How to Make a Backcountry Campsite Reservation on Recreation.gov

  1. Go to www.recreation.gov
  2. Go to sign in or sign up in upper right. Either log in or set up account.
  3. Click on Find Places and Activities at the top of screen.
  4. In the Search box enter Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Backcountry Camping Permit. Click Search.
  5. Click on Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Backcountry Camping Permit
  6. On the left side of the screen, under Looking For: Select Permit Type box, select backcountry camping.
  7. Under Campsite Type, select type of site you want group or individual.
  8. Under Campsite, choose the campsite you want or if you are moving from campsite to campsite leave as ANY.
  9. Under Start Day of Stay enter the date of the first night you want to camp.
  10. Under Length of Stay put in the number of nights you are camping, just the NUMBER ONLY, do not put the word “days” or “nights”. Hit search
  11. This will open up a two week calendar. If the day is a blue box with a black A it is available or a gray R means reserved.
  12. To pick the nights you want to camp, click on the A and it will turn to gold.
  13. When you have your days selected, click on the add to itinerary at the bottom of the page.
  14. When you are done, click on My Itinerary at the bottom of the web page.
  15. If the dates and campsite are correct, click on the Book tab.
  16. Complete the reservation just like an online purchase. You will need to enter personal information and credit card info.
  17. You now have a reservation; www.recreation.gov will confirm by email that you were successful in making a reservation.
  18. 14 days prior to your trip, www.recreation.gov will email you telling you to sign in and print your camping permit. The permit may be printed anytime within these 14 days. Once a permit is printed, no refunds can be given.
  19. Bring your permit with you to your campsite and secure permit to your tent.

Last updated: March 9, 2017

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