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.
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.
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.
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!