Bay Furnace Campground

Area Status: Closed

At Bay Furnace Campground you can enjoy the scenic view of Lake Superior with its spectacular sunrises, sunsets, and occasional northern light displays. This convenient location makes it a perfect site for the traveler who would like to camp overnight. It is also a perfect place to stay while enjoying the recreational opportunities available in the Munising area. Among many others are the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Alger Underwater Preserve, the boat cruises, Miner`s Castle, and many delightful waterfalls. Bay Furnace Day Use Site offers spectacular views Grand Island National Recreation Area. The very large day use area has several picnic sites and access to a rocky beach along the lake. Link to Campground Map.

At a Glance

Operational Hours:
  • Check-in Time: 2 pm
  • Check-out Time: 11 am
Reservations: Some of the sites at Bay Furnace are reservable. Reservations for all of our campgrounds are made on our national recreation reservation system. To check availability of National Forest Campsites or to make a reservation, call 877-444-6777 or go to   To view Bay Furnace reservable sites and see an interactive map, go to
Fees: Standard Non Electric Site Fee $22 Federal Recreation Passes (Golden/America the Beautiful) are accepted.  Dump station Fee $5.00
Open Season: May 15 - October 8
Closest Towns: Munising
Water: Drinking Water
Restroom: Vault

General Information


From Munising travel west on M-28 aproximately 5 miles to the village of Chrismas. The campground road is located across from the Kewadin Casino. Turn right ( north) and drive to the campground.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



Adjacent to the Campground, the Bay Furnace Day Use site includes a rugged Lake Superior beachfront.

Campground Camping

There are 50 campsites, each with a fire ring and table. Toilets and drinking water are conveniently located throughout the campground. A sanitary dumping station and pressurized drinking water are available for self-contained vehicles.

No. of Accessible sites 50

Lake and Pond Fishing

Fishing in Lake Superior off shore is best by boat. There is no boat launch at Bay Furnace but there is a boat launch (Au Train Bay Boat Launch) approximately 10 miles west on M-28 as well as in Munising.
Fish Species Lake Trout, Salmon

Day Hiking

Off of the Day Use Area, a short 1/8 mile interpretive trail takes you around the ruins of a blast furnace where pig iron was made in the 1870s. Interpretive Signs tell the story of furnace.

Difficulty Level: Easy


The picnic area has tables, grills, drinking water, toilets, and a rocky beach. This area overlooks Lake Superior making it an ideal place for a picnic or to spend the day. You can enjoy the scenic view of Lake Superior with its spectacular sunrises, sunsets, and occasional northern light displays.

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