Clubhouse Lake Campground is located on its peaceful namesake in the beautiful Chippewa National Forest. Visitors enjoy the area for its fishing and canoeing opportunities in a scenic natural setting.
Clubhouse Lake has excellent water quality and is about 90 feet deep, providing great fishing opportunities for northern pike, bass and panfish. Swimming, canoeing and kayaking are very popular activities on the lake. The Rice River Canoe Route starts its journey to the Big Fork River from waters that flow into Clubhouse Lake.
A sandy swimming beach, an accessible fishing pier and a day use area are located within the campground at the water's edge. A kid's fishing day is held at the campground in June, sponsored by the Big Fork Lion's Club and the Forest Service.
The campground offers 28 reservable and 19 first-come, first-served, single-family campsites. Each site is equipped with a picnic table and campfire ring. Vault toilets and hand-pumped drinking water are provided.
The campground is patrolled regularly by Forest Service personnel and Itasca County law enforcement officers.
The campground lies off Highway 38, which is the nation's first National Scenic Byway, known as "The Edge of the Wilderness." A beautiful stand of 200-year-old red and white pine trees cover the campground on the western shore of Clubhouse Lake.
The Marcell Discovery Center is located a half-mile north of Marcell. It is a must-see for anyone camping in the area. The brand new facility offers many excellent displays, a gift shop and several weekly naturalist programs.
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This is your typical Forest Service dry campground. It is reservable in the summer but when we visited in the fall, it was first come, first serve. And it was empty. We got a site right at the swimming beach. The beach however is quite small and suitable for children. There isn't any hiking directly from the camp site but there is just a few miles away.
It is heavily forested so the solar didn't do us much good so if you're going to be there a while, you will need a generator if you are in an RV. Cell service is intermittent at best. You might be able to make a call but no more than that.
We have a small 5th wheel so we had many options but at least half the sites would only take a small trailer or tent. I would say about 32'-35' is the max. The road in is mostly paved with only the last mile well graded dirt passable by all vehicles. We would stay there again.
Good place for a camping get away. We had 4 groups taking 4 spots adjacent to each other. Children loved the swimming, canoeing and hiking. The sites were spacious enough for a large tent and screen tent.
Not too far from Marcell where you can get any supplies that you may have forgot or just ran out of.