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We were planning to stay at Tettegouche State Park, but completely booked. After a bit of poking around the area we came across Finland State Campground. What a find!! Almost all of the sites are secluded. All are back in the woods, yet easily accessed. Our 32' 5er an easy fit. There are no hookups, water is a pump style so fill your big tank before arriving. This is good camping.
We stayed in site #7 the first weekend of October - perfect timing for the leaves! The site is private and isn't visible from the main paths and parking lots and you can't see into any other campsites. Occasionally the sound from the parking lot (especially people slamming the lid on the dumpster) would travel into the campsite, but overall it was very quiet. The site is up on a small bluff overlooking the parking lot, but you'd really need to get close to the edge to see the cars. The view was great (first 3 pictures below), and the stars were beautiful at night! The path to the site is definitely uphill and has some rocks, and the carts are heavy, so keep that in mind when you're packing. We also looked at site #8 when it was empty (fourth picture below) and it has a panoramic view and was a really nice site, too. The sites closest to the showers (#5, #11) were pretty exposed to the path. You can hear some of the road traffic on hwy 61, but it'd be hard to avoid in most sites and got much quieter at night. We could still hear the lake at night, which was great! I feel really lucky to have grabbed this site and can't wait to camp here again!
Walk-in site 6 is close to parking (and to the RVs/pop ups/ etc though there are plenty of woods (even in autumn) to feel private . sites 7&8 are further back in the woods, and I would def reserve one on the future.
When I got there were warnings on the walk-in site parking signs, as well as on the campsite picnic tables, warning the black bears had been seen in the campsites. So use the lockers or put all food, cooking utensils, and hygiene products in your car.
There is about toilet at the end of the trail, and is clean-ish.
Trailheads are only minutes walk away.
I don’t know if this is specifically Covid related, but the campsite was supposed to be full, but over half the sites were empty. There is no one working at the welcome center during Covid, so you must reserve on the DNR website. Also, bring cash for firewood.
I do know that because of covid a lot more people are visiting the parks. The main trails along the river were packed! I’m talking multiple larger groups (some as big as 10 people); the trailhead parking lot by Baptism River campsite was full by 8 am, and by noon people were parked a 1/4 mile down the road. When I left at 2 pm, every parking lot was full and people were parked along side Hwy 61. I also noticed more garbage/litter along the river than ever. So—my suggestion is to camp here and stay away from the river.
Always our favorite. October 7-9. Trails are groomed and you can take the Gitchi-Gimi to get there also. It has a pit toilet with a privacy barrier, bear box, Fire pit with grate, tent pad, and half picnic table. It is beach front as well. The water is so fresh and clean. High 60s during the day and low 40s to mid 30s at night. The lake keeps this area warmer later than inland. You can hear highway traffic but the view is stunning. The site drops down from the trail but is visible. This site is pretty open to the elements, but you can see the site. We always bring a tarp for the rain and sun. The main office has wood for sale, but it’s too far to hike it in. Great for cart in sites. The main bathrooms are closed this time of year, but they have showers. There is a trail bathroom that is open year round at the beginning of the SplitRock campground parking. In the winter, you will want to use the Pebbles Beach Parking lot because they do not plow the campground parking if it snows.
The campsite itself is like most. Quiet. Clean and well maintained. What sets this apart from others I’ve been to is what is outside of the campground. The falls are amazing. The lake is amazing. Views that will blow your mind. We went in October with the leaves changing. The rocky shores along the lake are very cool.