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Places to Camp near Ely, MN

Whether you're an RVer or tent camper, Ely, MN is a great place to post up for the weekend—or longer. Ely is a great camping destination for everyone. There are tons of nearby hikes, adventurous activities, and sights to see. Get the dirt on all the best camping near Ely. Browse campgrounds by amenities, site types, and more.

Best Camping Sites Near Ely, MN (114)

    Camper-submitted photo from Superior National Forest Fall Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Superior National Forest Fall Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Superior National Forest Fall Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Superior National Forest Fall Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Superior National Forest Fall Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Superior National Forest Fall Lake Campground

    1.

    Superior National Forest Fall Lake Campground

    34 Reviews
    62 Photos
    103 Saves
    Winton, Minnesota

    Overview

    Fall Lake Campground is located on the shores of Fall Lake and provides direct access into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). The campground opens in early May in time for walleye fishing season, making it a popular place for anglers. Others are drawn to Fall Lake for its birding, swimming, hiking and boating opportunities. Superior National Forest, located in northeastern Minnesota's arrowhead region, is comprised of 3 million acres. The forest spans 150 miles along the United States-Canada border.

    Recreation

    Part of Fall Lake lies within the BWCAW, while the rest of the lake is open to unrestricted boating, permits are required to enter the BWCAW. View recreation guides and maps of hiking trails and canoe routes in the national forest. Kids love the campground's swimming beach, playground and picnic area. A 1.5 mile hiking trail is also a favorite pastime for families. Anglers can try their luck for smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, crappie, perch and bluegill. Some campers might be interested in the unique opportunity to view the visitor center's display of replica artifacts found during archaeological digs within the campground and surrounding areas. There's no shortage of popular local events to attend, including the City of Ely's July 4th fireworks, the Blueberry Festival (the last full weekend in July) and the Harvest Moon Festival-mid September.

    Facilities

    This lake has some sites that can be reserved and some that are first-come, first-served. Many sites at Fall Lake are made to accommodate RVs including pull-through sites. Trees provide privacy between most campsites. The facility is very accessible. A store, canoe rentals, firewood and ice are available at the facility, and a campground host is on-site during the season.

    Natural Features

    The campground is nestled among majestic pine and abundant aspen and fir trees, providing the ultimate northwoods setting. Average summer temperatures are a pleasant 60-75 degrees. Birds and wildlife are abundant.

    Nearby Attractions

    Guests may want to take a day trip to the Dorothy Molter Museum, International Wolf Center, North American Bear Center, Ely-Winton History Museum or Soudan Mine. By far the most popular nearby attraction is the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Over one million acres in size, the Boundary Waters contain over 1,200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and over 2,000 designated campsites.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $35 - $110 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Bear Head Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bear Head Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bear Head Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bear Head Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bear Head Lake State Park Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Bear Head Lake State Park Campground

    2.

    Bear Head Lake State Park Campground

    39 Reviews
    132 Photos
    148 Saves
    Tower, Minnesota
    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access

    $16 - $22 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Vermillion - Soudan Mine State Park Campsites — Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Vermillion - Soudan Mine State Park Campsites — Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Vermillion - Soudan Mine State Park Campsites — Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Vermillion - Soudan Mine State Park Campsites — Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Vermillion - Soudan Mine State Park Campsites — Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Vermillion - Soudan Mine State Park Campsites — Lake Vermilion-Soudan Underground Mine State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Fenske Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Fenske Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Fenske Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Fenske Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Fenske Lake Campground
    Camper-submitted photo from Fenske Lake Campground

    4.

    Fenske Lake Campground

    8 Reviews
    26 Photos
    34 Saves
    Ely, Minnesota

    Overview

    Fenske Lake Campground offers visitors an escape to a small, remote campground with large, majestic pine trees and easy access to water. It is a popular base camp for exploring, fishing, hiking, sightseeing and backcountry canoeing in Superior National Forest and the nearby Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The campground lies approximately 10 miles outside of Ely, Minnesota.

    Recreation

    Because of its proximity to access points into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and its status as a Superior National Forest canoe circle route, Fenske Lake is very popular for canoeing and kayaking. Families and children enjoy exploring the short, 1-mile nature trail in the campground, as well as swimming at the grassy beach or waiting for a catch on the accessible fishing pier. Anglers can make use of the boat ramp and try their luck for bass, northern pike, crappie and sunfish.View recreation guides and maps of hiking trails and canoe routes in the national forest.

    Facilities

    Because of its proximity to access points into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and its status as a Superior National Forest canoe circle route, Fenske Lake is very popular for canoeing and kayaking. Families and children enjoy exploring the short, 1-mile nature trail in the campground, as well as swimming at the grassy beach or waiting for a catch on the accessible fishing pier. Anglers can make use of the boat ramp and try their luck for bass, northern pike, crappie and sunfish.View recreation guides and maps of hiking trails and canoe routes in the national forest.

    Natural Features

    The facility overlooks 130-acre Fenske Lake, a small and scenic body of water surrounded by dense hardwood and pine forests in the northwoods of Minnesota. Birds and wildlife are abundant in the area. Superior National Forest, located in northeastern Minnesota's Arrowhead Region, is comprised of 3-million acres. The forest spans 150 miles along the United States-Canada border.

    Nearby Attractions

    Numerous outdoor recreation opportunities lie within Superior National Forest's 77 lake accesses, 13 fishing piers, 10 swimming beaches and 22 picnic areas. The forest is also home to three scenic byways. Campers can also explore the nearby Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Over 1-million acres in size, the Boundary Waters extends nearly 150 miles along the United States-Canada border and contains over 1,200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and over 2,000 designated campsites. Additional sites of interest

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group

    $55 - $60 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Baptism River Campground — Tettegouche State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Baptism River Campground — Tettegouche State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Baptism River Campground — Tettegouche State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Baptism River Campground — Tettegouche State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Baptism River Campground — Tettegouche State Park
    Camper-submitted photo from Baptism River Campground — Tettegouche State Park

    5.

    Baptism River Campground — Tettegouche State Park

    52 Reviews
    254 Photos
    11 Saves
    Illgen City, Minnesota

    Located on the Baptism River, the campground is one and one-half miles from Lake Superior. These are secluded, well-screened sites. Eight sites are available in winter. Note: A campsite may be occupied by a group of six or fewer people using one camping shelter. Groups of six or fewer traveling in one vehicle may have one additional tent with prior approval from park staff.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Reservable
    • Standard (Tent/RV)
    • Picnic Table

    $25 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from South Kawishiwi River Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from South Kawishiwi River Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from South Kawishiwi River Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from South Kawishiwi River Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from South Kawishiwi River Recreation Area
    Camper-submitted photo from South Kawishiwi River Recreation Area

    6.

    South Kawishiwi River Recreation Area

    5 Reviews
    27 Photos
    24 Saves
    Ely, Minnesota

    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 the lake and if you plan on putting a canoe in the water at all, you will need a day use permit available at a kiosk at the access point. ACTIVITIES Camping: Please use facilities provided such as fire rings, tent pads, and latrines. Pack out all waste, do not burn paper or other garbage. Water from lakes must be treated, boiled, or filtered before use. Noise limits enforced, respect your fellow campers. Fishing Recreational Vehicles: Sites are pull-in and not specifically designed for RVs; however, all five of the sites at Kawishiwi Lake are longer than 21 feet and may accommodate an RV. Swimming: Unlike many northcountry lakes with shores of rocks and boulders, the shore of Kawishiwi at the campground is a gradual slope which provides swimming opportunities. There is no designated swimming area or lifeguards, and swimming is at your own risk.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • Reservable
    • ADA Access
    Camper-submitted photo from South Kawishiwi River
    Camper-submitted photo from South Kawishiwi River
    Camper-submitted photo from South Kawishiwi River
    Camper-submitted photo from South Kawishiwi River
    Camper-submitted photo from South Kawishiwi River
    Camper-submitted photo from South Kawishiwi River

    7.

    South Kawishiwi River

    5 Reviews
    33 Photos
    26 Saves
    Ely, Minnesota

    Overview

    South Kawishiwi River Campground is located in Superior National Forest near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, about 10 miles from Ely, Minnesota. It offers fishing, boating and other recreational activities in a relaxing outdoor setting. The campground has sites with and without electric hookups, as well as one group day use area great for family picnics, birthday parties and other gatherings of up to 35 people.

    Recreation

    Canoeing is a main attraction. The Kawishiwi River provides access to Birch Lake to the south and the Boundary Waters to the north. When traveling in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wildnerness, a permit is required. Canoe rentals are available by contacting the host.Closer to shore, visitors can enjoy an afternoon of swimming at the campground's grassy beach, hiking the 1-mile Kawishiwi River Forest Trail or trying their luck at fishing for northern pike, perch and walleye. A boat ramp is located on-site.View recreation guides and maps of hiking trails and canoe routes in the national forest.

    Facilities

    Canoeing is a main attraction. The Kawishiwi River provides access to Birch Lake to the south and the Boundary Waters to the north. When traveling in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wildnerness, a permit is required. Canoe rentals are available by contacting the host.Closer to shore, visitors can enjoy an afternoon of swimming at the campground's grassy beach, hiking the 1-mile Kawishiwi River Forest Trail or trying their luck at fishing for northern pike, perch and walleye. A boat ramp is located on-site.View recreation guides and maps of hiking trails and canoe routes in the national forest.

    Natural Features

    The scenic Kawishiwi River boasts clear, cold and calm waters lined with boreal forest and wetland ecosystems. Wildlife abounds in Superior National Forest, from moose and bear to bald eagles and loons. The campground lies in a mixed aspen, birch and conifer forest. Superior National Forest, located in northeastern Minnesota's Arrowhead Region, is comprised of 3-million acres. The forest spans 150 miles along the United States-Canada border.

    Nearby Attractions

    Numerous outdoor recreation opportunities lie within Superior National Forest's 77 lake accesses, 13 fishing piers, 10 swimming beaches and 22 picnic areas. The forest is also home to three scenic byways. Campers can also explore the nearby Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Over 1-million acres in size, the Boundary Waters extends nearly 150 miles along the United States-Canada border and contains over 1,200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and over 2,000 designated campsites. Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness Additional sites of interest

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Electric Hookups
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents

    $150 - $162 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Birch Lake Campground & Backcountry Sites
    Camper-submitted photo from Birch Lake Campground & Backcountry Sites
    Camper-submitted photo from Birch Lake Campground & Backcountry Sites
    Camper-submitted photo from Birch Lake Campground & Backcountry Sites
    Camper-submitted photo from Birch Lake Campground & Backcountry Sites
    Camper-submitted photo from Birch Lake Campground & Backcountry Sites

    8.

    Birch Lake Campground & Backcountry Sites

    5 Reviews
    24 Photos
    17 Saves
    Ely, Minnesota

    Overview

    Birch Lake Campground is located in Superior National Forest near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, about 13 miles from Ely, Minnesota. It is an ideal place to relax while enjoying fishing, boating and other recreational activities.

    Recreation

    Fishing, boating and canoeing are popular on Birch Lake. Anglers can use the boat ramp or try their luck from shore to catch northern pike, perch, crappie and walleye. There are no horsepower limitations for boats on the lake. The shoreline is inviting for campers interested in canoeing. Families also enjoy berry picking during the summer and early fall months. View recreation guides and maps of hiking trails and canoe routes in the national forest.

    Facilities

    Fishing, boating and canoeing are popular on Birch Lake. Anglers can use the boat ramp or try their luck from shore to catch northern pike, perch, crappie and walleye. There are no horsepower limitations for boats on the lake. The shoreline is inviting for campers interested in canoeing. Families also enjoy berry picking during the summer and early fall months. View recreation guides and maps of hiking trails and canoe routes in the national forest.

    Natural Features

    Birch Lake covers 7,628 acres and is one of a series of lakes in the area. The campground lies in aspen and birch forest. Birds and wildlife are abundant. Superior National Forest, located in northeastern Minnesota's Arrowhead Region, is comprised of 3-million acres. The forest spans 150 miles along the United States-Canada border.

    Nearby Attractions

    Numerous outdoor recreation opportunities lie within Superior National Forest's 77 lake accesses, 13 fishing piers, 10 swimming beaches and 22 picnic areas. The forest is also home to three scenic byways. Campers can also explore the nearby Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Over 1-million acres in size, the Boundary Waters extends nearly 150 miles along the United States-Canada border and contains over 1,200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and over 2,000 designated campsites.

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Group
    • Trash

    $55 - $89 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jeanette Campground & Backcountry Sites
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jeanette Campground & Backcountry Sites
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jeanette Campground & Backcountry Sites
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jeanette Campground & Backcountry Sites
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jeanette Campground & Backcountry Sites
    Camper-submitted photo from Lake Jeanette Campground & Backcountry Sites

    9.

    Lake Jeanette Campground & Backcountry Sites

    6 Reviews
    23 Photos
    7 Saves
    Crane Lake, Minnesota

    Overview

    Jeanette Lake Campground is a small, single-loop campground on a peninsula reaching out onto the glacier-carved Lake Jeanette in Superior National Forest. Originally built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, this sweet, picturesque campground is well worth the drive. The facility provides sites that are usually accessible to RVs and tent trailers along with tent-only and hike-in sites. Superior National Forest, located in northeastern Minnesota's arrowhead region, is comprised of three million acres. The forest spans 150 miles along the United States-Canada border. Visitors can find recreation opportunities year-round, including travel in the famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

    Recreation

    The winding shoreline and islands make the 638-acre Lake Jeanette a great place to explore in a canoe or kayak. Fishing opportunities include walleye, northern pike and perch. The campground provides access to the Astrid Lake Hiking Trail for those who want to stretch their legs. The surrounding national forest offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities, including hiking in secluded woodlands and canoeing in pristine lakes and rivers. View recreation guides and maps of hiking trails and canoe routes in the national forest.

    Facilities

    The winding shoreline and islands make the 638-acre Lake Jeanette a great place to explore in a canoe or kayak. Fishing opportunities include walleye, northern pike and perch. The campground provides access to the Astrid Lake Hiking Trail for those who want to stretch their legs. The surrounding national forest offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities, including hiking in secluded woodlands and canoeing in pristine lakes and rivers. View recreation guides and maps of hiking trails and canoe routes in the national forest.

    Natural Features

    Lake Jeanette is not the largest or most isolated lake in the national forest, but it feels like it is both. Created long ago by a massive glacier, this lake is considered by many to be a special location. The campground is wooded with a pleasant mix of hardwoods, pine and spruce providing shade for most sites. The understory of fern, wildflowers and grass is kept under control by mowing, giving the campground a manicured appearance. Glacial "erratics" (massive boulders) left behind by the receding glacier give the campground character and a place for moss to grow.

    Nearby Attractions

    Possible day trips from the campground include Voyageurs National Park, Crane Lake and Vermillion Falls. Numerous outdoor recreation opportunities lie within Superior National Forest's 77 lake accesses, 13 fishing piers, 10 swimming beaches and 22 picnic areas. The forest is also home to three scenic byways and the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Additional sites of interest

    • Pets
    • Fires
    • Phone Service
    • RVs
    • Tents
    • Standard (Tent/RV)

    $12 / night

    Camper-submitted photo from Canoe Country Campground and Cabins
    Camper-submitted photo from Canoe Country Campground and Cabins
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