Geographically, Point Detour is located in the Red Cliff Band of the Chippewa Reservation. With a very small stretch of the imagination and a few federal boundaries, the point also could be part of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore.
The privately owned Point Detour Campground is situated on the south shore of Lake Superior and nearly every campsite has a view of Gitchee Gumee's shining, big-sea waters.
The rustic campsites at Point Detour Campground have seen better days, but the current owner is slowly improving the facilities - and that's part of the attraction. Most, but not all, of the campsites are wide open to view from the loop-style access road, but all are well screened on the sides from the other sites by mature trees of many varieties. Wild strawberries and raspberries grow in abundance between the trees.
Point Detour Campground is rustic living at its utmost. There are potable water and pit toilets, but no electric hook-ups or sanitary dump. The campfire rings are circles of rocks, not old truck tire rims or slices from 55-gallon drums. Most of the campsites have cast iron grills in addition to their fire rings.
The campground's near-total darkness after sunset guarantees a good night's rest free from neighboring radios and CD players - and the absence of electricity pretty much ensures an unimpeded view of the Aurora Borealis when the atmospheric conditions are right and the fabled Northern Lights appear.
Supplies, ice and firewood all are available from several markets in the area and in Bayfield, the ferryhead to the Apostle Islands about a dozen miles back down State Route 13. Supplies also are available in the villages of Cornucopia to the west and Red Cliff to the east of the campground on State Route 13. You can call Point Detour Campground at 715 779-3743 for information or reservations.