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Best Dispersed Sites Near Crooked Creek Lake, MN (12)

    Camper-submitted photo from Paul Bunyan Trail Canoe Campsite
    Camper-submitted photo from Paul Bunyan Trail Canoe Campsite
    Camper-submitted photo from Paul Bunyan Trail Canoe Campsite
    Camper-submitted photo from Paul Bunyan Trail Canoe Campsite
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    1.

    Paul Bunyan Trail Canoe Campsite

    3 Reviews
    17 Photos
    28 Saves
    Pequot Lakes, Minnesota

    Canoe in site that is also used by hikers/bikers on the Paul Bunyan Trail.

    The Paul Bunyan State Trail is 115 miles long, not including a couple of short on-road connections through the cities of Baxter and Bemidji. Extending all the the way from Crow Wing State Park to Lake Bemidji State Park, north of Bemidji, it is the longest of Minnesota's state trails and the longest continuously paved rail-trail in the country.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Dispersed
    • Picnic Table
    • Firewood Available
    Camper-submitted photo from Spider Lake Trail - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Spider Lake Trail - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Spider Lake Trail - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Spider Lake Trail - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Spider Lake Trail - Dispersed Camping
    Camper-submitted photo from Hill River State Forest
    Camper-submitted photo from Hill River State Forest

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    Hill River State Forest

    1 Review
    2 Photos
    7 Saves
    Hill City, Minnesota
    • Pets
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Dispersed
    Camper-submitted photo from Woodtick Trail Dispersed Camp 1
    Camper-submitted photo from Woodtick Trail Dispersed Camp 1
    Camper-submitted photo from Woodtick Trail Dispersed Camp 1
    Camper-submitted photo from Woodtick Trail Dispersed Camp 1
    Camper-submitted photo from Woodtick Trail Dispersed Camp 1
    Camper-submitted photo from Woodtick Trail Dispersed Camp 1
    Camper-submitted photo from Shingobee Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Shingobee Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Shingobee Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Shingobee Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Shingobee Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from Shingobee Recreation Area

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    Shingobee Recreation Area

    2 Reviews
    6 Photos
    44 Saves
    Walker, Minnesota

    Nestled along the rolling hills of the Shingobee River Valley, the Shingobee Recreation Area provides a variety of summer and winter activities. The area offers 6 miles of trails for hiking, hunting, birdwatching, primitive camping, and cross-country skiing in the heart of Minnesota's Northwoods. A sliding hill and a weekend warming chalet are also available for winter fun.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • Picnic Table
    • Firewood Available
    • Toilets
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        Moose River ATV - Dispersed Camping

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        6 Saves
        Longville, Minnesota

        Dispersed camping is allowed in Minnesota state forests. Dispersed camping is different from camping in a designated campground. It is a wilderness experience for campers who enjoy camping far from others and do not need any amenities.

        There are no amenities. No bathroom, pit toilet, water pump, fire grate, trashcan, or picnic table. State forest maps are a great guide; many are available as downloadable geopdfs. No fee. First-come, first-served. Where to disperse camp You must camp at least one mile outside of designated campsites or campgrounds on state forest land. Park vehicles in parking lots or safely on the full shoulder of a road. Do not block road or trail traffic with your vehicle. You cannot camp at parking lots or trailheads.

        Campsite selection Dispersed campers can camp in any suitable site that already exists or any opening in the woods - such as a natural clearing, meadow, or timber sale landing. You cannot create new campsites by cutting trees or vegetation.

        Pick a location that has level ground with good drainage. Place camping equipment to avoid damage to plants and do not camp within 100 feet of any water source.

        Dispersed camping rules All dispersed campers are responsible for obeying state forest rules and regulations in Minnesota Rules.

        State forests are open to dispersed camping unless otherwise posted. Do not dig or trench the ground around your tent. Bury human waste (if vault toilets are not available) and animal parts, such as fish guts, at least 150 feet from a water body and away from areas where it could cause a nuisance or hazard to public health. Collect only dead wood lying on the ground for campfires within the state forest. Do not block trails, roads, or gates with your vehicle. Building permanent structures of any kind is prohibited. You must remove all garbage. Summer dispersed camping is limited to 14 days. Dispersed camping is limited to 21 days between the second Sunday in September and first Saturday in May.

        • Fires
        • Dispersed
        Camper-submitted photo from Waboose Lake - Paul Bunyan SF
        Camper-submitted photo from Waboose Lake - Paul Bunyan SF
        Camper-submitted photo from Waboose Lake - Paul Bunyan SF
        Camper-submitted photo from Waboose Lake - Paul Bunyan SF
        Camper-submitted photo from Waboose Lake - Paul Bunyan SF
        Camper-submitted photo from Waboose Lake - Paul Bunyan SF

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        Waboose Lake - Paul Bunyan SF

        2 Reviews
        10 Photos
        42 Saves
        Akeley, Minnesota

        From the trailhead at the Waboose Public Boat access (located off of Inner Forest Rd north of CR-2 north of Nevis, MN) head in either direction on the white-blazed trail. The loop features some rolling hills with gentle climbs and many views out onto the scenic lake.

        The Waboose Lake Loop includes a portion of the North Country National Scenic Trail (NCT for short), which continues northwest toward CR-91 and east toward State Hwy 64. The NCT portion of the loop is both blue-blazed and white blazed. A spur trail from the loop leads to the primitive campsite on the end of the peninsula with water access, tent pads, fire ring, and a privy.

        On the southeast side of the lake, you'll find an old-growth pine stand. To see it in its full glory, venture out and back a short ways heading southeast on the two-track road. This road leads out to Akeley Cutoff Forest Rd.

        • Pets
        • Fires
        • Phone Service
        • Dispersed
        • Firewood Available
        • Toilets
        Camper-submitted photo from Paul Bunyan State Forest Dispersed
        Camper-submitted photo from Paul Bunyan State Forest Dispersed
        Camper-submitted photo from Little Gulch Lake canoe campsite
        Camper-submitted photo from Little Gulch Lake canoe campsite
        Camper-submitted photo from Little Gulch Lake canoe campsite
        Camper-submitted photo from Little Gulch Lake canoe campsite
        Camper-submitted photo from Little Gulch Lake canoe campsite
        Camper-submitted photo from Little Gulch Lake canoe campsite
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