Primitive camping is available at 25 sites identified on the Visitor Guide Map. About half of the sites are vehicle-accessible; about one third are canoe-accessible; and about one third are hike-in, bike-in, and/or horseback-accessible only. Campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All campers are required to register and obtain camping permits; camping permits are available at the Visitor Center or any of the sixteen self-registration stations located throughout the Reserve. Sites do not have water or toilet facilities. A link to brief campsite site descriptions can be found below.
Please limit your impact while camping:
Additional private and public camping with complete facilities are available in the area. Campground lists are available through the Reserve Visitor Center or visit our Links/Additional Information page.
Leave No Trace
The beauty of the Reserve is unrivaled. To preserve it for future generations, we ask that you leave no trace of your visit.
"Pack it in; pack it out" - pick up and pack out all of your litter. Burying or leaving trash is unacceptable, as is burning non-paper trash such as aluminum cans and foil, plastics, etc. in your campfire. If trails are muddy, wait until they dry out. Donít create new trails around wet areas; networks of parallel trails damage the environment.
Please treat the Reserve with respect. Future access depends on your stewardship.
You are allowed to burn dead and downed wood found on the Reserve. Due to the possible spread of parasites and diseases from wood obtained from out of the area, you are encouraged to obtain firewood from close by the Reserve. Wisconsin law restricts the transport of firewood. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources recommends only bringing wood from within a 50 mile radius. Whatever you bring, burn. The Emerald Ash Borer, which is destroying ash trees, is prolific in Michigan and Minnesota and can be transported via firewood. You can also purchase firewood from local residents.