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, Concessionaires, 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 Lake Waived No No Anvil Lake Waived No No Bagley Rapids Waived No No Bear Lake Waived No No Beaver Lake Waived No Yes Birch Grove Waived No Yes Black Lake Waived No Yes Boot Lake 14 (6/15-8/15) No No Boulder Lake 14 (6/15-8/15) No Yes Brule River Waived Temporarily Closed No No Chipmunk Rapids Waived No No Chippewa Waived No Yes Day Lake Waived No Yes East Twin Waived No Yes Eastwood Waived No Yes Emily Lake Waived No No Franklin Lake 14 (6/15-8/15) No Yes Franklin Lake 14 (6/15-8/15) No Yes Horseshoe Lake Waived No No Kathryn Lake Waived Temporarily Closed No No Kentuck Lake Waived No No Lac Vieux Desert 14 May 5 No No Lake Three Waived Temporarily Closed No No Laura Lake Waived No No Laurel Lake Waived No No Lost Lake Waived No No Luna-White Deer 14 (6/15-8/15) No No Mineral Lake Waived Temporarily Closed No No Moose Lake Waived No Yes Morgan Lake Waived No No Namekagon Waived No Yes North Twin Lake Waived No No Perch Lake Perch Lake North 14 No No Perch Lake South 14 No No Picnic Point Waived No Yes Pine Lake Waived No No Richardson Lake Waived No No Sailor Lake Waived No Yes Sevenmile Lake Waived Temporarily Closed No No Smith Rapids Waived No Yes Spearhead Point Waived No Yes Spectacle Lake Waived No No Stevens Lake Waived No No Stockfarm Bridge Waived No No Twin Lakes Waived No Yes Two Lakes 14 (6/15-8/15) Closed (by 10/15) out of service for camping, open to day use at boat landings 2/1-3/30 Yes Yes Wabasso Lake Waived No No Wanoka 14 No No West Point Waived No No Windsor Dam Waived Temporarily Closed No No
- Ottawa National Forest
- Hiawatha National Forest
- Huron-Manistee National Forest
Campground Length-of-Stay Limits In Season Status (Closed or Reduced Services) Opening Date Consessionaires (Expiration Date) Reservations Bear Track Campground 14 Yes No Benton Lake Recreation Area 14 Yes Yes Bowman Bridge Recreation Area 14 Yes Yes Gleason's Landing Recreation Area 14 Yes Yes Hemlock Recreation Area 14 Yes No Highbanks Campground 14 Yes No Kneff Lake Recreation Area 14 Yes No Lake Michigan Recreation Area 14 Yes Yes Lake Michigan Recreation Area 14 Yes Yes Nichols Lake South Recreation Area 14 Yes Yes Old Grade Campground 14 Yes No Peterson Bridge Campground 14 Yes Yes Pine Lake Recreation Area 14 Yes No Pines Point Recreation Area 14 Yes Yes Ravine Campground Waived No No Sand Lake Recreation Area 14 Yes Yes Sand Lake Recreation Area 14 Yes Yes Seaton Creek Recreation Area 14 Yes Yes Timber Creek Recreation Area Waived No No
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.