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We love this place!

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:)

Beautiful scenery and views of Lake Superior!

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.

Great State Park Visit

Site #20e was perfect for our 5th wheel camper, and had easy access to both the high falls and two step falls. Quick drive to the main park building and lake superior. Dated shower house, but very clean!

Ely campsite

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

End of the road campground

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.

Hogback late primitive camping.

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.

On Lake Superior

Campground slopes down to lake level from hwy 61. Tent sights are private with some very close to the water. Most of the RV sites are more open. A variety of beach areas and a trail along the Cross River. An updated shower house would be nice.

Fun Place

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.

Awesome Site

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.

Great park!

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.

Quiet, scenic and underused.

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.

Spacious Campsite with Beautiful Views, but Very Sparse Fishing

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!

Great Northern MN Campground

Swimming beach has nice clean water. Trails are well kept. Beautiful trout lakes.

Good Campsite, Better Fishing

This campsite has a great landing spot for canoes. We had 4 canoes and there was plenty of room for all 4 right off the water on flat land. There was also flat spaces for our 3 tents. The trees around the campsite allow for hanging hammocks and clothes drying lines.

The latrine (pit toilet) is located on an upward hike through very brushy areas. The fire pit is located on a large rock, but there are logs positioned around as seating.

There are 2 points off of this campsite, which made great sunbathing and fishing spots. In the evening hours, we caught many smallmouth bass and walleye, which was fun and delicious!

During our stay, we even saw an adult male moose swimming across the lake!

Overall, this campsite is a quiet getaway, we rarely saw any other canoes, and we enjoyed our stay!

Pitstop Before Portage

This campground was where we stayed the night before we went out on our portaging canoe trip. I was impressed with how well kept and clean the campground was. The biffy was clean and there were multiple clean water pumps located around the campground.

We stayed at campsite 36, not our ideal choice, there were multiple campsites on the water that looked great. We arrived around 7pm, so campsites were slim pickings. Site 36 was spacious and allowed room for our 2 tents and 2 vehicles (one with a trailer). The site had a picnic table and fire pit and we were located close to the biffy.

There was a clearly labeled trail close to our site to walk to the lake. The lake was beautiful! The trail continued along the shoreline in the wooded area.

Additionally, with the Sawbill Canoe Outfitters located on the campground, there is a small convenience store supplied with food, clothing, souvenirs, camping supplies, etc. There is also a bathroom and you can pay to take a shower in the shower house. The shower cost $4 or $4.50 if you needed to rent a towel. The showers are very clean, but the water temperature is difficult to control (either hot or cold).

Overall, we enjoyed our stay at Sawbill Lake Campground and it was convenient to have the canoe outfitters right there.

Nice campground by Baptism River

We had a nice stay here at this campground. We were on site #6 and stayed for one night only and for that it was just perfect. It’s first come first serve and we were lucky to get a good spot on the side and not the middle. Each site comes with a fire ring and a table.
The location is great for close to trails. Baptism River is gorgeous and can be accessed directly from the campground. Right by the river there are more fire rings which can be used by anyone camping there. Drinking water is available and vault toilets. We would come here again for a 1-3 night stay.

New campground but a few missing pieces

We stayed at site 312E, pull through site which made it convenient with the boat. We tent camp and it had a nice flat grassy spot for the tent with ample room for the screened in shelter. (+’s)

  1. New campground - bathrooms were nice and everything was freshly paved
  2. Not that many sites which mean overall traffic was low
  3. Boat ramp was within park
  4. Soudan mine tours were awesome
  5. Within reasonable driving distance to Ely which has the wolf center, shopping, etc
  6. It has WiFi!!! This was huge for the kids - devices were ON

(-‘s)

  1. No view of the lake
  2. No beach
  3. Garbage was 3/4s of a mile away - made taking the trash out a pain
  4. No playground

We didn’t do any biking but should bring the bikes next time as the paths look good.

I see this campground more for RV and non-kid groups.

My favorite so far!

This is my favorite state park in MN thus far. Not as popular as ones like Gooseberry Falls but SO GORGEOUS! We stayed at a group campsite that was cart-in, and it was lovely. The site was surrounded by plenty of trees and set a little bit away from the other group sites. A++

Not very private but pretty

The mine and Lake Vermillion have separate entrances but are considered the same state park. Lake Vermillion is absolutely stunning and the park has very fancy group campsites. The sites are not very private but are a quick walk to the beautiful lake. And Soudan Mine is a must-see! Great way to spend a really hot day!

Lovely north woods campground

Lots of trees and lots that are just secluded enough. Perfect for anyone!

Beautiful campground

I’ve been coming to Fishermans point for years! It’s kid friendly, lost of lake sites, playgrounds, and atv friendly!! Onsite dump station and fresh water fill up!

Great for a hiking challenge and crisp clean air

The drive in sites are unique and more private than your typical state park site. Some have stairs from where you park to the picnic table and fire ring. The hiking trails are gorgeous, unique, and challenging, with lots of roots and rocks to manage. The pebble beach is a gem, with lots of other treasures to find, like crab claws. 

We’ve visited a number of state parks in MN and Tettegouche is definitely one of my favorites.

Beautiful

Gorgeous campground on the shores of Lake Superior. Great views and great hiking trails.

Beautiful campground along Lake Superior

This is one of the most beautiful campgrounds in northern Minnesota along the glorious shores of Lake Superior.  The campsites are surrounded by plenty of wilderness to allow some privacy.  There is a wonderful newly built visitors center with wonderful interpretive displays.  You can hike some really great trails to beautiful waterfalls.  This is Minnesota in all it's glory

Our favorite

Yes it is tucked in right off of HWY 61 and can be a distraction if you let it. We hiked, fished and just sat and looked at the Lake.
The 300’ wild waterfall is my favorite area to hike to. Study the force of the water over the centuries of work. Driving the forest roads you can come upon little surprises like Heartbreak hill.

Peaceful and great views of the lake and Canada!

Best camping trip I ever had. Nice little shop inside to get groceries and souvenirs. Friendly owners! Kid friendly with games inside and ice cream.

Fan favorite for sure

We love this place so much we come back year after year! The staff is so nice! The location is amazing. Sites are kind of small but there are trees between each for a private feel. Right on Lake Superior, the views are nothing short of amazing and there’s plenty to do. From shopping in Grand Marais to hiking the Superior Trail, we’ll keep coming back!

Peaceful and beautiful!

We camped in the cart-in area and it was a blast! It was our first time doing the cart-in and was slightly hard, but you have to commit to this if you reserve. The trek into the campground was manageable and the area was very scenic. Going back to camp at the drive-in campground next!

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Ranger Review of Eclipse Sun Sleeves at Camp 1 BWCA in Minnesota

There really are no names for the campsites in the Boundary Waters, so I just named this Camp 1 because it's the first camp you come to on the right, just past the portage, but this does not mean it's something you just "settle for" because you are tired.  It's because it's truly one of the nicest on this lake.  We've taken a peek at most all of them on Lake Kekekabic (sometimes it's just fun when you are tired of taking naps and reading) and this has a great view, a little cliff for fishing (I use the word "cliff" loosely) and a great tent pad.  The latrine isn't far, either, making it ideal for nightly visits!  And while we were fishing (and didn't catch a darn thing!), I tried out my Eclipse Sun Sleeves in the canoe!

CAMPGROUND REVIEW:

In the BWCA (Boundary Waters Canoe Area), you don't lay claim to a campsite until you are in front of it. No reservations needed, just a permit that you obtain, in advance, from the forest service.  You have to plan as far in advance as you can, too, because they only allow so many permits/day. 

May 1 - Sept 30 is quota season.  That means you have to apply for, and get, a permit with the office. You pick them up upon arrival to the area, and you pick which office you want to claim in from depending on your entry point. 

October 1 - April 30 is non quota, so you still need a permit, but they are self issued at kiosks. 

At ANY TIME, you are only allowed 9 people and 4 canoes on your permit, and no where in the BWCA are you allowed to exceed this.  Not in the waterways, not at the campsites, etc.  They are trying to keep the wilderness peaceful and this rule helps to eliminate large numbers of people in small spaces.  It keeps the noise pollution down too. So keep this in mind when you reserve. 

You have to portage from lake to lake, and most lakes have campsites.  They are first come first serve, and that's another reason that permits are limited.  Because there are only so many campsites, and no dispersed camping.  This keeps the wilderness as pristine as possible!

Once we portaged into Lake Kekekabic, we knew where we were going.  The first campsite on the right shore is about 1/2 mile from the portage.  We'd been here before and love this site!  All sites have some sort of area to pull the canoe in, and so we did.  Up the little hill, and you have a great flat area for a tent, some rocks that are great for putting up your camp stove, a fire pit that looks out over the lake (although, this time, the wind didn't cooperate and was constantly blowing the smoke back in our faces), a few logs to use as make-shift benches (picnic tables aren't terribly feasible out here) and a latrine just far enough away that you you can't smell it from camp.  Bonus!  

There were a few trails that led around the campsite to some very peaceful overlooks and water spots.  If you are a nature lover and enjoy a good swing in a hammock, you are in luck!  The BWCA is full of this kind of luxury, and this campsite was no exception. 

PRODUCT REVIEW:

As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I have the insanely awesome opportunity to review amazing gear in exchange for honest reviews.  This time, I had the chance to test out Eclipse Sun Sleeves! 

We went to the BWCA to fish.  And fishing means bare skin, so I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to test out this UPF gear from Eclipse.  I love the fact that when I have them on with a short sleeved shirt, it looks like I'm wearing a long sleeved shirt underneath.  It looks "normal" and not strange.  They don't look like tattoo sleeves, is what I'm saying. They have the option for using the thumb hole, or tucking it under to look like a normal shirt. 

The fabric is really unique too…so soft! Here is a quote directly from their website:

The activated particles in Cocona™/37.5™ fabric increase the surface area by up to 800%.  The greater surface area results in outstanding evaporative cooling and UV protection. The protection never washes out.

They claim the sleeves provide UPF 50+, and for the weight (which is almost nothing and they fold up to something the size of almost nothing), it's a no brainer to toss them in your pack or bag. Super easy to slide on and off your arms and they are moisture wicking, so they dry really fast if they get wet! Way easier than carrying sunscreen tubes that leak and besides, it's messy and most have icky chemicals in them. The sleeves provide a zippy and "clean" way to go about sun protection. 

They come in a myriad of colors that suit any style. From light colors to bright to dark shades. Completely machine washable too, and the UPF doesn't wash out. Also in three sizes, and while they aren't very specific as to how to "size" yourself when choosing, I used common sense (use your t-shirt size to help you decide).  If they are too big, they will slide off your bicep. I love the "ruffled" edges that don't cut into your skin!

I have to admit, there wasn't much sun on my trip, and I'm not sure that I would have wanted to "try" and get a sun burn, but these sleeves do completely cover the arm and the weave of the fabric speaks volumes about how it filters out the sun.  I can't wait to try them out on a sunny day!

Great Campsite right near The Baptism River

This campsite is first come, first serve which is great for people who are last minute like me 😊 I go up the North Shore quite often and this was my first time going to this campsite. It was very clean, very wooded and the campsites were nice and big. I’d most definitely visit again!