Black River Harbor Recreation Area

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Sign for BRH Campground

Black River Harbor Recreation Area is composed of the Campground, the Harbor and adjacent picnic grounds and  waterfall observation facilities. The campground is a modern facility with flush toilets, sewer dumping station, pressurized water system, and 40 paved camping spurs. The campsites can accommodate tents, trailers and motor homes. Seven campsites provide overlooks to Lake Superior. Each campsite is bordered by vegetation providing privacy for a quiet enjoyable experience.

The Harbor offers one of the area's few access points to Lake Superior, with boating being a major summertime activity. There is no launching fee, however, there is a fee for transient docking. Boat fuel is available and there is ample parking for tucks and trailers.

Tall hemlock and pine surround the Black River Harbor day use area. Picnic tables and grills are available for visitors, as well as an enclosed pavillion with fireplace, which can be reserved for special events. Access to the beach and North Country National Scenic Trail are by crossing the area's unique suspension bridge.

There are five distinct and picturesque waterfalls within the Recreation Area that you won't want to miss. All are accessible by traveling County Road 513 or by hiking the North Country National Scenic Trail northward from the Harbor parking lot or southward from Conglomorate Falls parking lot.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The campground is closed for the season.
Operational Hours: 24 hours - self pay
Area Amenities: Accessible,Boat ramp,Tent camping,Camping trailer,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees Camping is $16 a night
Open Season: May
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: June-September
Busiest Season: July-September
Restrictions: 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.
Closest Towns: Bessemer, Mi. is 15 miles to the south
Water: Pressurized Water System
Restroom: Two sets of flush toilets in campground, 1 set in day use area and a vault toilet in day use area
Passes: Golden Age/Interagency Senior Pass and Access Passes are accepted in the campground.
Operated By: Campground operated by Lawn and Snow Outdoor Maintenance under a special use permit, 906-284-0206.
Information Center:   The concession stand, located on the docks at Black River Harbor, will be open from June to August (and possibly into Sept.) on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 1:00 to 5:00 pm and on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.  Hours and days of operation are subject to change dependent on weather and/or demand and will be clearly posted.  Snack items, books, ice and possibly firewood will be available for sale. Fuel service will be available to boaters from May 15 through Sept 15, weather dependent.     The campground and concession stand are operated by a private concessionaire under a special use permit. The concessionaire permitee is Lawn & Snow Outdoor Maintenance in Iron River, Mi. For additional information or questions about the campground please contact Lawn & Snow Outdoor Maintenance at 906-284-0206 or the local Ranger District. Day Use areas are operated by the Forest Service.

General Information


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.

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Boat ramp Located in Harbor
Camping trailer 40 sites
Toilets Two sets of flush toilets in camping area, 1 set of flush toilets day use/pavilion area, and a vault toilet in the picnic area.
Accessible Restrooms at day use area are accessible. 40 picnic tables in the day use area are accessible.
Picnic tables Each campsite, two overlooking Lake Superior, and 40 in day use picnic area
Fee charged for some activities Camping, Pavilion, and Docking
Parking Large paved parking lot located adjacent to day use/picnic area
Tent camping 40 sites
Drinking water Pressurized Water System