Standard (tent/RV)
Dispersed
Group
RV Sites
Tent Sites
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
No Drinking Water
About Hogback Lake Rustic Campground & Backcountry Sites

The Hogback Lake Area has a rustic campground with 3 sites, a 5 mile trail system passing 6 lakes with several different loops, and 5 backcountry campsites along the trail.  There is also a boat launch and an accessible fishing pier.  

For a map of the Hogback Lake Area and driving instructions, click here.

Operator
USDA Forest Service
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Boat In
Features
Alcohol Allowed
No Drinking Water
No Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
No Firewood Available
No Market
Pets Allowed
No Phone Service
Picnic Table
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Showers
Toilets
No Trash
No Water Hookups
No WiFi
Location
Hogback Lake Rustic Campground & Backcountry Sites is located in Minnesota
Latitude
47.6289 N
Longitude
-91.1368 W
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Directions
From Tofte on MN 61: At Temperance River State Park, just south of the river, take FR 343 (Temperance River Rd) inland. Drive 4.5 miles to a T intersection with FR 166 (The '600' Road). Turn left on FR 166 and drive 5 miles to Co 7.  Turn right on Co 7. Drive approx 5 miles to FR 172 (Wanless Rd).  Turn left. Hogback Lake is a very short distance from Co 7 on FR 172 on the left.  Access to the hiking trails and backcountry sites is also located off Co 7 before reaching FR 172 at a sign reading 'Steer Lake'. Alternatively, get onto Co 7 at MN 1 in Finland.
3 Reviews of Hogback Lake Rustic Campground & Backcountry Sites
Hogback late primitive camping.

We stayed at the hike in primitive campsite.  The hike was about 45 mins on varying level of terrains. At that site there was a fire pit.  No running water and no outhouse.  The lake was clear and nice.  The next couple of nights we stayed at the actual campground. This had 3 rustic campsites nicely spaced.  All including a fire ring and picnic table.  There was an outhouse located near the boat launch.  There also was a fishing pier.   In addition there was a picnic area.  Many lakes in the area off of the dirt road all including some campsites.

Gorgeous, with plenty of hiking

At this campground there are drive in sites as well as sites only available via the hiking trail. I camped at one of the sites along the trail and I cannot downplay how beautiful it was. The trails have some muddy spots, and areas with downed trees but nothing a little creativity to get around them won’t fix. Plenty of spots around the many lakes to cast in a line to go fishing (but do note they are designated trout lakes, so you can only fish during trout season and with a trout stamp in addition to your fishing license). There is also a little fishing pier at the entrance next to the drive in spots. The camp spots I looked at around the hiking loop mostly have fire rings and two even have picnic tables! The loop lets you see all of the lakes, and goes through the gorgeous northern Minnesota forest. With birch all around to get some shedded bark for fires at night.

First to Review
Close to lake

There are 3 rustic campsites at this campground, all of which are free. They are a little smaller than some up in the area, so a larger tent may not fit in these sites. The sites are very close to the lake, which is a plus for a view. There is also a picnic area just across the driveway through the campground right on the lake. Great spot!