Keweenaw Peninsula High Rock Bay | Wild Camping

United States

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Verified:
5 months ago
Altitude:
292.7 masl

Amenities

Electricity:
No
Wifi:
No
Kitchen:
No
Restaurant:
No
Showers:
No
Water:
Natural Source
Toilets:
Pit Toilets
Big Rig Friendly:
No
Tent Friendly:
Yes
Pet Friendly:
Yes

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The best camp spot in the UP. As far as you can drive north in Michigan. Long rough road in. Mid to high clearance recommend.

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Rough road but I made it in a silverado pulling a cargo trailer. stayed 2 nights. I was expecting solitude but the area was pretty busy. lots of mountain bikers and off road vehicles. but I still loved it! don't let the rough ride scare you away.. it did take me an hour and a half from copper harbor...

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This place is the bomb!!! Lots of comments mentioned rough road, so here are our stats to help you decide: we did 3 miles in 30 minutes averaging 5-15mph, we were in a Toyota Tacoma, and I'd say the road was rough but not difficult. Lots of ruts and puddles, so in wet conditions I can see it being worse. But, overall, if you take it slow and have high clearance you'll be fine.

The spot itself could EASILY fit 20 cars. (We were actually here on the Fri of a holiday weekend and I know for sure 20+ cars can find a spot, bc I've seen it.) There are a ton of fire rings and there's lots of space. We scored the very first spot kind of tucked away on a little road of its own to the right by the bathrooms. Nice and private. :)

There are actually restrooms (pit toilets) and trashcans up here, too!!

Amazing views of the lakes. Lots of trails around. Highly recommend making the drive if you're considering it.

Only potential downside to note is that it can definitely get windy.

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Had to give up two miles out. Road is suuuuper rough but the rocks didn’t stop me, the deep looking puddle did. Didn’t wanna chance it with the sun about to set, turned back and pulled off at one of the sites closer to town. Bummer.

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The site itself has at least 6 individual spots to set up with a view of the water (there are also a handful of pull-off spots on the road leading in). There isn’t a ton of privacy if others are there (we got there on a Tuesday and there were only 2 other groups staying the night, but by Wednesday the place filled up). There are at least 2 beaches and multiple other spots to get in the water from. A lot of people came and went for day use.
The drive in is definitely bumpy, specifically the last 3 miles, and there are a few muddy spots and 1 necessary large puddle ford but the water was only ankle deep when we were there (August). We made it in our old Chevy express 2wd, just went slow and careful. I’d say at least mid clearance would be a good idea.
Fortunately we saw very little (if any) trash at the site. There’s a trash can and fairly new pit toilets. Everyone we spoke to was super friendly.
Such a beautiful and special spot.

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Road was dry but rough for the truck camper. Beautiful location. Can hear & see the waves breaking against the shore. We stayed 3 nights. 2 Pit toilets.

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Lovely spot! 8+ campsites with long rocky lakeshore access. Road was bumpy, but puddles were rock bottomed and we got our sprinter out there no issue. Someone towed out a camper, so with the right driver, anything is possible! Popular to campers and day trippers alike.

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Amazing location! Not so sure about high clearance being needed though. We saw CRVs on the trail. Like many have said. Lots of different spots to set up. Amazing views. KORC has recently built toilets and provides trash cans, so no excuses on keeping the area beautiful!

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This spot is no joke, it’s essentially an ATV trail. Maybe I did it too close to spring and it was wet but there was 3 20 ft deep mud pits. I was alone so I turned around in my Tundra. Hopefully I get redemption at this one….

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Went on a Saturday afternoon after about 18 hours of straight rain had ended that morning.

Lots of water crossing none above like 2 feet in depth. Made it down no problems in stock Wrangler. Saw a few cars on the way in but nobody at camp site. Had the place all to ourselves. Lots of places to pull in, drive on rocky beach, and many campsites all down the beach.

Would not go down this trail without medium-high clearance any time after rain.

Bring dirt bike to ride around lots of trails nearby and along beaches.

Good yooperlite hunting found one small stone.

Roughly 1 hour drive from where trail ends on the map. Handful of campsites and pull offs on way in to point.

Trail overall moderately difficult to difficult when wet

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Last 3 miles out was a bit rough, but if a 2 wheel drive Sprinter van can make so can you! Lots of places to set up camp, we will be back!

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The road to get here was rough, but I made it in an Outback. The flies were terrible though, I have never had that big of an issue with flies before. They swarmed me and my car. I still stayed the night but was not really able to enjoy the stay.

The area was gorgeous otherwise!

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I drove about 40 minutes in my Sprinter until the water crossings got too bad for me to continue. I talked to someone on a 4-wheeler coming back from the point and he said they would only get worse the farther I went. I’ve been down some gnarly roads before; this is the first time I’ve ever had to turn around. High clearance absolutely necessary!

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Wonderful camp site. Worth the effort to get the main road is rough and full of puddles. Ground clearance needed. Fun off grid site besides the biting flies still around in Sept.

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This place was beautiful. Definitely worth the drive. There is a sign on the ‘main’ path indicating a right turn for high rock bay. Take that till it ends. Once you make that turn be prepared for a very rough ride. It took me approx 30mins to go the 3ish miles and I drive a stock 4Runner. I was concerned about space but there were plenty of spots. Everyone was respectful and it was clean. The only ‘disturbance’ was a group of quads that came in around 11 to set up camp. But they stayed quiet after the initial drive in. As a single mom with her teenage kid I would 100% go back out again.

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It’s so disappointing to see what has happened to what was once a beautiful, clean & serene place. There is toilet paper and trash everywhere. People running their generators made it very noisy.

If you look back at the previous comments of this place you’ll see that I stayed here 2 years ago. We were one of the only people here.

We did spend 3 nights nearby but it’s really quite a shame. Also the water crossings were minimal and easy.

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There's a lady at the copper Harbor visitor's center that will tell you not to go here; don't listen to her! She says it's full of trash, you'll step on a crack pipe and get robbed! Not my experience! There were some less-pleasant signs of humans, but it wasn't anything crazy or typically out of the ordinary. Nice spot out on the peninsula. A goon number of people but not too packed in, I had plenty of space but could see 4 or 5 other campers from where I was. You may be able to find more secluded spots in the forrest on the drive out. Got here just fine in my 2" lifted Transit. It's 4x4, but I didn't need it, and this was a day after a rain. There was a 2wd duely sprinter out there too. Great view of the stars and some friendly vanlifers!

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Great spot made it down with no issues in our 2004 sprinter. However, the biting flies were so bad we couldn’t leave the vehicle. I guess be careful in summer!

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This was one of the best spot I have found yet. Tons of spot some right on the water so not. Beautifully scenery of lake superior. Just be warned the ride in is long and very ROUGH. you definitely need some ground clearance and possibly 4×4 we mad it without out turning in on. there is 1 water crossing andiut a ft deep with no rain the week. If your up for the long bumpy ride this is a MUST.

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Last three miles is rough as many others described. I took a 40ft Skoolie down there and rubbed the bumper and smooshed the tailpipe... so worth it

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Cool spot, but it was kind of busy. The 7 mile trek took about an hour. Way bumpier road than anticipated. Took an ‘04 4Runner with a leveling kit. I didn’t scrape, but thought for sure I would on several occasions. Surprised to see some of these biggervand have Che led in. Perhaps the road was in rough shape when I was there?

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A beautiful spot with several areas with firepits.
The sunrise over Lake Superior is especially spectacular.

We arrived on a Wednesday and were surprised to find it was very crowded, especially considering the road to get in. Talking several groups of 6-15 tent campers. We were the only ones in a van at first. A couple vans came through in the following days.

ROAD CONDITIONS: it took us an hour once we hit the dirt road, the last 3 miles took about 40 minutes. It’s a ROUGH road with bumps, Rocks, potholes and huge puddles that take up the whole road. We drive a 2004 Sprinter Van, 2WD, 21 ft Long. So it is doable but it’s good to have experience driving rough roads.

Not sure who needs to hear this: TOILET PAPER IS TRASH AND SHOULD NOT BE LEFT BEHIND IN THE WOODS. Please pack it out and keep this place beautiful.

No cell service with Verizon.

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Great views and multiple spots to camp. If you follow a narrow trail or go left at the final fork, you can get to more beach area. The last 3 miles are rough with deep round areas that can fill with water. No cell service and GPS can be finicky at first. If you go on the beach, be prepared to winch yourself out.

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We drove the 7 miles to the site with a Hyundai Elantra and it was stressful but doable. The site at the tip is one of the best locations I’ve ever camped at - absolutely surreal and ultimately worth it. I was worried if someone was already at the campsite that there wouldn’t be room, but there was ample space to stretch out and multiple fire pits.

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Absolutely beautiful. We underestimated the drive there so make sure you’re in a 4 wheel drive car. If so you will be treated with the most northern and one of the most beautiful spots to camp in the state. Sun doesn’t set till super late during the summer but that just adds to how cool it is. There are trash cans and loosely defined parking areas but other than than that it’s pretty scenic. 10/10 camping here again.

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Honestly this place is amazing- gorgeous views- established fire pits. Scenic views- plenty of wildlife.
We made it with our 2WD extended express van after heavy rains there are many unavoidable water filled crossings and pot holes. Nothing deeper than 16 inches of water though. I recommend this for experienced drivers but it’s definitely doable for a 2WD vehicle

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Attempted to get here in our Ford Transit with AT tires. Got about half way down the dirt road before turning around. A lot of rocks to drive over. Annoyed because it looked great.

Recommend an off-road vehicle to get here.

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The best camp spot in the UP. As far as you can drive north in Michigan.

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