Area Status: Open
Black River Harbor

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 pavilion built by the CCC is also located here.  For guidelines on use of the pavillion, see the attached document:  BRH Pavilion Guidelines.

At a Glance

Reservations: None
Area Amenities: Boat ramp,Fee charged for some activities,Picnic tables,Toilets,Drinking water,Parking
Fees: Docking fees are determined by size of boat. Contact Ottawa National Forest for more information regarding fees.
Permit Info: Permits are required for docking.
Open Season: - December 31
Usage: Light-Medium
Best Season: July-September
Busiest Season: July-August
Closest Towns: Bessemer, Michigan
Water: Yes, pressurized water system
Restroom: Yes, in Picnic Area
Passes: Golden Age/Interagency Senior Pass and Access Passes are accepted

General Information

General Notes:

Boat Fuel and sewage dumping service is available during normal open season provided by concessionaire.  The camp host has posted their campsite number at the dock.  Please contact the host for assistance.


Accessibility:


Directions:

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.

 


Parking:

Large parking lot located adjacent to the Harbor and day use area


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities

Lake and Pond Fishing

Lake Superior is easily accessible from Black River Harbor for the enjoyment of all. If its deep water fishing or fishing from the shoreline the facilities at Black River Harbor will make this all a reality. The Harbor is one of the area's few access points to Lake Superior with boating being a major summertime activity. The boat ramp can accommodate almost any craft trailered in. There is no launching fee and ample parking is available. An on-site concessionaire regulates boaters requiring transient docking. Docking is on a first-come, first-serve basis. The concessionaire offers fuel and sewage pumping services for boaters and provides a limited amount of supplies for boaters and picnickers during regularly scheduled hours of operation. Contact (906) 932-1330 for specific information about the concessionaire and their services, which run annually from Memorial Day through September.

Current Conditions: Closed for season
Status: Closed
Open Season: May-September
Best Season: July-August
Hours of Operation: 24 hours, during open season
Difficulty Level: Easy to Intermediate

Boating - Motorized

Lake Superior is easily accessible from Black River Harbor for the enjoyment of all. If its deep water fishing or fishing from the shoreline the facilities at Black River Harbor will make this all a reality. The Harbor is one of the area's few access points to Lake Superior with boating being a major summertime activity. The boat ramp can accommodate almost any craft trailered in. There is no launching fee and ample parking is available. Docking is on a first-come, first-serve basis. Contact (906) 932-1330 for more information.

General Info:

Seasonal Information

The planned opening date is May 28th and through the Labor Day Weekend.  Dates are subject to change.  Please contact the Ottawa National Forest for additional information.


Amenities

Picnic tables: In adjacent day use area
Fee charged for some activities: Daily fees charged for transient docking. Seasonal docking provided under permit
Parking: Large parking area located adjacent day use area
Toilets: In adjacent day use area
Boat ramp: No Charge
Drinking water:

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
46.665382

  Longitude : 
-90.047101