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This camp ground is not so much a campground as it is a city park which has a section where tenting is allowed. There are bathrooms available, and a lovely sheltered grassy spot to set up tents, and a place to grill and get water at the picnic shelter, but in terms of other camping amenities there really arent any, so in similar conditions I might give a 3-star rating. However, I am giving this camping spot a 4-star rating simply because it is located within a really sweet little town park that is beautifully kept, lovely grounds, nice playground and ballfields nearby, picnic shelter, pretty gardens and a very unique educational community orchard that features a whole variety of different grapes, berries, apples, and more. (see link here: http://www.arthurnd.us/orchard/
This would be a nice place for a scout troup or youth group to have an overnight, or for a family reunion to set up. There are no RV sites or anything like hookups or anything like that, just tenting. You need to call the city office on a weekday to make reservations.
It is also located by the trailhead of the North Cass Pass Bike Trail which goes north to Hunter, ND see link here: https://www.traillink.com/trail/northern-cass-pass/ so this might be a good place to camp if you want to do a weekend bike trip.
It was a 2.5 mile hike of all sorts of terrain. Scenery was perfect. Not much for available tent sites or hammock sites. It could fill up fast. Has a fire pit and water is super clear. Very quiet and was mosquito free till darkness set in. I would definitely camp here again.
Super easy to find, right off the North Country Trail!
This is a long campsite. I mean, it's off the trail and kind of long and skinny from the trail down to the water. Water seems to be fairly easy access off the site itself. There is a log bench situated right next to the fire ring. Most sites in this area seem to be set up that way. The view was great…how pretty to wake up to the lake! The tent pad seemed fairly level too.
Didn't appear to be a whole lot of room for extra tents, meaning, I don't think this would be a great spot for more than a few campers that were staying in the same tent (or didn't mind getting creative with tent set up), and I don't think the tent pad would accommodate a large tent (read: larger family), but it would be perfect for a solo hiker or a couple. A few trees, but nothing that seemed terribly easy for hammock camping.
It's not often you find a camp along the trail that's large, but this one is just that! About 50 yards off of the North Country Trail, it's well worth the hike to get into. It could easily accommodate a small group of people that had a few tents and hammocks.
Note: it was a bit hard to find (if you were coming from the west, traveling east), because it appears that the entrance to the campsite has been re-routed. I suspect to give the campsite a bit more privacy. But if you continue to follow the trail around the lake (lake would be on your right), it's just a few hundred yards past where it's located on the map. Conversely, it would be a few hundred yards before where it's supposed to be if you were approaching from the east.*
We were super glad to find this site after about 12 miles on the trail. And even happier to see lots of tent trees! We had hammocks, and there were wonderful, huge pines without lower branches that made it super easy to hang from. No underbrush made it lovely! There were a few tent pads on nice, level ground too, if you had a tent to pop up.
We had a fire ring, there was a bench, a few logs to dry my shoes on, scenery of the lake and a bathroom very nearby. Plenty of dry, downed wood for the fire too. It was just a short hike to the lake for water.
Quiet, serene, beautiful view, cleanly kept and plenty of trees (yes…even a few bear bag trees that were easy to find). Definitely worth a hike to crash at this lovely little gem.