Rock Harbor Campground is located in Rock Harbor on the northeast end of Isle Royale, off of the Rock Harbor and Tobin Harbor Trails. Consecutive night stay limit is one night from June 1 - Labor Day annually. Eleven individual tent sites, nine shelters, and three group tent sites. Normal conditions for depth at dock is 3'-12'. Additional fees for boats to stay overnight at marina. Canoe/kayak access.
A lot of people around. It has a small store for supplies and a small cafe if your hungry. Not far up the trail are shelters if the weather turns bad. They are first come first serve but can be shared.
Stayed in a shelter (there are 9) - they are no additional cost. There was one open when we got in on a Saturday afternoon in late June.
It is the most established campground we stayed at. It had pottable water on tap. It had a ranger station and a small store.
busy campground, usually people’s last stop before taking ferry back to U.P. Outhouses and bathroom access. Lots of shelters. A resident bull moose that frequents the area that is out all hours of the day.
The shelters at Rock Harbor Campground were especially welcoming to us at the end of our 40-mile trek across Isle Royale in June 2016.
We started in Grand Portage, Minnesota, and ferried to Windigo. From there we hiked around 40 miles across the spine of the island, on the Greenstone Ridge Trail, all the way to Rock Harbor. When we arrived, we were happy to see that there were still a few wooden shelters available and we wouldn’t have to pitch our tent the last night before catching the ferry back to Grand Portage in the morning.
Isle Royale is one of the most remote and least visited national parks. It was the 51st (of 59) that we visited during our year on the road, and it was not a disappointment.
While our long backpacking trek felt like we had accomplished something major, we would also recommend just sticking around the Rock Harbor and completing some of the shorter trails as day hikes.
The Rock Harbor Campground was nice: its wooden shelters provided good protection from the rain and a place to spread out after feeling cramped in our tiny backpacking tent for the previous two nights. It also had a picnic table, water and bathrooms nearby.
Don’t forget to plan out your trip thoroughly with a ranger ahead of time!
You can read much more about our three days hiking across the park on our blog: Switchback Kids (Isle Royale)