Standard (Tent/RV)
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Tent Sites
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
Pets Allowed
About Temperance River

The Temperance River Campground is a small campground easily reached from the Sawbill Trail (Cook County 2).  It provides pine-shaded campsites nestled in a bend of the Temperance River and offers access to trout fishing in the Temperance and mountain biking a large network of Forest Service roads.  The roads shown in the map at right vary in condition and levels of vehicle travel.  Bikers should obtain a current Superior National Forest map before setting out. Downloadable information and map.

Drive In
Walk In
No ADA Access
Alcohol Allowed
Drinking Water
Fires Allowed
No Firewood Available
No Market
Pets Allowed
No Phone Service
Picnic Table
Not Reservable
No Showers
Trash Available
No WiFi
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RVs and Trailers
No Sanitary Dump
No Sewer Hookups
No Water Hookups
30 amp Hookups
No 50 amp Hookups
No Pull-Through Sites
Max Length: 50 ft.
Temperance River is located in Superior National Forest in Minnesota
47.7177 N
-90.878 W
Get Directions
Temperance River Campground is located on Lake County 2 (Sawbill Trail), 12 miles north of Tofte. * From MN 61 at Tofte, turn north on County 2, (Sawbill Trail). * Follow Co 2 about 12 miles to the Temperance River Campground . * The campground entrance is on the left.
10 Reviews of Temperance River
Temperance River Camprground Not w/in the State Park- cute, isolated campground

Welcome to Superior National Forest. First come, first serve is not a joke on Labor Day weekend. I didn’t get to camp here, but I grabbed a couple of pics that provide info I didn’t find elsewhere about the campsite. I definitely will be back to stay here. Super secluded. Campsites aren’t on top of each other.

Nice campground

We didn't stay here yet we check out all the state parks in a state were near. There are some nice sites with electric we liked site # 26, and 28 the best then #22 and 38 is big & set up nice yet no water view. There is drinking water but there isn't a dump station. All the sites with electric are in the upper loop along with the showers. This park was very well maintained better than others we were in. 

The primitive sites were booked we were there in June, waterfront sites were booked too. 

Nice park yet we stayed at Tettegouche State park up the road.

Great Campground

Great campground with many trails and great access to Superior. Note that the office is only open at certain times, so if you’re banking on buying wood/fire starters/etc. plan ahead. The showers are located in the upper campground (none in the lower).

Quiet, scenic and underused.

This is a primitive campground off of the beaten path. Six campsites along the River give great access to some very nice brook trout water. Clean bathrooms and a portable water pump on site. Room for medium size RV’s, but no hook-ups.

Ranger Review: Renogy Water Filter at Temperance River Campground

Campground Review

Temperance River State Park is just off of scenic Highway 61 north of Duluth, Minnesota about 60 miles. You will be camping near the shores of Lake Superior with expansive views out over the lake from the top of several tall cliffs along the lake.

The campground has a clean bathroom with showers. There is running water available at several spots within the campground as well as at a spout outside the restroom. The sites themselves are large and tree-lined. There is plenty of space for one or two tents or a small RV or travel trailer. We camped in our 1989 16 foot Scamp trailer and had lots of room left in the campsite to cook dinner and set up chairs, as well as plenty of space for our dog to run around.

The campground is close by to many hikes within Temperance River State Park, as well as just down the road from the Superior Hiking Trail, Cascade River State Park, and several other state and national forest areas.

Product Review

As a Ranger for The Dyrt I get products to test from time to time. Today I am testing the Renogy Water Filter. The full video review is below, but I'll give you the rundown here.

  • Sturdy construction, should last many trips.
  • Decent flow rate, filled a 32-ounce bottle in about 90 seconds.
  • Contains input and output tubes, input tube float, and a prefilter.
  • Filter can be removed or replaced.
Day trip pics

Pictures from the trip of falls and cool rock stairs!!!

Easy walk

Stopped in here cause sides of road were packed so we figured we would stop and see what it was about. The waterfalls were so cool and the river u could just lay in!!! Few kids were swimmimg and a few even jumped in!!! The trails were super easy and even though crowed place still felt secluded at time!

Best natural playground on the North Shore

OK, we all love the North Shore and the AMAZING state parks that are along it. But Temperance River State Park has the best natural playground. We chose a site on the upper campground overlooking Lake superior. A stunning spot where we got to watch the colors of the sky change during sunset over the lake, listen to the water wash up on the shore rocks all night long and explore all along the shore as well as up onto the superior hiking trail. We had a large campsite with room for our tent, the fire pit, picnic table, an area to play as well as our parking spot. The site was great because we were close to the bathrooms and showers, but not too close, and the views of course were amazing as well as the proximity to the shoreline and the amazing trails.

Temperance is beautiful, serene, and clean

I've been to Temperence River State Park several times and every time is a cherished memory. Whether it's with my family, firneds, or partner, it's always fun and I find the rangers very helpful and kind. The neighbours are quiet, and the sound of the river in the background makes for a lovely campfire soundtrack.

First to Review
Beautiful river!

Gorgeous area around the river! Campsites need to be booked in advance, but easy to get to. Tucked away pretty nicely between two harbors and grand marais, quiet area but attracts lots of hikers due to the beautiful river views! Def recommend staying here!

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