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Most Recent Ottawa National Forest Camping Reviews
Friendly People and Amazing State Park

Not enough good words for the Porcupine Mountains. Views of huge hills sloping into Lake Superior are visible from the entrance. We visited the iconic Lake of the Clouds and hiked to other great sites in the park. My family and I toured the area and spent the night. I only wish we'd have had more time there. Campground owners were very helpful and kind.

Epic Fall Colors

Took an overnight trip with my wife, daughter and mother to see the legendary Fall colors of the western U.P. The sights along the Black River did not disappoint. The park itself had ample space and plenty to see. A few trails can be seen going through the area. The many nearby waterfalls make this a hidden gem. I can't wait for my next trip here!

Great location but...

It’s a decent walk in (5 miles-ish). I highly recommend using/renting a canoe. The lakes are connected for the most part, may have to carry a canoe 50 feet to launch again, depending on water level. I went in July and about got carried away from mosquitoes. Bug dope didn’t even work. If I would of been on the water, it would of avoided the overgrown trails where the mosquitoes lay. However the campground location was fantastic, there is a camp site straight across the lake where I could hear people but not see them. There is a general store right before the turn to the wilderness entrance, so you can get last minute supplies, fishing license, and bait.

Great place to camp!

Loved this site. Big open site. Great for star viewing. In between two great lakes. With hiking, biking trails. Loons will sing you to sleep. Sites are big and nicely spaced out. Nice shower-restrooms. Lots of mature trees mean lots of places to hang your hammock.

Fall asleep to loons!

Big clean sites. Clean bathrooms/showers. Between to lakes. Near hiking, kayaking, swimmimg.

My yearly northwoods escape

Beautiful crystal clear lake. Loons common. Great sites on the water. On bike and hiking trails. Great for swimming and kayaking.

Updated and all amenities

For the last 3 years the county has hired a new manager who lives on site. The county put in a new shower house that would make a college locker room look weak. All hookups available, and sewer service is an added perk. The new manager has updated all picnic tables, gravel, docks, signs, and even sells firewood. Set on the biggest inland lake in the U.P., with the best walleye fishing in the Midwest. Swimming beach for the kids, and nearby towns for stocking up. The only negative are the bugs. Early summer can bring black flies , but usually die down by July.

An oaisis in the wilderness for stocking up!

The most convenient campground in the western U.P. $15 per night, electric and water hookup, dump station. Within hundreds of feet of food, gas, diesel, propane, laundromat, and hardware. Easy access and wood available. Showers are clean and flush toilets. Very safe and central to the little town of Bruce Crossing. Owned by the township, money generated funds our roads here.

Township park and campground

Fees are $15 in a drop box. Owned by the township and the money generated goes toward a roads. Good showers, accommodates any size rv. Water,Electric hookups, and dump station. Food, gas, diesel, hardware, and laundry all within hundreds of feet to the camp sites. This campground is a perfect place to stop over in the middle of your wilderness trek.

Basic State Forest Campground

Have stayed here two or three times. Pretty quiet except for the boaters coming in and out in the morning and evening. Just your basic campground with pit toilets and pump water. Firewood available for $5 or $6 when I was there. Sites that I stayed in seem to have good amount of vegetation in between for privacy. Overall a good campground.