Winter camping is allowed in both the drive-in campgrounds and at the backcountry campgrounds. However, roads are not plowed into drive-in campgrounds, which are generally accessed by snowmobile. Winter campers can also access the campgrounds by ski or snowshoe. Drive-in campground fee is $15 per night from November 1 through April 30. All winter drive-in campground sites require a reservation. Summer campground rules and regulations generally apply.
Your Safety Comes First!
As you can imagine, it's important to come for a winter visit completely prepared! This is especially true for winter camping, which can be a challenging experience.
An unexpected slip into a creek, the loss of a tarp in a blizzard, or a broken ski binding can quickly spell disaster. The old scout adage of “Be Prepared” is the best advice. The lakeshore staff encourage you to carefully plan your winter camping excursion into the park. Here are a few helpful suggestions:
Having considered all of this, remember that winter is one of the most incredible seasons at the lakeshore. You will likely see very few people, a lot of animal tracks, and will be able to enjoy a type of solitude unknown at other times of the year. Happy camping!
Last updated: November 19, 2019