Camping on Lake Superior

Known for its wide open spaces and picturesque places, Lake Superior's shoreline offers a world of fishing, hiking, and stargazing.

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Gentle Breeze Camping

3 sites · RVs, Tents3 acres · Houghton, MI
This is a private campground on Sandy Lake. Very quiet, private dock, sandy beach, great for fishing, kayaking or just relaxing. New this year is a sauna with shower, this is an electric sauna , use will be by donation. Sauna is not part of base fee, additional cost for sauna Learn more about this land: Open fields and woods with lake access.   There is a private dock with swimming, great for kayaking There is a near by public fishing site, 3 miles from General store from  other lakes nearby with public access as well. We look forward to hosting you! We are located in Twin Lakes Michigan , 2.3miles south of M-26 on 29839  Pike Lake Road Very private setting There is no electricity on site  Campers responsible for garbage removal  There is now a outhouse toilet on site Enjoy the relief! There is a limit of 2 dogs per site, Dogs to be on leash if not friendly to people or other dogs
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Keweenaw Homestead Camping

4 sites · RVs, Tents120 acres · Osceola Township, MI
Learn more about this land: Our property provides a mixture of fields, forest, pond, and creek with some views of Lake Superior and of Isle Royale. We are conveniently located between Calumet and McLain State Park as well as adjacent the Swedetown Recreation Area (our property touches Swedetown's boundary and the M203 trailhead is just down the road). Using us as a basecamp, everything the Keweenaw has to offer is easily within reach. Important details regarding our sites:  Sites 1 - 3 are for tenting groups. Among these sites 1 and 3 will accommodate multiple tents while site 2 only has room for one.  There is a short walk to access our tent sites. Site 4 is available for multiple tents, vehicle camping, and rv's.
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Private Wooded Camping on the Lake

1 site · RV, Tent5 acres · L'anse, MI
Learn more about this land:Camp only feet from the lake. Go kayaking boating fishing hiking . Restaurant/ bar grill only 1 Mile away. Porta potty for tent campers. Launch your small boat or canoe right from the site. Many scenic sites nearby. 
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Sunshine Motel Rustic Camping

3 sites · Tents60 acres · Ontonagon, MI
Learn more about this land: Has nature been calling your name? Test your love of nature at Sunshine Motel and Cabin’s rustic campground. Nestled in the back of the cabins and up a small hill lay three rustic campsites. These campsites are available for rent; perfect for the Eco Tourist, and not for the faint of heart. When we say rustic, it is rustic. No utilities or facilities (toilet not) provided.   Toilet paper if needed. Parking is in a different spot; all sites are walk up. Please be aware that vehicle camping is not allowed on property. Currently there is a communal fire pit, as well as fire pits on each site. Private picnic tables and communal tables surround the grounds. Additionally, each site is provided with a trash can and BBQ grill.  Along with our large campsites there is a yard for the kids to play and access to our private beach. Many other trails, lakes and rivers are in the area along with several shopping opportunities. Come enjoy all that we at the  Sunshine can offer you.
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Lake Superior Beach Perfection

1 site · RV, Tent1 acre · Lake Linden, MI
What more do you need than a private camping site and your 125' of your own pristine Lake Superior beachfront access? Well, there is the need of a fire ring so we added that, too! Everything else you will to bring to enjoy the million dollar views. Oh, and on the opposite side of the camping site is quiet slough which is great for smooth water paddling and exploring. Down the gravel road about 1/3 miles are logging roads to hike, bike and explore. OHV trails are a couple miles away but check local maps for detailed information. Intentionally being minimalists beyond a fire ring and picnic table, there is a port-a-john (of humble means) to make your stay comfortable. You will need to bring your own firewood if you desire a campfire.
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Dreamwood Wildness Refuge

3 sites · Lodging, Tents45 acres · Wakefield, MI
Want to have access to the spectacular Western Porkies but wish you weren't surrounded by loads of RVs and generators at the Presque Isle Campground? This is your spot! We offer multiple options: in the forest, in the meadow, or on a bluff overlooking Lake Superior. All campsites are within a short walk of private Lake Superior beach access and old growth hemlock forest, and just a 20 minute walk to the majestic waterfalls of the Presque Isle Scenic Area!
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Hart's Trail Camp

10 sites · Lodging, Tents70 acres · Calumet, MI
Located in wooden area with private pond for fishing. Connection to Trail 17/B for 4-Wheeling or hiking. Local shopping in Houghton and Calumet. Take a ride up to Copper Harbor to the end of Hwy 41 Nth. Check out Brockway Mountain views of Lake Superior and the beautiful forest. Come down Hwy M26 and check out The Jam Pot between Eagle Harbor and Eagle River for delicious bakery and jams.
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Matt and KJ's Yard

2 sites · Tents4 acres · Ontonagon, MI
Our almost 4 acre slice of paradise. Last stop on the Ontonagon River before Lake Superior. Public access to Lake Superior is a short walk from our yard. When there are no burn bans, you can have a fire in our fire pit. We do have some larger wood available onsite at no charge if you wish to use it. Note: There is an active factory next door that has gotten busier and can make a lot of noise. Daytime noise probably isn't too problematic but it can go on at night too. Last year we opted to not offer camp sites for this reason. This year we decided to open up but to make sure guests know the potential. It is a weld shop so the noise is usually grinding or pounding of a hammer. In warmer weather, they open the door and it can be noisy for sure...but many have said it is still quieter than where their home is. Please be sure you are okay with this before booking. They currently work 5am-3am M-Thu and then a small crew 5am-5pm Fri-Sun. Friday-Saturday and Sunday are least likely to make noise but it is still possible.
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The Little Slice

2 sites · Lodging, RVs, Tents1 acre · Zeba, MI
Just off the Skanee Road in Skanee, MI sits a clean, comfortable camper waiting for you. This camper, which can sleep up to 4, is a great way to enjoy some comforts while still "camping" in the woods. The property itself is small but does also offer a second tent site or place to set up your own camper. Very centrally located for access to a variety of the area's outdoor hot spots. "The Finns", a local restaurant bar has good dining and a friendly atmosphere and is located directly across the street from the site. There is also great year-round fishing & hunting opportunities in the area as well as extensive groomed trail systems and atv riding. There are plenty of small comforts available to you in this setting, but be sure to pack your own sleeping bags and pillows for this trip.
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Sylvan Pond Campsite

1 site · RV, Tent5 acres · Ahmeek, MI
Our campsite is nestled in mixed northern hardwoods and conifers with over a dozen species of trees around the camp area. The site is graced by a large old Oak tree and many larger Maple and Birch making it a well shaded site and protected from wind. A wildlife pond is near the tent sites which hosts frogs and turtles and an occasional passing beaver, otter or muskrat. Deer and Turkey are frequently seen and the area is on migration pathways for Raptures and many songbirds. The site is a few hundred feet from the Northwest corner of Farmers Block Road and is an ideal base camp for biking, hiking, paddling and fishing adventures in Keweenaw County. Only one mile from Lake Superior and the Gratiot River - many outdoor activities are easily accessible. Additional flat tent site undeveloped are close to the site if you have a larger group and need more tent pads let us know and we will try to accomodate you.
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Fern Forest

3 sites · RVs, Tents10 acres · Pelkie, MI
We have 1 campsite located right along the Sturgeon River. River activities are welcome as well as forest dwelling, berry picking, hiking, and RELAXING! Fall asleep to the whoosh of the river, under the canopy of Maple trees. Our property has no running water, electricity, nor restroom (working on getting this). Fully rustic and a pack-in-pack-out camp. The river is ever-changing and must be treated with caution. All campers are responsible for their own safety with any and all property activities.
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Superior Lake Effect

1 site · RV, Tent8 acres · Ontonagon, MI
Fall colors expected to peak first week of October! Check out Porkies State Park chairlift rides September 23, 24, 30 and October 1, 7, 8, 14 , noon to six 10$. Sept Enjoy 200 ft of Lake Superior private sandy beach frontage with access to more than 1.5 miles., Beautiful sunsets, and a chance to witness the northern lights, in your private dark sky park; bring your telescope. Search for agats and yooper rocks; bring a black light. Situated on 8 acres of old growth forest, your short walk to the lake is through a park like preserve. Keep your eyes open for wildlife as you cross the boardwalk to the beach. Bring your kayak and or paddle board for a unique experience. A boat launch 1/2 mile away can easily accommodate 16 ft motor boats if fishing is of interest. Enjoy waterfalls? Bond, Agate, Bonanza, and O Kun-de kun are all within an hour.
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Camping on Lake Superior guide

Overview

One of the biggest freshwater lakes in the world, Lake Superior offers some of the best camping in the United States. Clear, cold waters lap at rocky beaches backed by dense forests. Charming small towns welcome visitors. In the evening, the stars and aurora borealis light up the light pollution-free sky.

The best part? The coastline is remote and relatively unpopulated, so you can enjoy the lake in peace. It stretches from the Canada border and across northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan, creating an endless selection of campsites.

If you’re starting in Minnesota, drive from Duluth and up the North Shore toward Canada. The snowmelt brings a series of waterfalls to life in April and May. At Split Rock State Park, you can camp near a historic lighthouse and bike the Gitchi-Gami State Trail. Near Grand Marais, watch surfers navigate enormous waves in the November gales.

If islands are your thing, Lake Superior has you covered. Glide over crystal-clear waters and under tree-covered cliffs in the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin. In the winter, you can walk across the frozen lake to sparkling ice caves. Or, hop a seaplane or boat to the remote Isle Royale National Park. Here, a stunning trail network takes you over rocky ridges to backcountry campsites.

For some serious small-town friendliness, head for Copper Harbor in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. From your Lake Superior campsite, you’re moments from a killer network of mountain biking and hiking trails. In the fall, the changing leaves rival the East Coast for grandeur (bonus: no crowds). Winter brings cross-country skiing and snowboarding—nearby Mount Bohemia has the highest vertical drop in the Midwest.

Summer is the best time for camping on Lake Superior. Take advantage of the sunny days to paddle Pictured Rocks or see the raging Tahquamenon Falls in Michigan. Fall and spring bring crisp temperatures and low crowd levels.

The intense Lake Superior winters aren’t for the faint of heart. If you have a warm sleeping bag or an RV, however, the cold is worthwhile. Spend your days cross-country skiing, snowboarding, and ice fishing. Then, pop into a local brewery to have a pint with the hardy locals.

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