Area Status: Open
This area is 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 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

Current Conditions: Work will be continuing at Black River Harbor this year to improve facilities and resources for the public’s enjoyment.  Please be aware of the following:
  • Work has begun on Phase I of the BlackRiver Harbor dock replacement.  Accees to the docks and boat launch will be closed until further notice.
  • The lower parking lot and suspension bridge remain open during general construction, but will be closed when there is blasting occurring.
  • Please call before your trip for the most current conditions.
Please check back frequently for project updates and status of facilities. We thank you for your patience and support as we complete this much needed work at the Black River Harbor area.
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.
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.



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 located adjacent to the Harbor and day use area

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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Water Activities

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