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West Chickenbone Campground — Isle Royale National Park

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Isle Royale National Park

West Chickenbone Campground is located on the west end of Chickenbone Lake, off of the Indian Portage Trail This inland campground has no boater access. Canoe/kayak access from the 1.2 mile portage from McCargoe Cove or the 0.2 mile portage from Lake Livermore. Stay Limit: 2 nights from June 1 ___ Labor Day annually. Access: Foot/canoe/kayak

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Location

West Chickenbone Campground — Isle Royale National Park is located in Michigan

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Directions

West Chickenbone Campground is located on the west end of Chickenbone Lake, off of the Indian Portage Trail.

Address

800 E. Lakeshore Drive
Houghton, MI 49931

Coordinates

48.063272 N
88.724676 W

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  • Tent Sites
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4 Reviews

Jason H.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Aug. 29, 2021

Great for fishing

Beautiful views and secluded sites but the air was a bit stagnant. Nice access to the lake for a dip but it seems if you want to fish, this is it. Our neighbor caught 3 pike and a walleye in about 45 minutes.

Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of West Chickenbone Campground — Isle Royale National Park by Jason H., August 29, 2021
  • Review photo of West Chickenbone Campground — Isle Royale National Park by Jason H., August 29, 2021
  • Review photo of West Chickenbone Campground — Isle Royale National Park by Jason H., August 29, 2021
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J
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2018

Great wilderness campsite

Very secluded campground with individual Lake Chickenbone access at each campsite. Very good spot to see wildlife including moose!

Month of VisitSeptember
  • Review photo of West Chickenbone Campground — Isle Royale National Park by Jesse H., August 14, 2018
  • Review photo of West Chickenbone Campground — Isle Royale National Park by Jesse H., August 14, 2018
  • Review photo of West Chickenbone Campground — Isle Royale National Park by Jesse H., August 14, 2018
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Danielle A.
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2016

Many private sites near the lake

I stayed here one night of a four day trip through Isle Royale NP. There are many tent sites, including a few group sites, and a couple of privys. Not all of the sites are on the lake but all have plenty of tree cover. My partner and I each found a nice spot on either side of our tent site which was pretty close to the water and up a short slope, nestled right in the trees.

  • Review photo of West Chickenbone Campground — Isle Royale National Park by Danielle A., September 28, 2016
  • Review photo of West Chickenbone Campground — Isle Royale National Park by Danielle A., September 28, 2016
  • Review photo of West Chickenbone Campground — Isle Royale National Park by Danielle A., September 28, 2016
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Reviewed Sep. 28, 2016

Quite stay at West Chickenbone Lake

After getting off the ferry at McCargoe Cove, I hiked a short distance to W Chickenbone Lake. The views along the lake were incredible and you have an awesome view along the lake front campsites. There aren't shelters at this campsite but there is a privy, and the tent sites are really nice with lots of space to set up away from your neighbors. This wasn't my favorite campsite of the ones I stayed at on Isle Royale. The group sites were a little overgrown and there were only a few sites closer to the lake. However, it was a great place to stay, very quiet despite the large crowd, and a short hike away from McCargoe Cove if you're wanting a slow start to your day after the ferry ride over from Grand Portage.

  • Review photo of West Chickenbone Campground — Isle Royale National Park by Alexa S., September 28, 2016
  • Review photo of West Chickenbone Campground — Isle Royale National Park by Alexa S., September 28, 2016

Frequently Asked Questions

Does West Chickenbone Campground — Isle Royale National Park have wifi?

No, according to campers on TheDyrt.com, West Chickenbone Campground — Isle Royale National Park does not have wifi.