National Forest Treaty Gathering & Camping Regulations Summary

 

Campground Agreement

 

Campground Agreement Implementation

 

Wild Plant gathering in national forests

Fee-exempt Camping at National Forest Campgrounds

     Through an agreement between participating GLIFWC member bands and the US Forest Service, tribal members exercising treaty rights may camp for free and without length of stay restrictions for most campgrounds in the Chequamegon-Nicolet, Ottawa, Hiawatha, and Huron-Manistee National Forests.

     Member bands that have ratified the agreement include Bad River, Bay Mills, Keweenaw Bay, Lac du Flambeau, Lac Vieux Desert, Mille Lacs, Red Cliff, and Sokaogon (Mole Lake). Member bands that have not yet ratified the agreement include Lac Courte Oreilles and St. Croix.

      Some fee-exempt campgrounds still maintain length of stay restrictions between June 15 and August 15. The Forest Service states that these campgrounds experience high visitation rates during these summer months. This provision will be periodically reviewed to ensure that these restrictions are not interfering with the exercise of treaty rights.

     In addition, some campgrounds operated by concessionaires will not have fee or length of stay exemptions until the solicitation and awarding of new concessionaire contracts.

 

For fee-exempt camping in the NATIONAL FOREST campgrounds you must:

1.  Be a member of a band that has ratified the Tribal/USFS Campground    

      Agreement.
2.  From your tribal conservation department or other person designated by    

     your band, obtain a tribal camping permit, the list of fee-exempt camp-

     grounds, and the booklet entitled Regulations Summary: National

     Forest Treaty Gathering and Camping.
3.  Follow the camping registration procedures at the campground. Generally

     this involves providing information requested on a registration form or    

     envelope.

     a. Indicate the number of days that you plan on camping on both the tribal  

         camping permit and on the campground registration form.

     b. Instead of paying a fee, give the camping permit to the campground

         registration personnel or place the permit in the envelope.

4.  Camp only at the campsite for which you have registered.

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING REGARDING TRIBAL—USDA-FOREST SERVICE RELATIONS ON NATIONAL FOREST LANDS WITHIN THE TERRITORIES CEDED
IN TREATIES OF 1836, 1837, AND 1842 NATIONAL FOREST CAMPGROUNDS

CAMPGROUND FEE AND LENGTH-OF-STAY RESTRICTION
(VERSION 1.7) JUNE 2009

 

I. INTRODUCTION
As required by the National Forest Campground Fee and Length-of-stay Restriction Exemption
Agreement, this document identifies:

 

  • Fee-Exempt Campgrounds: Those National Forest campgrounds that may be used
    without charge in the exercise of the Tribes’ ceded territory rights;
  • Length-of-stay Restrictions: Those National Forest campgrounds for use in the
    exercise of the Tribes’ ceded territory rights that have specific length-of-stay
    limitations between June 15 and August 15; and
  • Campgrounds “Closed” at Certain Times of the Year: Those National Forest
    campgrounds where camping outside of their annual operating season is prohibited
    without a special tribal permit.

This document also provides additional information beyond what is specifically required by the
Exemption Agreement, such a whether campgrounds are operated by concessionaires. This
additional information is included to provide a single source where tribal leaders, tribal members
and those responsible for administering the tribal National Forest camping regulations can look
for information about the status of particular campgrounds.

 

This document is assembled as a table. The columns contained in this table are explained below.

 

II. EXPLANATION OF TABLE AND COLUMNS

A. COLUMN 1 – CAMPGROUNDS

 

Column 1 list attempts to list all campgrounds found on Forest Service lands that are
addressed by the Exemption Agreement and Implementation Plan. As used in this
document, “campground” means those campgrounds and campsites where a fee would
otherwise have to be paid by the general public to spend the night and where some
process, such as registration, is used to identify the camper and the specific campsite that
will be used.

 

At this time, Column 1 includes some campgrounds that are not fee-exempt for tribal
members. These are included in the interest of providing complete information. As
campgrounds change status, Column 1 will be amended.

 

B. COLUMN 2 – FEE-EXEMPT

 

Column 2 indicates whether the campground is fee exempt; that is, where fees are waived
for tribal members camping while exercising their treaty rights. Some concessionaire
contracts were already in place when the Exemption Agreement went into effect. Fees
and length-of-stay restrictions currently are not waived in them. The Forest Service has
agreed that as these contracts are renegotiated, the fee and length-of-stay exemptions will
be addressed. As these concessionaire campgrounds change status and become feeexempt,
the list will be amended.

 

C. COLUMN 3 – LENGTH-OF-STAY LIMITATIONS

 

Column 3 deals with how long tribal members may camp at a particular site. Under
general Forest Service rules, people are not permitted to remain in a campsite for more
than two weeks or 16 days, depending on the particular National Forest. For tribal
members camping while exercising their treaty rights, these length-of-stay restrictions do
not apply for most campgrounds. The term “waived” is used in Column 3 where there
are no length-of-stay restrictions for tribal members.

 

Where the Tribes have agreed, some campgrounds have a length-of-stay restriction
during the period June 15 through August 15, the peak tourist season. Column 3 shows
these the length-of-stay restrictions in number of days and the dates within which these
restrictions apply in parentheses.

 

Tribal members must comply with the existing length-of-stay restrictions in campgrounds
operated by concessionaires that presently are not fee-exempt. These length-of-stay
restrictions apply at all times and are listed in Column 3 in number of day.

 

D. COLUMN 4 – CLOSED OR OUT OF SERVICE

 

Column 4 identifies those campsites that are closed to camping outside of the annual
operating season without a special tribal permit and those campgrounds where camping
may take place but where no services are provided. This is a distinction in both tribal and
Forest Service regulations. It applies to campgrounds during the non-camping season
(usually winter).

 

Some campgrounds are designated as closed and all camping in these sites is prohibited
during the off-season without a special tribal permit
. Column 4 identifies these as
“closed.”

Column 4 identifies other campgrounds are designated as “out of service.” In these
campgrounds, camping during the off-season is permitted but limited services would be
available then. For example, there may be no toilet facilities, or garbage would not be
collected. Tribal members may camp in these areas with the understanding that certain
services would not be provided.

 

E. COLUMN 5 – CONCESSIONAIRES (EXPIRATION DATES)

 

Column 5 identifies those campgrounds that are operated by concessionaires under
contract with the Forest Service. The year the contracts are up for renewal is listed in the
parentheses for those campgrounds that currently do not have fee or length-of-stay
exemptions.

 

F. COLUMN 6 – RESERVATIONS

 

Column 6 identifies with a “yes” are campgrounds that use a local or national reservation
system to reserve particular campsites within a campground. Typically not all campsites
in a campground are included in the reservation system. Tribes and tribal members may
use the reservation system but with certain restrictions (see Section 6(c) in the Exemption
Agreement). Generally, tribal members making reservation through the national
reservation system will have to pay both camping fees and a reservation fee. Some
campgrounds on the Huron-Manistee National Forest have “maybe” entered in this
column. At these campgrounds, consessionaires have the option and responsibility to
decide to use the reservation system.

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Campground Fee Exempt Length-of-Stay Limits Closed or Out of Service Concessionaires (Expiration Date) Reservations
Ada Lake Yes Waived Closed No No
Anvil Lake Yes Waived Closed No No
Bagley Rapids Yes Waived Closed No No
Bear Lake Yes Waived Out of Service No No
Beaver Lake Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
Birch Grove Yes Waived Out of Service No No
Black Lake Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
Bladder Lake Yes 14 Out of Service No Yes
Boot Lake Yes 14(6/15-8/15) Closed No No
Boulder Lake Yes 14(6/15-8/15) Closed No Yes
Brule River Yes Waived Closed No No
Chipmunk Rapids Yes Waived Closed No No
Chippewa Yes Waived Closed(Rustic loop open) No Yes
Chippewa Yes Waived Out of Service No No
Day Lake Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
East Twin Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
Eastwood Yes Waived Closed No Yes
Emily Lake Yes Waived Out of Service No No
Franklin Lake Yes 14(6/15-8/15) Closed No Yes
Horseshoe Lake Yes Waived Closed No No
Kathryn Lake Yes Waived Closed No No
Kentuck Lake Yes Waived Closed No No
LacView Desert Yes 14 Closed No No
Lake Three Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes(some sites)
Laura Lake Yes Waived Closed No No
Laurel Lake Yes Waived Closed No No
Lost Lake Yes Waived Closed No No
Luna-White Deer Yes 14(6/15-8/15) Closed No No
Mineral Lake Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes(some sites)
Moose Lake Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
Morgan Lake Yes Waived Closed No No
Namekagon Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
N. Twin Lake Yes Waived Closed No No
Perch Lake Yes 14 Closed (South Loop) Out of Service (North Loop) No No
Picnic Point Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
Pine Lake Yes Waived Closed No No
Richardson Lake Yes Waived Out of Service No No
Sailor Lake Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
Sevenmile Lake Yes Waived Closed No No
Smith Rapids Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
Spearhead Point Yes Waived Closed No Yes
Spectacle Lake Yes Waived Closed No No
Stevens Lake Yes Waived Closed No No
Stockfarm Bridge Yes Waived Out of Service No No
Twin Lakes Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
Two Lakes Yes 14 (6/15-8/15) Closed Yes (2008) Yes
Wabasso Lake Yes Waived Out of Service No No
Wanoka Yes 14 Out of Service No Yes
West Point Yes Waived Closed No No
Windsor Dam Yes Waived Out of Service No No

 

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest

Remote-Developed Campground Fee Exempt Length-of-Stay Limits Closed or Out of Service Concessionaires (Expiration Date) Reservations
Bear Paw Lake Yes 14 Out of Service No No
Bose Lake Yes 14 Out of Service No No
Farr Lake Yes 14 Out of Service No No
Harriet Lake Yes 14 Out of Service No No
Himley Lake Yes 14 Out of Service No No
Indian Camp Lake Yes 14 Out of Service No No
Ludington Lake Yes 14 Out of Service No No
Luna Lake North Shore Yes 14 Out of Service No No
Mc Kinley Lake Yes 14 Out of Service No No
Mountain Lakes Yes 14 Out of Service No No
Old 32-McCaslin Brook Yes 14 Out of Service No No
Old Graves Road Yes 14 Out of Service No No
Oconto Barrier Free Yes 14 Out of Service No No
Quartz Lake Yes 14 Out of Service No No
Three Johns Lake Yes 14 Out of Service No No

Ottawa National Forest

Campground Fee Exempt Length-of-Stay Limits Closed or Out of Service Concessionaires (Expiration Date) Reservations
Black River Harbor Yes 14 Closed Yes No
Black River Harbor Docks Yes 14 Out of Service No No
Blockhouse Yes Waived Out of Service No No
Bob Lake Yes Waived Out of Service Yes No
Bobcat Lake Yes Waived Out of Service Yes No
Burned Dam Yes Waived Out of Service No No
Clark Lake/Sylvania Yes 14 Closed Yes No
Courtney Lake Yes Waived Closed Yes No
Golden Lake Yes Waived Closed Yes No
Henry Lake Yes Waived Out of Service Yes No
Imp Lake Yes 14 (6/15-8/15) Closed (1 loop open) Yes No
Lake Ottawa Yes 14 Closed Yes No
Lake Ste. Kathryn Yes Waived Out of Service Yes No
Langford Lake Yes Waived Out of Service No No
Marion Lake Yes 14 (6/15-8/15) Closed (1 Loop Open) Yes Yes (Group Site)
Moosehead Yes Waived Out of Service Yes No
Norway Lake Yes Waived Out of Service Yes No
Paint River Forks Yes Waived Out of Service No No
Perch Lake West Yes Waived Out of Service Yes No
Pomeroy Lake Yes Waived Out of Service Yes No
Robbins Pond Yes Waived Out of Service No No
Sparrow Rapids Yes Waived Out of Service No No
Sturgeon River Yes Waived Out of Service No No
Sylvania Wilderness Yes 14 Out of Service No Yes

Hiawatha National Forest

Campground Fee Exempt Length-of-Stay Limits Closed or Out of Service Concessionaires (Expiration Date) Reservations
AuTrain No 14 Closed Yes (2010) Yes
Bay View Yes 14 Closed Yes (2012) Yes
Bay Furnace No 14 Closed Yes (2010) No
Brevort Lake Yes 14 Closed Yes (2012) Yes
Camp 7 No 14 Closed Yes (2010) Yes
Carp River Yes 14 Closed Yes (2012) Yes
Colwell Lake No 14 Closed Yes (2010) Yes
Corner Lake No 14 Closed Yes (2010) No
Flowing Well No 14 Closed Yes (2010) Yes
Foley Creek Yes 14 Closed Yes (2012) Yes
Indian River No 14 Closed Yes (2010) No
Island Lake No 14 Closed Yes (2010) No
Lake Michigan Yes 14 Closed Yes (2012) Yes
Little Bay de Noc No 14 Closed Yes (2010) Yes
Little Bass Lake No 14 Closed Yes (2010) No
Monocle Lake Yes 14 Closed Yes (2012) Yes
Pete’s Lake No 14 Closed Yes (2010) Yes
Soldier Lake Yes 14 Closed Yes (2012) Yes
Three Lake Yes 14 Closed Yes (2012) Yes
Widewaters No 14 Closed Yes (2010) No

Hiawatha National Forest

Dispersed Fee-Demo Campground Fee Exempt Length-of-stay Limits Closed or Out of Service Concessionaires (Expiration Date) Reservations
Bass Lake (1) Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
Bear Lake (1) Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
Camp Cook (4) Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
Carr Lake (1) Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
Chicago Lake (4) Yes 14 Out of Service No Yes
Cookson Lake (5) Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
Crooked Lake (4) Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
East Lake (3) Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
Ewing Point (1) Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
Gooseneck Lake (4) Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
Ironjaw Lake (1) Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
Jackpine Lake (2) Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
Lake Nineteen (1) Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
Leg Lake (2) Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
Lyman Lake (10) Yes 14 Out of Service No Yes
Minerva Lake (1) Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
Mowe Lake (2) Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
Stueben Lake (2) Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes
Swan Lake (4) Yes 14 Out of Service No Yes
Triangle Lake (2) Yes 14 Out of Service No Yes
Council Lake (6) Yes Waived Out of Service No Yes

Huron-Manistee National Forest

Campground Fee Exempt Length-of-Stay Limits

Closed or

Out of Service

Concessionaires

(Expiration Date)

Reservations
Bear Track Yes 14 Out of Service Yes (2017) No
Benton Lake Yes 14 Closed Yes (2017) Maybe*
Bowman Bridge Yes 14 Closed Yes (2017) Yes
Gleasons Landing Yes 14 Out of Service Yes (2017) Yes
Hemlock Yes 14 Closed Yes (2017) No
Highbank Lake Yes 14 Closed Yes (2017) Maybe*
Kneff Lake Yes 14 Closed Yes (2017) Maybe*

Lake Michigan

Recreation Area

Yes 14

2 Loops Closed

2 Loops Out of Service

Yes (2017) Yes (25%)
Nichols Lake Yes 14 Closed Yes (2017) Maybe*
Old Grade Yes 14 Closed Yes (2017) Maybe*
Peterson Bridge Yes 14 Closed Yes (2017) No
Pine Lake Yes 14 Out of Service Yes (2017) No
Pines Point Yes 14 Closed Yes (2017) Maybe
Ravine Yes Waived Out of Service No No
Sand Lake No 14 Closed Yes (2017) Yes (60%)
Seaton Creek No 14 Out of Service Yes (2017) No
Timber Creek Yes Waived Out of Service No No

*Column 6 - New concession permits were issued and it is concession permit holder option and responsibility to decide to use the National Reservation Service or not. Check for reservation opportunities at www.recreation.gov