Pictured Rocks camping offers opportunities for solitude, inspiration, physical challenge, and renewal. There are nearly 100 miles of trails in the park that can take you to some beautiful places. The formally named "Lakeshore Trail", now referred to as the portion of the North Country National Scenic Trail, runs 42 miles through the park. Forests, dunes, beaches, and great views can all be experienced along the trail.
If you plan to camp/spend the night in the park's backcountry, a permit is required. Permits are available in advance or in person. Reservations are not required, but are recommended. Reservation requests must be received at least 30 days before the start of the trip. Reservations are accepted beginning January 1 of each year.
Backcountry campers must stay in specific backcountry campgrounds as noted on their permit. Campsites are located at two to five mile intervals along the trail. Each campground has a specific capacity; individual campsites within each backcountry campground are identified by a numbered post.
Permit fees: $15 for a reservation. $5 per person per night. Once a reservation or permit is issued, fees are non-refundable. Changes to your reservation will result in an additional $15 fee.
There are individual campsites and group campsites. Individual campsites are available for groups of 1-6 people (2 tents or hammocks maximum). Groups of 7-20 people must camp in designated group sites. Maximum three consecutive day stay at any backcountry campground.