Hi there!

 

If you’re looking for a campground to stay at that will give you Lake Superior views, you might want to consider staying at Bay Furnace campground! 

This campground is located right on Lake Superior. It is one of the many Lake Superior camping spots!

 

Bay Furnace campground. Lake Superior camping in hiawatha national forest. Best campground in UP upper peninsula. michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace Campground. Camping on Lake Superior campground great lakes. Camping in Hiawatha National Forest. UP upper peninsula Michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace Campground. Camping on Lake Superior campground great lakes. Camping in Hiawatha National Forest. UP upper peninsula Michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace Campground. Camping on Lake Superior campground great lakes. UP upper peninsula Michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace Campground. Camping on Lake Superior campground great lakes. UP upper peninsula Michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace Campground. Camping on Lake Superior campground great lakes. UP upper peninsula Michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace Campground. Camping on Lake Superior campground great lakes. UP upper peninsula Michigan travel blog

 

 

First, some quick things to know about the Bay Furnace campground.

Then, a bit on how to make reservations, along with how to register and pay for your campsite if you’re arriving without reservations.

And then, a few things to do near Bay Furnace campground.

 

 

Things to know about Bay Furnace campground

 

1. Right near the Bay Furnace campground, you can check out the Bay Furnace ruins!

Bay Furnace campground near Bay Furnace ruins. UP Michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace campground near Bay Furnace ruins. UP Michigan travel blog

 

According to the Hiawatha National Forest:

Pioneer iron-makers built here because the curving shoreline and offshore islands create a protected harbor for ships.

The logs you see along the beach remain from a dock that was once 1,200 feet long.

 

Bay Furnace is all that remains of Onota, an iron-making settlement destroyed by fire in 1877.

 

It is one of the last remaining structures of its kind in the Upper Peninsula.

 

 

2. The Bay Furnace campground is a part of Hiawatha National Forest.

Bay Furnace Campground in Hiawatha National Forest. UP upper peninsula Michigan travel blog

 

Hiawatha National Forest covers a big part of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. As you are driving through the UP, you are likely to come across several national forest signs. 

There are also a number of Hiawatha National Forest campgrounds, and Bay Furnace campground is one of them.

 

 

3. You can get Lake Superior views all around!

Bay Furnace Campground. lake superior picnic. UP upper peninsula Michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace Campground. Camping on Lake Superior campground great lakes. UP upper peninsula Michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace Campground. Camping on Lake Superior campground great lakes. UP upper peninsula Michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace Campground. Camping on Lake Superior campground great lakes. UP upper peninsula Michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace Campground. Camping on Lake Superior campground great lakes. UP upper peninsula Michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace Campground. Camping on Lake Superior campground great lakes. UP upper peninsula Michigan travel blog

 

 

4. It’s possible to get a campsite with Lake Superior views!

Bay Furnace campground. Best camping on Lake Superior campground. Hiawatha national forest. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog.

Bay Furnace campground. Best camping on Lake Superior campground. Hiawatha national forest. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog.

Bay Furnace campground. Best camping on Lake Superior campground. Hiawatha national forest. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog.

Bay Furnace campground. Best camping on Lake Superior campground. Hiawatha national forest. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog.

 

 

5. There’s a small beach and you can swim at the lake.

Bay Furnace campground beach on Lake Superior. UP Michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace campground beach on Lake Superior. UP Michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace campground beach on Lake Superior. UP Michigan travel blog

 

Lake Superior tends to be cold, but there are people who do swim in the lake.

 

 

6. This is a rustic campground. There is no electricity. There are no “modern” bathrooms or showers.

 

 

7. There are vault toilets.

Bay Furnace Campground. pit toilet bathroom. UP Michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace Campground. pit toilet bathroom. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

8. There is a water faucet for drinking water

Bay Furnace Campground. drinking water. UP Michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace Campground. drinking water. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

9. There’s firewood available for purchase on-site

Bay Furnace Campground. where to buy firewood. UP Michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace Campground. where to buy firewood. UP Michigan travel blog

 

Depending on how much firewood you want, the cost of a bundle will be $5 or $10.

 

 

10. The campground is for tent camping and RV camping

 

 

11. There’s a trash dumpster spot for campers.

Bay Furnace Campground. trash garbage dumpster. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

12. There is an RV dump station.

Bay Furnace Campground. rv camping dump station. UP Michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace Campground. rv camping dump station fee cost. UP Michigan travel blog

 

Free for Bay Furnace campers. $5 fee otherwise.

 

 

13. You can make reservations online

This is the official website to make your national forest campsite reservation.

 

 

14. There may be campsites available if you just show up. This would be for the campsites that are on a first-come first-serve basis. You show up, claim your campsite, and make payment on-site.

Bay Furnace Campground. campsite reservations, first come first serve. UP Michigan travel blog

 

More on the procedure for this below.

 

 

15. Camping is $20 per night.

2020 fees. Check here for current cost.

 

 

16. The Bay Furnace campground is located off a main road

Road to Bay Furnace Campground. UP Michigan travel blog

 

 

You can read the reviews for Bay Furnace Campground.

 

 

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How to register and pay for your campsite at Bay Furnace campground

When you drive into the campground, if you keep driving, you’ll come across a registration station. There is no person at the entry, and it’s self-registration. 

You can pull up to the registration station and read over the instructions and updated information.

 

Bay Furnace campground. finding first come first serve camping campsite in Hiawatha national forest. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog.

Bay Furnace campground. finding first come first serve camping campsite in Hiawatha national forest. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog.

Bay Furnace campground. finding first come first serve camping campsite in Hiawatha national forest. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog.

Bay Furnace campground. finding first come first serve camping campsite in Hiawatha national forest. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog.

Bay Furnace campground. finding first come first serve camping campsite in Hiawatha national forest. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog.

Bay Furnace campground. finding first come first serve camping campsite in Hiawatha national forest. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog.

 

You can grab a registration envelope from the small box.

 

Bay Furnace campground. Camping payment in Hiawatha national forest. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog.

Bay Furnace campground. Camping fee in Hiawatha national forest. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog.

 

And then you can go drive through the campground in search of your perfect camping spot in the national forest!

 

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Bay Furnace campground campsites. camping in hiawatha national forest, lake superior campground. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace campground campsites. camping in hiawatha national forest, lake superior campground. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace campground campsites. camping in hiawatha national forest, lake superior campground. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace campground campsites. camping in hiawatha national forest, lake superior campground. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace campground campsites. camping in hiawatha national forest, lake superior campground. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace campground campsites. camping in hiawatha national forest, lake superior campground. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace campground campsites. camping in hiawatha national forest, lake superior campground. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace campground campsites. camping in hiawatha national forest, lake superior campground. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace campground campsites. camping in hiawatha national forest, lake superior campground. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace campground campsites. camping in hiawatha national forest, lake superior campground. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog

Bay Furnace campground campsites. camping in hiawatha national forest, lake superior campground. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog

 

Because there are some campsites that are possible to be reserved in advance, some of these campsites might have a paper clipped to it indicating that the campsite is reserved.

 

Bay Furnace campground. campsite reservation in Hiawatha national forest. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog.

 

If there’s a paper clipped but you don’t see the campsite occupied, you might look to check the check-in or check-out date on the paper to see if it’ll be available for that night. The check-in date might be 2-3 days from the day you arrive, so if you’re only staying one night it would be available to you. Or maybe the person just checked out, and the paper just hasn’t been removed yet.

Once you’ve found the campsite you want to stay at, you can fill out the form with payment, and then deposit it into the small green post that’s next to the registration station.

 

Bay Furnace campground. campsite payment cost fee in Hiawatha national forest. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog.

 

And then once you’ve officially selected your campsite, you can clip your registration form to the campsite post!

 

Bay Furnace campground. campsite self-reservation in Hiawatha national forest. UP upper peninsula michigan travel blog.

 

If you don’t find any available campsites, you might see if there’s a national forest service worker around to see if there might be any known check-outs. 

Otherwise, you might try another Hiawatha National Forest campground that’s about a 20 minute drive away, the Au Train Lake campground.

 

 

Things to do near Bay Furnace campground

 

1. Grand Island

Bay Furnace Campground to Grand Island ferry. Things to do near Bay Furnace campground. UP Michigan travel blog

 

You will be able to see Grand Island from the campground, and you can go and visit it to. Many people make a day trip to Grand Island. (Others stay overnight at the backcountry campsites.)

Grand Island is also a part of Hiawatha National Forest as the Grand Island National Recreation Area. You take a ferry to get there. Or you can kayak to get there.

The Bay Furnace campground to the spot where you catch the Grand Island ferry is around a 5-10 minute drive.

 

 

2. Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore

Bay Furnace Campground to Pictured Rocks cliffs. Things to do near Bay Furnace campground. UP Michigan travel blog

 

On the Munising side of Pictured Rocks is where you’ll find the famous Pictured Rocks cliffs. Boat tours and kayak tours are popular.

For activities on your own, you may be interested in Miners Castle (famous overlook), Miners Falls, Munising Falls, and the Chapel trail area (waterfalls, beach, famous rock, cliffs). 

The Bay Furnace campground to the Pictured Rocks Munising Visitor Center is around a 10-15 minute drive.

See about Pictured Rocks camping and the best of Pictured Rocks.

 

 

3. Roadside waterfalls

There are a few roadside waterfalls nearby. These are right off the side of the road, and you can even see them from the road if you are looking out for it. There is also a pullover area in case you want to stop and get closer.

 

Scott Falls

Bay Furnace Campground to Scott Falls. Things to do near Bay Furnace campground. UP Michigan travel blog

 

The Bay Furnace campground to Scott Falls is a 10 minute drive. You can walk behind these waterfalls.

 

 

Alger Falls

Bay Furnace Campground to Alger Falls. Things to do near Bay Furnace campground. UP Michigan travel blog

 

The Bay Furnace campground to Alger Falls is around a 20 minute drive. Nearby these waterfalls is Wagner Falls that requires a short trail to get to.

 

 

And that’s a bit about camping at a Hiawatha national forest campground!

 

See the list of best Michigan state park campgrounds in the UP for more lake view campsites.

 

More for your UP drive:

 

HAPPY CAMPING ON LAKE SUPERIOR AT BAY FURNACE CAMPGROUND!

 

Bay Furnace campground. Lake Superior camping in hiawatha national forest. Best campground in UP upper peninsula. michigan travel blog

 

 

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