Area Status: Open
Known for its spectacular waterfalls, idyllic beaches, scenic hiking trails and tranquil campground, the Black River Harblor 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 (tanic acids)from hemlock trees is what gives it its unique color.
The Harbor offers one of the area's few access points to Lake Superior, with boating being a major summer time activity. The boat ramp can accommodate almost any craft trailered in. There is no launching fee. Boat fuel and snacks are available through the concessionaire. Parking for trucks and boat trailers is ample.
A historic pavillion built by the CCC is also located here. For guidelines on use of the pavillion, see the attached document: BRH Pavillion Guidelines.
At a Glance
||The Black River Harbor boat launch is closed through December 13, due to repairs to a retaining wall along the Black River. The Black River Harbor day-use area is open, an outhouse near the footbridge over the river is available. The campground and pavilion are closed for the season. The campground is expected to reopen in 2016.
||Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
||Docking fees are determined by size of boat. Contact Ottawa National Forest for more information regarding fees.
||Camping in a developed recreation site is allowed for a period not longer than 14 days, except as otherwise posted. After this time, you must move to another campground or dispersed site for at least 24 hours. Campers must occupy the site the first night. Eight people and 2 motorized vehicles are allowed per campsite with a maximum of one RV or camper trailer and two tents per camping site or three tents per camping site.
||Bessemer, Mi. is 15 miles to the south
||Pressurized Water System. Not potable.
||Two sets of flush toilets in campground, 1 set in day use area and a vault toilet in day use area
||Golden Age/Interagency Senior Pass and Access Passes are accepted in the campground.
||Campground is operated by Clark Campground Concessions under special use permit, 218-310-1954.
||The day use area is managed by the Ottawa National Forest. For more information or questions please contact the Bessemer Ranger District at 906-932-1330. Campground, pavillion, and concession stand are operated by Clark Campground Concessions under special use permit, 218-310-1954.
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.
From Wakefield, Mi., travel west on US 2 to Powderhorn Road, turn right 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.
Large Parking lot.