Located in the middle of Cass Lake, Star Island is one of the unique features of the Chippewa National Forest. Named for its star shape, "Star Island" is the largest of four islands in Cass Lake. Star Island has over eight miles of shoreline and encompasses 980 acres of both public land and private homes. Six miles of trails wind along the high banks and deep woods of the island, providing opportunities for hiking and nature study. Star Island Campground is located on the southwest shore of the island. Campers must provide their own water and pack out any refuse. Lake Windigo sits inside Star Island. Lake Windigo's special location earned it a notation with "Ripleys Believe It or Not". | Map
This was my favorite place to camp as a kid, each year we would have a large family reunion/camp out. There are several sites available along the south side of the island otherwise it is privately owned cabins all around the rest of the island. You do need a boat to get over to it. There are no showers/water/garbage cans or electricity and one vault toilet. So plan to pack in and pack out everything. There are a few trails on the island and one that leads to the lake within the island. There are a couple hike to camping spots inside next to the lake. There is also a swim beach for the inner lake on the north side of the island that is only a few feet walking distance. (From campground it’s a good mile walk through the island to get to it) This place does become busy on the weekends and is well known hangout spot for lake goers in the area but still a great quiet spot to camp 😊 There is a rest area you can park at to launch your boat or there is a nice marina that has a parking area and garbages for star islanders.