Black River Campground is adjacent to the Black River Harbor Recreation Area. The recreation area includes a pavilion, harbor and a large picnic area. The area provides for many opportunities for fishing, boating, backpacking, hiking, bird watching, photography and beautiful scenery for relaxation in the outdoors.
The Black River Campground has 38 available campsites that can accommodate RVs, campers or tents. There are two concrete vault toilet buildings at either end of the campground. There are 10 pressurized water spigots spaced throughout the camping areas for easy water access. All campsites are wooded with partial shade and have a generous area to spread out in. There are five campsites that are within a few hundred feet of Lake Superior.
The Forest Service is planning to open the Black River Harbor Campground this year by May 28, 2021. We are working to ensure that the drinking water system is operational during the 2021 season.
Please note, if there are updates to federal, state, or local guidance in response to COVID-19 these changes may require the Forest to delay opening or close recreation sites and facilities on the Ottawa National Forest.
The Forest will continue to communicate with the public if there are any changes in status of recreation sites and facilities through press releases, website , and social media. To make sure you are aware of the most up to date information and status of this facility, please continue to check notifications here on Recreation.gov prior to your trip.
The Black River Harbor Pavilion is closed for the 2021 season.
To ensure the health and safety of its visitors, employees, and partners, the Black River Harbor pavilion is closed for the 2021 season. The picnic area will be open for use, and vault toilet facilities will be available. There is a day use fee associated with this site from May 15 – September 30, of $5 per day per vehicle, or an annual pass for $30 per vehicle. The annual pass covers Lake Ottawa Recreation Area, Sylvania Recreation Area, and Black River Harbor Recreation Area. Please plan accordingly to ensure you can pay the daily fee at the self-registration fee tube. If you would like to purchase an annual pass, contact the Ottawa National Forest at 906-932-1330 to purchase your 2021 annual pass prior to your visit.
We appreciate your patience and understanding as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.
Known for its spectacular waterfalls, idyllic beaches, scenic hiking trails and tranquil campground, the Black River Harbor Recreation Area is a popular destination throughout the year. Originating in Wisconsin, the Black River flows through forested areas of large pine, hemlock and hardwood trees. The River has a series of scenic waterfalls as it drops in elevation to meet Lake Superior. Tannin (tannic acids) from hemlock trees is what gives it its unique color.
A historic pavilion built by the Civilian Conservation Corps is located in the recreation area next to the campground. The recreation area includes a large picnic area and Black River Harbor that has fishing charters available and in itself is a scenic area to explore. Trails run adjacent to the Black River and lead to several waterfalls. A foot bridge and short walk will take you across the Black River to Lake Superior and the sand beach swimming areas.
The campground is adjacent to the Black River Harbor Recreation Area. The Harbor offers one of the area's few access points to Lake Superior, with boating and fishing being a major summer time activity. Fishing charters are available at the harbor dock area. The boat ramp can accommodate almost any craft trailered in. There is no launching fee. Parking for trucks and boat trailers is ample. The area has many trails that follow the Black River leading you to the many waterfalls along the river. The recreation area has a large grassy area for picnics.
E6248 US 2 Ironwood MI 49938
For campground inquiries, please call: 906-932-1330
From Ironwood Mi., travel east on US 2 to Powderhorn Road, turn left onto Powderhorn Road and travel approximately 3 miles to CR 513, turn left onto CR 513 and travel approximately 11 miles to the Black River Harbor Recreation Area.