission, read the group camping reservation instructions for submitting a group camping reservation request. There is a non-refundable processing fee of $25 charged for each permit issued. In addition, entrance fees apply to adults 16 years of age or 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).

 

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, contact the park or email group camping specific questions to 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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