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 LakeWaivedNoNo
Anvil LakeWaivedNoNo
Bagley RapidsWaivedNoNo
Bear LakeWaivedNoNo
Beaver LakeWaivedNoYes
Birch GroveWaivedNoYes
Black LakeWaivedNoYes
Boot Lake14 (6/15-8/15)NoNo
Boulder Lake14 (6/15-8/15)NoYes
Brule RiverWaivedTemporarily ClosedNoNo
Chipmunk RapidsWaivedNoNo
ChippewaWaivedNoYes
Day LakeWaivedNoYes
East TwinWaivedNoYes
EastwoodWaivedNoYes
Emily LakeWaivedNoNo
Franklin Lake14 (6/15-8/15)NoYes
Franklin Lake14 (6/15-8/15)NoYes
Horseshoe LakeWaivedNoNo
Kathryn LakeWaivedTemporarily ClosedNoNo
Kentuck LakeWaivedNoNo
Lac Vieux Desert14May 5NoNo
Lake ThreeWaivedTemporarily ClosedNoNo
Laura LakeWaivedNoNo
Laurel LakeWaivedNoNo
Lost LakeWaivedNoNo
Luna-White Deer14 (6/15-8/15)NoNo
Mineral LakeWaivedTemporarily ClosedNoNo
Moose LakeWaivedNoYes
Morgan LakeWaivedNoNo
NamekagonWaivedNoYes
North Twin LakeWaivedNoNo
Perch Lake
Perch Lake North14NoNo
Perch Lake South14NoNo
Picnic PointWaivedNoYes
Pine LakeWaivedNoNo
Richardson LakeWaivedNoNo
Sailor LakeWaivedNoYes
Sevenmile LakeWaivedTemporarily ClosedNoNo
Smith RapidsWaivedNoYes
Spearhead PointWaivedNoYes
Spectacle LakeWaivedNoNo
Stevens LakeWaivedNoNo
Stockfarm BridgeWaivedNoNo
Twin LakesWaivedNoYes
Two Lakes14 (6/15-8/15)Closed (by 10/15) out of service for camping, open to day use at boat landings 2/1-3/30Yes Yes
Wabasso LakeWaivedNoNo
Wanoka14NoNo
West PointWaivedNoNo
Windsor DamWaivedTemporarily ClosedNoNo
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 CampgroundWaivedYesNo
Bob Lake CampgroundWaivedYesNo
BOBCAT14NoYes
Bobcat Lake CampgroundWaivedYesNo
Burned Dam CampgroundWaivedNoNo
CEDAR-114NoYes
CEDAR-214NoYes
CHIPMUNK14NoYes
Clark Lake (Sylvania) Campground14YesNo
Courtney Lake CampgroundWaivedYesNo
COYOTE14NoYes
DEER-114NoYes
DEER-214NoYes
EAGLE-114NoYes
EAGLE-214NoYes
ERMINE-114NoYes
ERMINE-214NoYes
FISHER-114NoYes
FISHER-214NoYes
FOX-114NoYes
FOX-214NoYes
Golden Lake CampgroundWaivedNoNo
Henry Lake CampgroundWaivedYesNo
Imp Lake Campground14 (6/15-8/15)YesNo
Lake Ottawa Campground14YesNo
Lake Sainte Kathryn CampgroundWaivedYesNo
Langford Lake CampgroundWaivedYesNo
LOON14NoYes
LYNX-114NoYes
LYNX-214NoYes
MALLARD-114NoYes
MALLARD-214NoYes
MAPLE-114NoYes
MAPLE-214NoYes
Marion Lake Group Campground14 (6/15-8/15)YesYes (group site only)
Marion Lake NE CampgroundWaivedNoNo
Marion Lake NW CampgroundWaivedNoNo
MINK-114NoYes
MINK-214NoYes
Moosehead Lake CampgroundWaivedYesNo
Norway LakeWaivedYesNo
OSPREY-114NoYes
OSPREY-214NoYes
Paint River Forks CampgroundWaivedNoNo
PERCH-114NoYes
PERCH-214NoYes
Perch Lake CampgroundWaivedYesNo
PIKE-114NoYes
PIKE-214NoYes
PINE-114NoYes
PINE-214NoYes
Pomeroy Lake CampgroundWaivedYesNo
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 Furnace Complex14YesYes
Bay View14Yes Yes
Bear Lake SiteWaivedNoYes
Brevoort Lake Complex14YesYes
Camp Cook SitesWaivedNoYes
Camp Seven Lake Complex14YesYes
Carp River14YesYes
Carr Lake SiteWaivedNoYes
Chicago Lake Sites14NoYes
Colwell Lake Complex14YesYes
Cookson Lake CampgroundWaivedNoYes
Corner Lake Complex14Yes No
Council Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Crooked Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Crooked Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
East Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
East Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Ewing Point SiteWaivedNoYes
Flowing Well Campground14Yes Yes
Foley Creek Campground14ClosedYes Yes
Gooseneck Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Indian River Campground14YesNo
Ironjaw Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Island Lake Campground14Yes No
Jackpine Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Jackpine Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Lake Michigan14YesYes
Lake Nineteen SiteWaivedNoYes
Leg Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Leg Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Little Bass Lake CampgroundWaivedNoYes
Little Bay De Noc Complex14Yes Yes
Lyman Lake Sites14NoYes
Minerva Lake SiteWaivedNoYes
Monocle Lake Complex14Yes Yes
Mowe Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Petes Lake Complex14YesYes
Soldier Lake Complex14Yes Yes
Steuben Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Steuben Lake SitesWaivedNoYes
Swan Lake Sites14NoYes
Swan Lake Sites14NoYes
Three Lakes14NoYes
Triangle Lake Sites14NoYes
Triangle Lake Sites14NoYes
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 No
Benton Lake Recreation Area14Yes Yes
Bowman Bridge Recreation Area14Yes Yes
Gleason's Landing Recreation Area14YesYes
Hemlock Recreation Area14Yes No
Highbanks Campground14Yes No
Kneff Lake Recreation Area14Yes No
Lake Michigan Recreation Area14YesYes
Lake Michigan Recreation Area14YesYes
Nichols Lake South Recreation Area14Yes Yes
Old Grade Campground14YesNo
Peterson Bridge Campground14YesYes
Pine Lake Recreation Area14YesNo
Pines Point Recreation Area14YesYes
Ravine CampgroundWaivedNoNo
Sand Lake Recreation Area14YesYes
Sand Lake Recreation Area14Yes Yes
Seaton Creek Recreation Area14YesYes
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.