On March 30, 2009, President Obama signed the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 into law. Among other actions, this Act created the Beaver Basin Wilderness within Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The 11,740-acre Beaver Basin Wilderness was proposed as part of the 2004 General Management Plan, and provides permanent legal protection for this part of the lakeshore.
The Beaver Basin Wilderness includes 13 miles of stunning Lake Superior shoreline from Spray Falls on the west to Sevenmile Creek on the east. The wilderness is some 3.5 miles deep.
The Beaver Basin Wilderness offers opportunities for quiet, solitude, wilderness recreation, and spiritual renewal. The wilderness zone includes 8.4 miles of the North Country National Scenic Trail and 8.5 miles of connector trails as well as six backcountry campsites.
Traditional recreation uses are allowed within the wilderness zone including hunting, fishing, day hiking, overnight backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and more.
Electric motors only are permitted on Little Beaver and Beaver Lakes, as those lakes are within the wilderness boundary. Motor boats on Lake Superior are free to beach along the Lake Superior waterfront adjacent to the wilderness area.
Vehicle access and car camping will continue at Little Beaver Lake Campground because it is outside the wilderness boundary.
Last updated: April 6, 2021