Bay Furnace Campground and Picnic Area

Bay Furnace

Bay Furnace Campground and Picnic Area is located in Alger County. It is 5 miles west of Munising on M28, on the south shore of Lake Superior, at Christmas. You can enjoy the scenic view of Lake superior with its spectacular sunrises, sunsets, and occasional northern lights displays. Toilets and drinking water are conveniently located throughout the campground. A sanitary dumping station and pressurized drinking water are available for self-contained vehicles.


Bay Furnace Campground and Picnic Area

This convenient location makes this a perfect site for the traveler who would like to camp overnight. It is also a perfect place to stay while enjoying the recreational opportunities available in the Munising area.


Among many others, are the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, Alger Underwater Preserve, the boat cruises, Miners Castle, and many delightful waterfalls.



Bay Furnace Historic Site

Site History

In 1869 the iron smelting town of Onota occupied this picturesque site. For almost 8 years the town prospered and developed into a community of about 500 people. In 1877 a fire destroyed the town, leaving only the iron kiln ruins to be seen today.



There are 50 campsites, each with a fireplace ring and picnic table.


Picnic Area

the picnic area has tables, grills, drinking water, toilets, and a sandy beach. This area overlooks Lake Superior which makes it an ideal place for a picnic or to spend the day enjoying the beautiful surroundings.



Lake trout and salmon fishing is good in Lake Sucerior. For information on fishing in the Great Lakes, the inland lakes and their tributaries, contact any Hiawatha National Forest District Office or the Forest Supervisor's Office in Escanaba.



Boat ramps are available at Munising and Au Train bays.



The campground serves as a campsite for divers exploring the shipwrecks of the Alger Underwater Preserve.


General Information

Camp supplies, food, and fishing supplies can be found near the Campground. Firewood is available from a concessionaire who travels through the Campground. Bay Furnace Campground is a fee area.


Bay Furnace Campground Map



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