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. Individual and small group recreation is available along 8.4 miles of the North Country National Scenic Trail and 8.5 miles of connector trails as well as 6 backcountry campsites.
Beaver Basin Wilderness
Traditional recreation uses will continue including hunting, fishing, day hiking, overnight backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and more.
Electric motors are permitted on Little Beaver and Beaver Lakes. Motor boats on Lake Superior are free to beach along the Lake Superior waterfront adjacent to the wilderness area.
No road closures will occur under this new wilderness area, and no lands will be added to the lakeshore.
Vehicle access and car camping will continue at Little Beaver Lake Campground because it is outside the wilderness boundary.
Remarks of President Obama on the Omnibus Public Land Management Act (whitehouse.gov)
Signing Statement of President Obama on the Omnibus Public Land Management Act (whitehouse.gov)
Statement of Jim Northup, Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore Superintendent, regarding designation of the Beaver Basin Wilderness
Public Law 111-11, Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (466 page pdf)