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South Kawishiwi River Recreation Area

5 Reviews

About This Campground

National Forest

Kawishiwi Lake is a lovely campground in a birch stand on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. It provides an excellent campsite for people entering or exiting the BWCAW via the Kawishiwi Lake Entry Point. The BWCAW boundary is the shore of the lake, so motors are not allowed on…

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  • Drive-In
    Park next to your site
  • Boat-In
    Sites accessible by watercraft.

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  • WiFi
  • Verizon
  • AT&T
  • T-Mobile

Site Types

  • Tent Sites
  • RV Sites
  • Standard (Tent/RV)


For Campers

  • ADA Access
  • Trash
  • Picnic Table
  • Firewood Available
  • Phone Service
  • Reservable
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Toilets
  • Alcohol
  • Pets
  • Fires

For Vehicles

  • Pull-Through Sites
  • Big Rig Friendly


5 Reviews of South Kawishiwi River Recreation Area

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Scott M.The Dyrt PRO User
Reviewed Jul. 13, 2020


What a nice little surprise! We were traveling down from the Boundary Waters and needed a little respite and this fit the perfect relaxing place. The sites are super nice and private. We also liked the size of the sites as they gave us plenty of space to be away from the action. The sites are…

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Month of VisitJuly
Heather M.
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2020

Amazing campground

Site 15. Small set of steps brought you up to a magical place. The site was large enough for two tents. The fire pit has a grill rack attached to it. Private sites. Pit toilets, before you decide against this campground because of pit toilets, don’t let them scare you away! On a busy 4th of July…

Amy G.The Dyrt ADMIN User
Reviewed Jun. 25, 2018

Quiet, lovely and had a beautiful swimming lake

Quiet and full of trees, it's a great place to drop for the night. We didn't have a camper, but there was room for one. If you don't have a camper, you could actually fit several tents in the space where a camper would be parked. Ours, site #18, had a few steps that led to the picnic table and fire…

  • Swimming area of the lake.  You can see the canoes on the right.
  • There was a lodge, but not certain if it was rentable or not.
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Month of VisitJuly


South Kawishiwi River Recreation Area is located in Minnesota

Detail location of campground


From MN 61 in Tofte: Drive north on Co 2 (Sawbill Trail) about 18 miles. Turn left on Co 3, which may be labeled as Co 33. After 8 miles, at the county border (not labeled), Cook County 3 will become Lake County 7. Follow Co 7 an additional 2 miles. Turn right from Co 7 onto FR 354. Kawishiwi Lake Rustic Campground is at the end of FR 354.


47.81555627 N
91.73139928 W

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