Trails End Campground is located next to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in a remote area of Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota. It is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy life, or get out on the water to canoe and fish. Berry picking and wildlife viewing are also great fun.
Trails End sits along the Seagull River and provides access to Seagull, Gull and Saganaga Lakes. Numerous species of wildlife live in and around the campground, and blueberries grow abundantly on the forest floor.
White and red pine, aspen and birch trees grow in the forested parts of the facility, providing shade. The fire burned a mosaic pattern, reducing some areas to ash while leaving others untouched. Many trees survived and burned areas have begun to grow again.
This is a great opportunity to see a young forest rejuvenate after a fire. Post-fire soils and young trees are delicate, so caution should be taken while walking in the forest.
Trails End includes four entry points (54, 55, J and K) into the BWCAW, offering plenty of boating, canoeing and fishing opportunities. Overnight, day use and boat motor permits are required for entry, and horsepower limits are in effect. Day use and overnight permits are available at the campground.
Wildlife viewing is exceptional for bald eagles, osprey, loons and moose, and fishing is good for walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass and lake trout.
View recreation guides and maps of hiking trails and canoe routes in the national forest.
Many campsites are walk-to sites designated for tent camping only. Some have a view of or access to water, while other have steep drop-offs. Other campsites can accommodate equipment ranging in size from tents to 45-foot RVs. The campground is routinely patrolled by the County Sheriff and campground host.
Commercial services include canoe rentals, outfitting, showers, groceries and gear. Long and short term parking for the BWCAW is also available.
The nearby Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is a great way to spend an afternoon with the family. Many nature trails crisscross the centers 50-acre grounds.
The BWCAW is by far the most popular nearby attraction. Over 1 million acres in size, the Boundary Waters extend nearly 150 miles along the United States-Canada border and contain over 1,200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and over 2,000 designated campsites.
Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness
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There are many campsites at this location with some having a nice view of the water. There is a boat launch. Also hiking into the boundary waters area. The lake is clean. A nice little shop and cafe. We stayed at one of the few hike in sites which was about a 50 yard hike from the park spot. Some sites are right on top of each other for ease of car camping. Fresh blueberries to pick in late July.
There is multiple sites at the Trails End campground. There is a small cafe close with small store, firewood available as well. No cell service. Trash bins, bathrooms near by, lake access.
Trail's End Campground is another one our favorite campgrounds. At the end of the Gunflint Trail it is secluded and very peaceful. We've stayed here a number of times. This time we were in Site #14 for the third time. The site is up a slight incline. Up the path from the road there is a nice level area where we put the picnic table but others may use as the tent pad. Up a little more and you have another level area with the fire pit on one edge. The site looks out over the lake and usually gets the breeze quite nicely. There are two slight issues with this site however ….if there are people in site #15 you can see and hear them and it is at the very start of the second loop of the campground so you can hear the traffic coming and going to all the other sites on the loop. These things do tend to take away a bit of the secluded feel. We have gone to this campground with no reservation and always found a spot. And as we have explored the campground over the years we have never found a "bad" spot. However as more people learn about this treasure of a campground and it gains in popularity it is a must to make a reservation if you are hoping for one of the more popular sites during the busy times.
This campground has an outfitters on site for any of your Boundary Waters needs. We have never used them but we have gone to a number of outfitters just a few miles down the trail and they have all been wonderful. There are also a number of hiking options available relatively close by. I would highly recommend hiking to the Magnetic Rock!
Beautiful rustic campground at the very end of the Gunflint Trail surrounded by the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. Prestige lakes, tent camping only, hiking, fishing, kayaking and canoing. Moose, black bear, wolves, otters, and other countless critters. Photographers haven with all the rugged beauty. Chik Wauk museum nearby a wonderful place to visit.
We have stayed here one time before entering the BWCA, but it was a great, easy place to stay the night before starting our trip early the next day for entry into Seagull Lake. Nice lake views, the campground was nice (not sure about showers…we didn't even look for them). We used the tent pads (there was room for 2 tents, but we only had one). There were picnic tables and fire pits. Perfect way to start the trip!
This is one of our go to camp spots. It is a 45 minute drive up from Grand Marais, but worth every mile to get there.
Most sites have a unique layout, and almost all are private! Site #17 is my favorite, by far. It is large, picturesque, and has a path to the water.
Wilderness Way outfitters is at the entrance to the park, and they have a small cafe, shower house, and store. They also offer everything you need to get out in the BWCA and explore. I recommend finding all the hiking trails along the gunflint and making day trip hikes. Trails are of varying challenge, and you'll often find moose.
Great views, as long as you can find one of the flat spots, overlooking Gull Lake.