One of my favorite parks to cart into. The site office is very big and accommodating. There is a small gift shop with coffee and small conveniences. The carts are usually busted. Be prepared for that. The trails are groomed. You will need to hike in wood and water. Unless you have site J or K, the other sites are not beach level. Site H is visible from the trail. People can see everything and you can see them. It is close to the bathroom. Site H has a concrete slab that the picnic table rests on. There are metal railings that are broken. Do not lean on them. There are a few wood steps that lead closer to the cliff edge. There is some flat surface. I placed my tarp and netting here. There is a beautiful view towards the south west. This is not the tent pad. There is enough tree coverage for rain and wind. You can still see the stars. The cart out and in is about 20 minutes. Very easy. You can not see between sites, which is nice. I would still stay here again.
I camped at the Baptism campground with my mom and our dogs. The state park is simply beautiful. And so is the campground. The sites are all very private. Some have electricity, some are without. There are even some walk in campsites. The bathhouse with showers and toilets is very clean. A lot of people had campers so I had the feeling it was not used so much. The walk in sites had little vault toilets in the parking lot. From the campground you have the choice of several hiking trails and access to 2 waterfalls. You can also park at the visitor center and enter hiking trails from there. They have a very nice gift shop. Firewood can also be purchased. There are a lot if cool things around the park as well like Split Rock Lighthouse or Gooseberry Falls. I would definitely camp here again. It was a great experience.
Our campsite was right on the water. The trail around the lake was beautiful for hiking. We also checked out the short trail across the road and it was really nice. They have water as well as kayak, canoe and boat rentals which we didn't use but I thought it was nice.
Great campground! Drove out far for Labor Day weekend hoping we could find a last minute campground. Luckily a few people cancelled their reservations so we found one out here. Had awesome sites, ATV/UTV trails, a bar, a playground, and rentable cabins. Sites are secluded and pretty private. Campground also has clean bathrooms. Toilets are by the sites but are vaults but then by the bar there are two bathrooms with showers and flushing toilets that are open 24/7. Very friendly and accommodating staff. Felt very welcome here even tho I’m from Green Bay haha
We were in site 402. It is a really nice campground. The bathroom/ shower building is really nice. We had a few big rocks on the border of our campsite that our kids played on. The campsites were a really nice size. The day use area is great. The picnic shelters were really nice. It is a short walk to the fishing pier.
Dyrt Ranger Review of Banner and Oak Products at the South Kawishiwi Campground
Campground Review: My husband and his motorcycle buddies love riding on backroads and scenic byways in our state and National Forests in northern Minnesota. The MN State Highway 1 winds through the tall pines of the Chippewa National Forest, to the Bear Island state forest, and the Superior National Forest all the way east to Lake Superior. A nice weekend ride on this route includes a nice campout at the National Forest Service’s South Kawishiwi campground just off Highway 1 between Ely and Isabella. The campground is a typical rustic Forest Service campground, no hookups or plug-ins for RVs though many of the campsites would have room for a camper. All of the sites are great for tent camping, with large sheltered campsites in the pines, picnic tables and great fire rings with grill. There are water pumps for drinking water, and but the bathroom facilities are outhouses. One of the best features of this campground is the waterfront, with a nice beach and picnic area and a good boatlaunch for canoes and fishing boats. The campground is quiet and peaceful and well maintained. You can hike or boat in the area, and its an easy trip into Ely if you need supplies or want to visit the nature centers in town. Well recommended for families and small groups, accessible for motorcycles, cars, trailers and campers who want a quiet and simple camping experience.
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Sites are large and well spaced. Free wifi, several pit toilets along with a new shower/restroom building. No playground or beach. Our kids mainly played at the campsite or rode their bikes around the loop by the sites in the 400s.
In my opinion the sites in the 400s were the most shaded (though none were heavily shaded) and had more grass. Our friends stayed in #402 and their site was similar but with more boulders on the site perimeter. Neither site had good trees for hammocks.
Firewood was a good deal - all you could use for $6/day.
There is a boat launch near the campground as well as a day use area in the park (need to drive there). The day use area is beautiful and you can walk down to the lake, fish, or picnic.
Great campground with many trails and great access to Superior. Note that the office is only open at certain times, so if you’re banking on buying wood/fire starters/etc. plan ahead. The showers are located in the upper campground (none in the lower).
The boundary waters were everything I hoped and more. We spent 4 nights paddling and portaging and it was absolutely incredible. The backcountry sites are beautiful, just make sure you have a very detailed map of where you are going/staying because the area is pretty desolate. Pay upfront for permits and equipment at the outfitter closest to your access point.
Campsites are more private than many other campgrounds. There are two loops, very nice facilities with flush toilets and showers. Several of the lake side sites are non reservable sites. Great place to do Day trips from.
The sites are awesome. If you come with a group they do there best to put you with each other. The sites on the lake have spectacular views. You can here the waves most mornings. The sites are kept clean. The bathroom leaves a little to be desired, but they aren’t awful. If you are brave enough you and your kids can go jumping off the rocks… it’s safe I checked the depths before anyone jumped:)
On our way back from Grand Marais, Mn I stopped and toured the campground at Temperance River State Park. This park is located just outside Schroeder, Mn which is 1.5 hours north of Duluth, Mn. It’s just off of highway 61 with spectacular views of Lake Superior.
There is an amazing foot bridge with amazing views of the Temperance River Lagoon that is also an awesome fishing spot for Salmon, Trout and all other kinda of fish.
This park has a great campground woth amazing views of Lake Superior right from your campsite. Campsites can be occupied by a maximum of 6 people and cost $15-$23/night for standard campsites and an additional 8$ for electric sites.
There is an upper and lower campground with showers, bathrooms and water at the upper campground. The lower campground has pit toilets and water spicket‘s. The lower campground also has cart in sites if that is an interest of yours. There are carts provided.
We ate at the picnic area in the lower campground and were able to get our feet wet in Lake Superior that was a bit cold this time of year. We found some awesome rocks and fished at the base of the waterfall in the Lagoon. We didn’t catch anything but we definitely were not fishing with the correct lures. Other people were reeling in the fish.
Temperance is also close to the famous Betty’s Pies, Castle Danger Brewery and a TON of other amazing food places.
This park is definitely on my list of parks to stay at in the future.
Not a bad location. Offers showers and a restroom. Has a fire pit and grate. A little inconvenient having to travel to the other side of town to pay and check into the location. Not much to do here but spend the night and move on. Didn't see any staff on site when we stayed
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.
We stayed at the hike in primitive campsite. The hike was about 45 mins on varying level of terrains. At that site there was a fire pit. No running water and no outhouse. The lake was clear and nice. The next couple of nights we stayed at the actual campground. This had 3 rustic campsites nicely spaced. All including a fire ring and picnic table. There was an outhouse located near the boat launch. There also was a fishing pier. In addition there was a picnic area. Many lakes in the area off of the dirt road all including some campsites.
Stayed just one night here on our way through. Site was a little tight but still nice for our 30’ travel trailer. Bathrooms and showers were nice. Our kids had a blast biking the trails. Didn’t get a chance to do much else but hope to come back with more time to enjoy getting out on the lakes for fishing and the swimming beach. The campground was full but it was still private enough to feel secluded. Bugs weren’t bad at all for the beginning of July. Star gazing at night from our site was beautiful! Hope to be back soon.
Very well maintained campground, close to Ely. Fun beach and play area for the kids. The sites are clean and secluded with privacy all around. Kawishiwi Falls Trail is nearby and a short rewarding hike. My family loved this campground, we will definitely go back.
Amazing views by the water and while hiking up above it all. Great campsites, visitor center and restrooms up near the campsites. Definitely would go back. We stayed at baptism river campground. Tried once to stay at the cart in sites but had two little kids and a dog and the black flies were horrible.
This is a primitive campground off of the beaten path. Six campsites along the River give great access to some very nice brook trout water. Clean bathrooms and a portable water pump on site. Room for medium size RV’s, but no hook-ups.
This campsite is very spacious, enough room for all 3 of our tents and 3 hammocks (and there was even room for more!). There are sunny, open spaces for tents, as well as very wooded, shady spaces.
There was a small landing area for the canoes.
There is a large rocky point that the sun hits throughout the day and allows you to watch the sunset in the evening. We spent multiple days fishing off of this point, with little luck. We caught 1 northern from this point. We tried fishing from other spots in the lake and only came up with 2 more northerns… tad disappointing.
On the opposite side of the island you can canoe (we tried to walk and couldn't find a path) to a cliff (25-30feet) that is great for jumping! You can walk up a clear path to the top. You cannot see the bottom or touch when jumping in.
The campfire/cooking area is large with plenty of logs to sit on. Also, the latrine is located on a well-traveled path up into the woods.
Overall this campsite was wonderful and would have gotten 5 stars if it wasn't for the lack of fish!