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Great, Private sites

This is the best campground I’ve been too as far as privacy and site layout. Trees are between each site. Lake front campsites are actually lakefront! The bathrooms are super clean and the shower actually felt like a “personal” shower. However I would be concerned with shower availability if campground was full, 3 showers per loop (one in men’s, one in women’s, one in unisex/family bathroom). My only “complaint” if that’s what you want to call it was the heat in the bathrooms was already turned off and it was still 28 degrees at night. Made showering pretty chilly with the cold air in the bathroom. Actually ended up using the family bathroom since it was smaller and shower warmed the air some.

Lots of Camping and Hiking Variety

Tettegouche has lots of camping options -- walk in, cart in, RV, and drive in. We drove in.

The drive in sites didn't have a lot of space between them, but site 16 had a little more privacy than the others. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. Facilities are nearby and there is also a bath house which is closed for cleaning every afternoon.

There are plenty of gorgeous hikes and waterfalls to visit. We even caught someone getting engaged at the waterfalls -- that's how pretty it is. It's still cold in June - bring lots of layers and be prepared for a fire!

Oasis

Great campground! Owners are super great and helpful, beautiful campsite and nice paved path for biking!!! Great for the family

Up on the Ridge!

This is a state forest campground high on a ridge overlooking Lake Superior, just south of the Wolf Ridge ELC. It has alot of overflow campers from Tettegouche in the summer, but is also a destination for folks who want to fish on the Baptism River or visit Wolf Ridge. It is in a bit quieter and off the beaten path than nearby Eckbeck campground, but it is much larger so it gets busier and noisier in peak season. It also is a campground of choice for folks interested in using the nearby state forest ATV trails, and apparently there have been some security issues related to ATVers here so video cameras are in use here for security as it is an unstaffed campground with occasional visits from state forest rangers. The campsites are large and spacious and have good fire grills and picnic tables, but the facilities are outhouses so more geared toward primitive or self sufficient camping. In summer, the business of the campground is not appealing; in winter there are few campers so I would be concerned about security issues, plus being at higher elevation there is a lot more snow up here so winter campers should be prepared!

State Forest camping at Eckbeck

We checked out this campground when, despite the cold and snow, the campgrounds were pretty full for Edmund Fitzgerald weekend at nearby Split Rock. This is a nice small state forest campground right off Rt 1 between Tettegouche and Finland. It is perfect for folks who want a quieter more primitive camping experience as there are no hookups and the facilities are outhouses. However, it is a pretty spot next to the Baptism River, and it is easy to get out to many nearby parks and outdoor recreation attractions in the area. This campground serves as an overflow for Tettegouche campers in the summer, and is quieter in the off season, however you may find a lot of hunters staying here during hunting season, or local weekend partiers showing up on quieter fall weekends. One advantage is that there is a great large group campsite here at which we have camped with a scout troop in late August and it worked well. It would be a nice spot in September and early October too, but as it is unstaffed and not frequented in the winter I might hesitate to go winter camping here

Wonderful family atmosphere

This campground was clean and well kept. The owners were very friendly and worked hard to meet the camping needs of our family which included nine adults and seven children. The showers and bathrooms were clean. The playground had enough equipment to keep our children busy with plenty to do while we prepared meals.

Lambs resort sits on beautiful Lake Superior. We walked the lakeshore and walked up and swam in the river edging Lambs resort. My only hesitation about writing this review is Lambs resort might become to popular.

Great day visit

Another place to have some great hiking. The views we're fantastic and the trails well maintained.

Great MN state park

I wish we had a longer weekend to enjoy the park. Between all the great hiking trails waterfalls and lake Superior there is something for any outdoor enthusiast. Lots of ups and downs. One trail we counted 595 stairs one way.

Lovely waterside campground

Each site at the cart-in campground was secluded from view from the others. Mine was right along the water with a path down to a small beach and rock outcrop, nice for sitting and watching the water. The one downside was that the road is so close you can hear cars going by at night. Traffic is fairly light in the evening so it's not too bad, but it did detract some from the ambience. This campground did not connect directly to the rest of the trails - it was a 10 minute walk or so to get to the main trails.

No words-Incredible Hikes

Great campground. Huge, and new information building and great sites. Clean and secluded. But, the thing that got us was the hikes/waterfalls. You can’t make this stuff up! It was a remarkable campground/State Park!

Primitive-beautiful-secluded Campgrounds

Impeccable campground. Primitive, so no electricity. Clean, secluded, and beautiful! It was the perfect place to stay while we tripped the North Scenic Route.

On lake superior and close to trails ...

Have stayed here a couple times. Great sites. Some with amazing views of lake superior. Good spot for through hikers of SHT. Near trails and adventures. Staff are nice and helpful. Quiet and well maintained campground.

Family campground.

Lots of RVs and generators being used. Family campground. Loud music. Had a couple visit my site looking for the dog they lost. Shinning flashlights on my site. Heck of a way to wake up. Its clean and the bathrooms aren't bad. Right on Lake Superior which is a plus. Grounds are kept up nicely. Staff are really nice. But if you're looking to hear nature this is not the place.

Camp sites surrounded by pines. Very open some sites more secluded.

Nice campground. Not much privacy if you're looking for that. Some sites more secluded than others. Baptism river runs along the campground and has limited camping sites near it. First come first serve. There was a group playing music late and a few drunk campers who visited my site unannounced. I still give it 4 stars because of the beautiful nature all around and proximity to trails.

Relaxing and comfortable

There are showers and a bar. It was a great place to stay. There was a river behind us but because of the bushes you couldn't see it. Beautiful area, nice people and right along side a 4-wheeling trail.

Beautiful setting on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area

Exceptionally maintained campsites with well wooded sites. Raised cement fire pits, level tent pads, and large sites for campers and RVs. Many of the lake-side sites are nestled into the hillside with stairs going down to the water. The Fall Lake campground is very well managed and has clean shower/toilet buildings, and a store with firewood, canoe rentals, and other miscellaneous items. If there is one drawback, it is that this campground is a popular place for RVs and large campers. For those tent campers wishing to get away and have some solace, it can be busy and noisy at times - depending on who your closest neighbors are. Overall, I give it four stars because we had an RV near us with screaming children that dampened our experience. I would give it five stars due to the beautiful location, the access to the north woods/BWCA, and the care that is taken to keep it maintained.

Awesome

All around great place to camp. I have been going here since I was a child. Campsites are big,private. Bathroom always clean. Beautiful lake,good fishing. Wish I could stay all summer

Secluded in the Northwoods

Bear Head Lake State Park is just south of the Boundary Waters, and shares a comparable wilderness element.  The shoreline is beautiful and very fun to explore by kayak.

Campground features: Cabin rentals, tent sites, and RV sites.  The campground is open in fall & winter. The campsites are private, well shaded, and level. Each campsite has a picnic table and fire pit. Flush toilets, hot showers, dump station, group sites, and electric are also available.

Hiking at Bear Head Lake State Park

  • Bear Head Lake State Park Trail is a moderate 3.2 mile trail. This hike is a loop route. Dogs are allowed but only on leash.
  • Norberg Lake Trail is a easy 1.5 mile trail. It is a trail for all skill levels and dogs are allowed but only on leash. Mostly wooded.
  • Blueberry Lake Trail is a easy 4.5 mile trail. Longer than the other listed trails. It is an out and back hike that is mostly wooded. Dogs are allowed on leash.
  • Becky Lake Trail is a easy 2.7 mile hike. Beck Lake is a loop hike that is mostly wooded. Dogs are allowed on leash.

Fishing at Bear Head State Park

Bass, northerns, walleye, panfish, and trout can be caught at this State Park. Many people fish from the fishing dock or shoreline. Panfish are all over the lake and most likely the first ones biting. Good walleye fishing after 6pm.

Other activities:

Boat rentals, cross country ski trail (groomed), snowshoe trails, and snowmobile trails.

Sweet small convenient location for Lake Mudro entry point

This is a small campground with a few pull in and walk up sites. We had a walk up site that was on the side with the lake which was really nice. It's a short walk back and forth with your tent and other gear to the tent area and picnic/fire pit. Everything you need is really close. Pit toilets on both "sides" of the oval. Plus a very nice little shelter, picnic area and pier for fishing or if you want to go swim too. 15 minutes from Ely and 15 from Lake Mudro entry point for BWACW. Great location!

So close to the lake!

Temperance River has two really nice campgrounds, each with their own highlights. The Lower Campground sits on the lake and if you’re fast enough you can get lake view sites reserved. We were at camping with family that was RV camping so we chose two sites right next to each other. They were sites 57 and 58. The bathrooms were just vault toilets a little bit down the road so not super convenient as with the shower bathrooms at the Upper Campground but they worked fine for us. Our site did not have a view of the lake but was a fine size for our car and a large tent. A short 3 minute walk brought right to the lake and rocky beach where there were plenty of books and crannies to explore. The Temperance River also comes out in this beach so you can play around that as well. From our location at Temperance we easily explored and enjoyed hiking the Oberg Mtn Loop, trails like Honeymoon Bluff up the Gunflint and visiting other parks like Cascade River.

The runner up on Sonju Lake

Sonju Lake is just a short hike from the Sonju Lake Road parking lot on the Superior Hiking Trail. It's a great spot if you're getting a late start on your trip or looking for a short ending at the finale. There are two campsites on Sonju and one is the star. This is not the one. It's fine but it's lacking the highlight of this trail section, Lilly's Island. The site sits on the lake but has little view from the actual site. Water access is so so but the views of the lake are lovely.

Egge Lake is A.O.K

I was heading out with my oldest for her first backpacking trip so we did a quick 3 day 2 night trip out on the Superior Hiking Trail. I let her pick the section and she chose a nice short but scenic section from Sonju Lake Road out to the Baptism River and back. We chose Sonju Lake and Egge Lake as our two night, with Egge Lake being the first. We attempted the South camp but there were already visitors so we headed back to the North camp. It was spacious, flat and open with easy access to the lake for water and views. The lake was mostly hidden from view by the trees once in camp but you could still enjoy the sounds of Loons and frogs at night.

Lilly's Island is such a treat!

When my oldest and I headed out for her first backpacking trip we decided to do a quick 3 day trip with 2 overnights that were fairly close together. We chose to do an out and back from Sonju Lake Road parking lot to the Baptism River crossing and back. Even though Sonju Lake is a short walk from the lot we went to Egge Lake for our first night and then came back to Sonju for our second night. There are two sites on Sonju but you MUST try and stay at the south site. It has one of the best little spots on the trail called Lilly's Island. You can not camp on this sweet little oasis but you can definitely spend an afternoon lounging there. Our only regret was not bringing our hammocks. The campsite is just a short 2 min walk from the island and has sufficient space for a few tents. The water access from the site wasn't huge but it was good for getting water. This is definitely a highlight camp spot on the trail.

Last night and taking out at Lake One access

We found a pretty good campsite that was tucked away from main traffic. It was a nice campsite but it was a little buggier than the last campsite. Also, the trail to the toilet was very buggy, very rugged and overgrown and the toilet needed to be emptied or moved (it was really full). The view at the campsite was great though, a few really good trees for a bear bag and hammocks. It was also a great location for a quick 2 mile paddle the next morning to take out at the Lake One access, and nice because it was past the 2 portages that were into Lake Two.

Have camped here a few times!!! LOVE it!! Generous secluded sites!!

Great fishing, canoeing!! Secluded sites!!

Found a really good campsite!

The two short portages to get from the Lake One access weren't too bad and it took us about 3 hours to paddle to a really good campsite. We liked it so much we stayed there for 3 nights. It had a nice sandy area in the water near the campsite access for swimming and the access to the site was really nice. There were plenty of trees to hang a bear bag from hammocks from. I would definitely stay at this site or at least on Lake Three again.

Birch lake one great lake for fishing and camping.

Birch has a huge area you can camp out in and do a lot of canoeing and fishing and even hunting. The scenery is very beautiful and has lots of great wildlife to see

great stay

The sites are generously sized, well spaced, wooded and private. short walk to get to Lake Superior shoreline. Pet friendly. clean showers. tons of water spigots and vault toilets spread throughout the park. Will definitely stay here in the future.

No lake view at any of the sites.

Nice showers and restrooms. Spacious sites. Lots of hills. No lake view.

Quiet and Calm

All campsites are hike-in, with the closest being about a mile in. Pack light. This was my first solo backpacking camping trip (also first with a 6 month old GSP) and the pack in was fine but hiking out I definitely learned that I over packed.

I stayed at Campsite #8 which was beautiful, serene and right next to the Manitou river, so easy access for water filtering and for the dog to drink. There is a very nice fire pit with grill rack, although no bear pole and not very many tress that you can get your food up in easily. There are two perfect trees to hang a hammock right near the tent flat area.

We didn't see much for wildlife, except for a few birds, although there was some wolf poop in our site.

Overall a great place for a solo hiking trip. There weren't as many views of lake superior as I thought there might be. Although, I would like to go back and continue to follow the river all the way to the shore, or at least see if that's possible.