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About Fall Lake

Fall Lake Campground is located on the shores of Fall Lake and provides direct access into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). The campground opens in early May in time for walleye fishing season, making it a popular place for anglers. Others are drawn to Fall Lake for its birding, swimming, hiking and boating opportunities.

Superior National Forest, located in northeastern Minnesota's arrowhead region, is comprised of 3 million acres. The forest spans 150 miles along the United States-Canada border.


Part of Fall Lake lies within the BWCAW, while the rest of the lake is open to unrestricted boating, permits are required to enter the BWCAW. View recreation guides and maps of hiking trails and canoe routes in the national forest.

Kids love the campground's swimming beach, playground and picnic area. A 1.5 mile hiking trail is also a favorite pastime for families. Anglers can try their luck for smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, crappie, perch and bluegill.

Some campers might be interested in the unique opportunity to view the visitor center's display of replica artifacts found during archaeological digs within the campground and surrounding areas.

There's no shortage of popular local events to attend, including the City of Ely's July 4th fireworks, the Blueberry Festival (the last full weekend in July) and the Harvest Moon Festival-mid September.


This lake has some sites that can be reserved and some that are first-come, first-served. Many sites at Fall Lake are made to accommodate RVs including pull-through sites. Trees provide privacy between most campsites. The facility is very accessible.

A store, canoe rentals, firewood and ice are available at the facility, and a campground host is on-site during the season.

Natural Features

The campground is nestled among majestic pine and abundant aspen and fir trees, providing the ultimate northwoods setting. Average summer temperatures are a pleasant 60-75 degrees. Birds and wildlife are abundant.

Nearby Attractions

Guests may want to take a day trip to the Dorothy Molter Museum, International Wolf Center, North American Bear Center, Ely-Winton History Museum or Soudan Mine.

By far the most popular nearby attraction is the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Over one million acres in size, the Boundary Waters contain over 1,200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and over 2,000 designated campsites.

ADA Access: N

$22.00 - $105.00
National Forest
Drive In
Walk In
Boat In
ADA Accessible
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Sanitary Dump
Trash Available
Water Hookups

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Fall Lake is located in Minnesota
47.9525 N
-91.7164 W
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Fall Lake is located in Northeast MN, 100 miles North of Duluth MN. From Duluth, MN, take Highway 53 north for 50 miles to Virginia, MN. Take Highway 169 northeast for 50 miles to Ely, Minnesota, travel an addition 6.5 miles to County Road 182 (Fall Lake Road). Travel north on County Road 182 for 2 miles.
17 Reviews of Fall Lake
Yearly camping trip

My family and I have camped here atleast once a year for the last 6 years. The facilities are all very well taken care of and clean. Lots of privacy from other campsites and very quiet overall. I always recomend fall lake to others because of all the recreation nearby.

Fantastic campground, possibly the best we've ever stayed in

We've camped all over the midwest and this may be the best campground we've ever stayed in. Very clean bathrooms, nice beach for swimming, very friendly staff in the office, a small camp store, and huge campsites that are spread out. THe campsites on the lake are fantastic; we had a great site and loved listening to the loons and owls each night, with spectacular starry skies overhead. Fall lake allows motorized boats so there was some noise each morning as the early fishermen went out, but nights were quiet. There is a BWCA campsite directly across from the lakeside Fall Lake campsites, and one family was paddling back and forth all day - a neat way to introduce the BWCA to kids without going far.

Fall Lake good for big rigs

We stayed at the Fall Lake Campground en'route to a BWCA trip through Snowbank Lake. Was great for prep and come civilization before going deep in.

Great place to stay before canoeing in BWCA

My friends and I spent the night here before heading out early in the morning to start on Snowbank lake in the boundary waters. I would absolutely recommend staying here. Great bathrooms and clean campsites. Right next to the lake too!


The campground was used as a base camp to explore all the lakes around. Fantastic hiking and floating. The facility was clean and well maintained

So relaxing

My family and I had so much fun just kicking back and relaxing the lake was a great place to go fishing all day and we got a little boat out to float around and made for a very nice and relaxing vacation definitely recommend it for anybody that needs a little getaway

First to Review
Quick Trip into the BWCA

Fall Lake is a good way to get your feet wet (put intended) to the BWCA. The one drawback is that it's motorized up to the top of Jackfish Bay. It kind of takes the solitude out of the experience when you here a motor boat wiz by. If you have time I'd recommend going up to Basswood Lake where motors are prohibited.