Fee-exempt Camping at National Forest Campgrounds


Through an agreement between participating GLIFWC member bands and the US Forest Service, tribal members exercising treaty rights may camp for free and without length of stay restrictions for most campgrounds in the Chequamegon-Nicolet, Ottawa, Hiawatha, and Huron-Manistee National Forests.


Member bands that have ratified the agreement include Bad River, Bay Mills, Keweenaw Bay, Lac du Flambeau, Lac Vieux Desert, Mille Lacs, Red Cliff, and Sokaogon (Mole Lake). Member bands that have not yet ratified the agreement include Lac Courte Oreilles and St. Croix.


Some fee-exempt campgrounds still maintain length of stay restrictions between June 15 and August 15. The Forest Service states that these campgrounds experience high visitation rates during these summer months. This provision will be periodically reviewed to ensure that these restrictions are not interfering with the exercise of treaty rights.


In addition, some campgrounds operated by concessionaires will not have fee or length of stay exemptions until the solicitation and awarding of new concessionaire contracts.


Fee Exempt Campgrounds

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Fee Exempt Campground



Length-of-stay Limits, Concesssionaires, Reservations

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Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest
Campground Length-of-Stay Limits In Season Status (Closed or Reduced Services) Opening Date Concessionaires (Expiration Date) Reservations
Ada LakeWaivedMay 1NoNo
Anvil LakeWaivedApril 30NoNo
Bagley RapidsWaivedMay 1NoNo
Bear LakeWaivedMay 1NoNo
Beaver LakeWaivedMay1 NoYes
Birch Grove14May 1NoYes
Black LakeWaivedMay 1NoYes
Boot Lake14 (6/15-8/15)May 1NoNo
Boulder Lake14 (6/15-8/15)May 1NoYes
Brule RiverWaivedClosed for 2015NoNo
Chipmunk RapidsWaivedApril 23NoNo
ChippewaWaivedMay 20NoYes
Day LakeWaivedMay 1 (Musky, Red Pine, Paper Birch and Jackpine open to camping. Blueberry and Heron loops are closed. Beach is open, public water supply available. Boat landing open. NoYes
East TwinWaivedMay 1NoYes
EastwoodWaivedMay 1NoYes
Emily LakeWaivedMay 1NoNo
Franklin Lake14 (6/15-8/15)April 30NoYes
Franklin Lake14 (6/15-8/15)April 30NoYes
Horseshoe LakeWaivedClosed for 2015NoNo
Kathryn LakeWaivedClosed for 2015. Reduced services at the boat landing and picnic area. No swim buoys or water sampling at the beach. No public water supply available. Vehicle access/parking available, toilet building available. picnic grounds, boat landing and accessible fishing pier will be mowed, garbage service available, day use fees will continue to be charged.NoNo
Kentuck LakeWaivedReduced services at campground for FY 2015 season - Upper loop (sites 23-31) closed, reduced mowing, public water supply available, garbage services available. Boat landing remains open. NoNo
Lac Vieux Desert14April 30NoNo
Lake ThreeWaivedClosed for 2015. No reservations accepted. Boat landing remains open, no fees collected. NoNo
Laura LakeWaivedMay 1NoNo
Laurel LakeWaivedClosed for 2015NoNo
Lost LakeWaivedApril 30NoNo
Luna-White Deer14 (6/15-8/15)April 30NoNo
Mineral LakeWaivedClosed for 2015. No reservations accepted. Boat landing remains open, no fees collected. NoNo
Moose LakeWaivedMay 1NoYes
Morgan LakeWaivedMay 21NoNo
NamekagonWaivedMay 1NoYes
North Twin LakeWaivedClosed for 2015. Boat landing remains open, no fees collected. NoNo
Perch Lake North14May 1NoNo
Perch Lake South14May 1NoNo
Picnic PointWaivedMay 1NoYes
Pine LakeWaivedMay 1NoNo
Richardson LakeWaivedMay 1NoNo
Sailor LakeWaivedMay 1NoYes
Sevenmile LakeWaivedClosed for 2015. Reduced services at boat landing. Toilet building available, no public water supply available (fees will continue to be charged). NoNo
Smith RapidsWaivedClosed for 2015. No reservations accepted. Normal services at picnic area. Vehicle access/parking available for day use. Trail riding and river access, toilet building available, picnic grounds will be mowed, public water supply available, garbage service available, day use fees will continue to be charged. NoYes
Spearhead PointWaivedMay 1NoYes
Spectacle LakeWaivedMay 21NoNo
Stevens LakeWaivedApril 30NoNo
Stockfarm BridgeWaivedClosed for 2015. Boat landing open, no fees collected. NoNo
Twin LakesWaivedMay 1NoYes
Two Lakes14 (6/15-8/15)May 1Yes (expires 2018)Yes
Wabasso LakeWaivedMay 1NoNo
Wanoka14May 1NoNo
West PointWaivedMay 1NoNo
Windsor DamWaivedClosed for 2015NoNo
Ottawa National Forest
Campground Length-of-Stay Limits In Season Status (Closed or Reduced Services) Opening Date Consessionaires (Expiration Date) Reservations
ASH-114NoYes
ASH-214NoYes
BADGER-114NoYes
BADGER-214NoYes
BALSAM-114NoYes
BALSAM-214NoYes
BASS14NoYes
BEAR-114NoYes
BEAR-214NoYes
BEAVER-114NoYes
BEAVER-214NoYes
BIRCH14NoYes
Black River Harbor CampgroundWaivedFriday Before Memorial DayYesNo
Bob Lake CampgroundWaivedMay 22YesNo
BOBCAT14NoYes
Bobcat Lake CampgroundWaivedMay 22YesNo
Burned Dam CampgroundWaivedNoNo
CEDAR-114NoYes
CEDAR-214NoYes
CHIPMUNK14NoYes
Clark Lake (Sylvania) Campground14May 22YesNo
Courtney Lake CampgroundWaivedMay 22YesNo
COYOTE14NoYes
DEER-114NoYes
DEER-214NoYes
EAGLE-114NoYes
EAGLE-214NoYes
ERMINE-114NoYes
ERMINE-214NoYes
FISHER-114NoYes
FISHER-214NoYes
FOX-114NoYes
FOX-214NoYes
Golden Lake CampgroundWaivedMay 22NoNo
Henry Lake CampgroundWaivedFriday Before May 22YesNo
Imp Lake Campground14 (6/15-8/15)May 22YesNo
Lake Ottawa Campground14May 22YesNo
Lake Sainte Kathryn CampgroundWaivedMay 23YesNo
Langford Lake CampgroundWaivedMay 22NoNo
LOON14NoYes
LYNX-114NoYes
LYNX-214NoYes
MALLARD-114NoYes
MALLARD-214NoYes
MAPLE-114NoYes
MAPLE-214NoYes
Marion Lake Group Campground14 (6/15-8/15)May 22YesYes (group site)
Marion Lake NE CampgroundWaivedNoNo
Marion Lake NW CampgroundWaivedNoNo
MINK-114NoYes
MINK-214NoYes
Moosehead Lake CampgroundWaivedMay 22YesNo
Norway LakeWaivedMay 22YesNo
OSPREY-114NoYes
OSPREY-214NoYes
Paint River Forks CampgroundWaivedNoNo
PERCH-114NoYes
PERCH-214NoYes
Perch Lake CampgroundWaivedMay 22YesNo
PIKE-114NoYes
PIKE-214NoYes
PINE-114NoYes
PINE-214NoYes
Pomeroy Lake CampgroundWaivedMay 22YesNo
PORCUPINE-114NoYes
PORCUPINE-214NoYes
RACCOON14NoYes
Robbins Pond CampgroundWaivedNoNo
Sparrow Rapids CampgroundWaivedNoNo
SQUIRREL-114NoYes
SQUIRREL-214NoYes
Sturgeon River CampgroundWaivedNoNo
WOLF14NoYes
Hiawatha National Forest
Campground Length-of-Stay Limits In Season Status (Closed or Reduced Services) Opening Date Consessionaires (Expiration Date) Reservations
Bass Lake SiteWaivedNoYes
Bay View14May 21Yes (expires 2012)Yes
Bear Lake SiteWaivedNoYes
Brevoort Lake Complex14May 15Yes (expires 2012)Yes
Camp Cook SitesWaivedNoYes
Carp River14May 15Yes (expires 2012)Yes
Carr Lake SiteWaivedNoYes
Chicago Lake Sites14NoYes
Cookson Lake CampgroundWaivedNoYes
Council Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Crooked Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Crooked Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
East Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
East Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Ewing Point SiteWaivedNoYes
Foley Creek Campground14ClosedYes (expires 2012)Yes
Gooseneck Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Ironjaw Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Jackpine Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Jackpine Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Lake Michigan14May 15Yes (expires 2012)Yes
Lake Nineteen SiteWaivedNoYes
Leg Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Leg Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Little Bass Lake CampgroundWaivedNoYes
Lyman Lake Sites14NoYes
Minerva Lake SiteWaivedNoYes
Monocle Lake Complex14May 21Yes (expires 2012)Yes
Mowe Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Soldier Lake Complex14May 21Yes (expires 2012)Yes
Steuben Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Steuben Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Swan Lake Sites14NoYes
Swan Lake Sites14NoYes
Three Lakes14May 15Yes (expires 2012)Yes
Triangle Lake Sites14NoYes
Triangle Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Huron-Manistee National Forest
Campground Length-of-Stay Limits In Season Status (Closed or Reduced Services) Opening Date Consessionaires (Expiration Date) Reservations
Bear Track Campground14Yes (expires 2017)No
Benton Lake Recreation Area14Yes (expires 2017)Maybe
Bowman Bridge Recreation Area14Yes (expires 2017)Yes
Gleason's Landing Recreation Area14Yes (expires 2017)Yes
Hemlock Recreation Area14Yes (expires 2017)No
Highbanks Campground14Yes (expires 2017)Maybe
Kneff Lake Recreation Area14Yes (expires 2017)Maybe
Lake Michigan Recreation Area14Yes (expires 2017)Yes (25%)
Lake Michigan Recreation Area14Yes (expires 2017)Yes (25%)
Nichols Lake South Recreation Area14Yes (expires 2017)Maybe
Old Grade Campground14Yes (expires 2017)Maybe
Peterson Bridge Campground14Yes (expires 2017)No
Pine Lake Recreation Area14Yes (expires 2017)No
Pines Point Recreation Area14Yes (expires 2017)Maybe
Ravine CampgroundWaivedNoNo
Sand Lake Recreation Area14Yes (expires 2017)Yes (60 %)
Sand Lake Recreation Area14Yes (expires 2017)Yes (60 %)
Seaton Creek Recreation Area14Yes (expires 2017)No
Timber Creek Recreation AreaWaivedNoNo

National Forest Campgrounds, Fees and Length of Stay Restrictions


COLUMN 1 – CAMPGROUNDS

Column 1 list attempts to list all campgrounds found on Forest Service lands that are addressed by the Exemption Agreement and Implementation Plan. As used in this document, “campground” means those campgrounds and campsites where a fee would otherwise have to be paid by the general public to spend the night and where some process, such as registration, is used to identify the camper and the specific campsite that will be used.

At this time, Column 1 includes some campgrounds that are not fee-exempt for tribal members. These are included in the interest of providing complete information. As campgrounds change status, Column 1 will be amended.

COLUMN 2 – LENGTH-OF-STAY LIMITATIONS

Column 2 deals with how long tribal members may camp at a particular site. Under general Forest Service rules, people are not permitted to remain in a campsite for more than two weeks or 16 days, depending on the particular National Forest. For tribal members camping while exercising their treaty rights, these length-of-stay restrictions do not apply for most campgrounds. The term “waived” is used in Column 2 where there are no length-of-stay restrictions for tribal members.

Where the Tribes have agreed, some campgrounds have a length-of-stay restriction during the period June 15 through August 15, the peak tourist season. Column 2 shows these the length-of-stay restrictions in number of days and the dates within which these restrictions apply in parentheses.

Tribal members must comply with the existing length-of-stay restrictions in campgrounds operated by concessionaires that presently are not fee-exempt. These length-of-stay restrictions apply at all times and are listed in Column 2 in number of day.

COLUMN 3 – IN SEASON STATUS (CLOSED OR REDUCED SERVICES)

Column 3 identified those campgrounds that are either closed for camping or have reduced services. If blank, the campground is in normal operation.

COLUMN 4 – OPENING DATE

Column 4 identifies the date the campground opens for the season.

COLUMN 5 – CONCESSIONAIRES (EXPIRATION DATES)

Column 5 identifies those campgrounds that are operated by concessionaires under contract with the Forest Service. The year the contracts are up for renewal is listed in the parentheses for those campgrounds that currently do not have fee or length-of-stay exemptions.

COLUMN 6 – RESERVATIONS

Column 6 identified with a “yes” are campgrounds that have campsites that are available for reservations.