Winter camping is allowed in both the drive-in campgrounds and at the backcountry campgrounds. However, roads, including H-58, are not plowed into drive-in campgrounds. You should plan to snowmobile, ski, or snowshoe to the campgrounds. H-58 from Adams Trail to Grand Marais is a designated snowmobile trail (12/1 to 3/31) when snowcovered. Drive-in campground fee is $15 per night from November 1 through April 30. All drive-in campground sites require a printed proof of a paid 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!
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Backcountry Map and Mileage (pdf)
Last updated: September 21, 2021