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Family tradition

Every since I was a baby, my family has been camping on Ash River. The local business owners are extremely friendly and helpful. The wildlife here is amazing. Every night you can hear wolves off in the distance howling. More then one occasion I have woken up to deer walking through the campgrounds. There is a boat launch just down the road from from the campground and the shoreline across the road is perfect for parking your boat for the weekend. Definitely a must visit!

Great camping

No showers but that’s ok this site is just a shirt row away from Voyageurs national park islands. Boat docks available. Private sites and great views

Namakan Lake

This is a boat in site out of Ash River Visitor Center. North shore of the lake is Canada and the South shore of the lake is the US. Beautiful campsite with 4 huge tent pads, 4 bear lockers and a beautiful sandy beach. Plenty of room for 8-12 campers. Half of us were in hammocks which increased our livable space. Very secluded with ample views.

5 star camp site! On our own large island with about 2 other campsites.

Campsites only accessible by boat or canoe. Amazing place! Didn’t catch much fish but if you want to spend $50 kettle falls hotel can bring you over to rainy lake and back. Ridiculously peaceful! I loved it!

The staff is great and campites are very reasonably priced.

Lakefront, showers need updated, great for fishing

My grandkids loved it! Me too!

The owners were very nice and helpful, as well as the staff. Very clean. A beautiful spot! Fishing on Pelican lake is great. The fishing dock is accessible ( I rode my mobility scooter out there with no difficulty) and they have boats available so you can get out on the. lake. We spent a lot of time in the pool and hot tub and enjoyed the nightly campfire. We ordered a pizza and it was delivered to to out camper by a nice young man! Paddle boat and kayaks are free for guests as well as many other amenities and activities the children will enjoy. We brought our rv but they also have some beautiful cabins. I just wish we had more time to enjoy all the resort offers. Next time! We also enjoyed the Vince Shute Wildlife Sanctuary. Its only 15 miles away. A wonderful place to view the bears! Don’t miss it! We loved our stay at Aspen. It’s our new vacation destination!

Camp sweet camp

A dock, a fire ring, two bear proof lockers- what more could you want? We had a great week, despite some rough weather (or maybe that added to the experience). We'll be back.

Kabetogama

This is a fun lake. Try visiting some of the local resorts for ice, ice cream and maybe a beer. Maybe even a trip to the infamous Kettle Falls Hotel. Not a dull moment on this lake.

BWCA Trout Lake

Great fun! Boat in from Lake Vermillion and take the portage to Trout Lake. You can pay $35.00 for a round trip on the portage. Sites cannot be reserved but permits must, 1st come 1st serve. Many rules and restrictions of which are gone over at the DNR station when picking up the permitt.

Cutover Island Nice Campsite

We stayed here with four family and a total party of 16. It has four camp pads, two picnic tables and one fire ring. Nice sand beach but a lot of leaches. We had a nice nice and would stay again.

Ranger Review: Mountain House freeze dried meals at Meander Lake

Campground Review

This campground is a magical escape without crowds or any sign of the modern world. You will most likely have the whole place to yourself, with your choice of the three campsites. The boundary waters are one of the few places in the United States that you can go to be without any man-made sounds - no nearby cities, no planes flying above. Just the wildness.

The camping is free. Just park at the dirt road and walk in to the sites. There is one outhouse up by the parking area. Each site comes with a picnic table and fire pit. Make sure to bring your own water, and pack out your trash.

This campground is particularly great for swimming, kayaking, and canoeing in the summer months. The lake is so comfortably warm that in the morning the water is warmer than the air temperature. In July and August there are wild blueberries everywhere - fun to gather them and delicious to eat! For fishing info and a map, refer to this document.

Product Review

As a Ranger for The Dyrt, I get to test products to review for some of my camping trips. On this trip, we tested out two meals from Mountain House. (See my review of other meal options in my Horse Flats campground review). On this trip we had the Pasta Primavera and Italian Pepper Steak. These meals are the tastiest camp food - so delicious!

Pros

  • super great taste. DELICIOUS. The more recipes I try, the more I am convinced that this brand makes amazing tasting meals
  • quick to make. These meals are ready in 10 minutes or less, some are ready as soon as you add water. After a long day of climbing or hiking, or when you're waking up in the morning, it's so nice to have food ready so quickly
  • easy to make. Just add water (boiling, usually). This also means that all we need to pack is a Jetboil, which is so much more convenient than packing a stove, pots, cooking oil, ingredients, cutting boards, etc.
  • lightweight, and you can choose among packaging options for more compactness

Cons

  • there are no vegan options, and very few vegetarian options. The Pasta Primavera is one of the two vegetarian options.
  • I find the serving amounts to be unhelpful in their current format, because the calories per serving are so low. For example, with the Italian Pepper Steak, the pouch says "2.5 services", but there are only 180 calories per serving. If this were your sole meal item for dinner, I'd say that's more like 1 serving, especially if you're consuming these meals after a day of vigorous outdoor activity.

All in all, I'd say these meals are awesome for short trips or backcountry camping, when you want to pack minimally. And if you aren't trying to stick to a budget, then these meals are also great for longer trips / car camping if you just want delicious, easy, quick food without having to cook everything yourself

Welcome to God's Country

This is one of the most beautiful and peaceful campgrounds in Northern Minnesota. This is my go to campground when I need to be nestled into nature. The campsites are well kept and there is a general store for all your needs about 5 minutes away. The northern night sky is breath taking especially when the northern lights are dancing. Woodenfrog is a pet friendly campground. Highly recommend camping here. Rates are about $14 a night

Great RV site

Nice, clean and new site. It was quiet. Only 10 minutes to the water. Close to many attractions. Dogs allowed. Nice quality firewood.

Unique, quiet campground near Boundary Waters

This is my favorite campground in all of Minnesota. Located outside of Orr close to 20 miles, there are no people or towns to make noise or light. The stars are incredibly bright at night. Plenty of hiking trails and great for fishing walleye.

Campground Was Amazing

Campground was amazing, plenty of room, plenty shade, pet friendly, just too many of that other Minnesota state bird called the mosquito. $14 a day is great, first come first served. Only 4 stars due to the unbelievable amount of mosquitoes, was eaten alive!

Brown Lake - Backcountry No. 3

After taking a water taxi to the trailhead, we hiked about seven or eight miles to reach our campsite: B3 on Brown Lake. After passing the B2 site, we were a little bummed to discover our site didn’t have a picnic table - but there’s a large rock and a few logs that worked just fine for seating. We were delighted to find a pit toilet and a bear pole as well. Don’t count on having cell-reception out here, but in all reality – who needs that when you’ve got miles and miles of beautiful views in all directions? Five stars from us!

Note: it’s very important that you reserve a water taxi, as the trailhead is not accessible any other way. It’s about a 10-15 minute boat ride to the trailhead on Cruiser Lake.

Comfort just minutes away from adventures in Voyageurs National Park

Our Family stayed at Headquarters RV Park in Buyck (just outside of Orr, MN) for 4 days over the Memorial Day weekend, and we were so impressed!! This is a new, family owned and operated park situated on 30 acres of beautiful pines. The hosts Brad and Koreen are so welcoming, and have put their hearts into making this Park a refuge from the hustle and busle of our hetic work week.

The one thing we appreciated the most is how close they are to Crane Lake, Namakan Lake, Voyageurs National Park, and the Superior National Forest. We spent our time fishing and checking out visitor destinations like the I. W. Stevens Resort (a historical jem!!) After a long day of fun it was so nice to sit out in the screen tent listening to the ruffled grouse drum and the peace and quiet of nature. There are only 13 spacious sites in this park with plenty of room to fit your RV, boat or 4 wheelers and trailer, screen tent with plenty of room to spare, and beautiful pines between you and your neighbor for privacy.

When you arrive you will find your site ready with a picnic table and fire pit. The full service hook ups are easy to access, and make set up a breeze!! They offer 20, 30, and 50 amp service, and make note that they also offer a potable water station too. Firewood is available for purchase, but don’t be surprised if the Sokoloski’s invite you to their host site for a campfire:) The walking paths are beautiful too!! We brought our dog Max, and he loved it too!! We’ll be back for sure!!

Backcountry campsites at Meander Lake

This campsite location is perfect for a weekend backcountry camping experience along the Echo Trail north and west of Ely. It would also be a good place to spend the night before launching off onto a BWCA river trip on the Indian Sioux River or the Moose River, both of which have entry points nearby. The Forest Service refers to the three campsites here as "backcountry sites," meaning they are rustic and dont have the amenities of Forest Service group campgrounds like Jeanette Lake and Fenske Lake further along the Echo Trail, but also have the advantage of being a bit less primitive and a bit more accessible than canoe-in only sites within the BWCA. There is no permit required nor campground registration needed, so staying here is on a first come first served basis. be advised though, that the sites provide only a fire grill, picnic table, and tent site, and are a pretty good hike in from the parking area, from which you will have to carry all your gear. However, it is worth the effort as you will likely be the only one, or one of few campers, at the lake, which is pristine and beautiful. A disastrous forest fire swept the north and west sides of the lake in 1970, followed by major wind storms and tree loss in the late 1980's and early 1900's, however the forest has slowly and surely recovered and the shores are beautiful once again.

Awesome fishing and swimming

Small. Comfortable. Horse camp across hwy. trails.

Rustic, secluded, surrounded by water, great views, Great wild life . Rapid

It is serene, beautiful, gorgeous, scenery, eagles, bear, it. real is tbe best end of the tril camping

First time stay - won't be the last.

This was our first time staying at Echo Lake Campground. We pulled in on a Friday night and a number of sites were already full or reserved. We ended up picking site #10.  It was a good site.  A slight incline down from the road but a nice tent pad and a very roomy site.  The campground was very quiet even though there were a number of people staying there.   A number of the sites would be good for either tents or campers.  We would happily stay here again!

Perfect private island campsite in Rainy Lake

Before many of the boat tours and rentals are running for the summer season, having your own watercraft is clutch in Voyageurs. But if you do, the park is practically all yours.

We did not have reservations ahead of time, but we’d highly recommend it during the summer season, because we were told they usually fill up. We visited in early summer, before many park events and tours had begun, so we beat most of the crowds.

The site we had in the Rainy Lake area, site #R67, was amazing. It wasn’t too tough to get out there in our inflatable kayak from the mainland (maybe an hour or so?) and we were able to navigate the islands just fine.

Our site had incredible views of both the sunset and sunrise, and since we were on our own small island, it felt truly special.

The site came with a picnic table, a sandy area to dock our kayak, and an in-ground pit toilet. Don’t forget bug spray! And if it’s a nice night, we’d suggest keeping off your rain fly. :)

We only stayed here for one night before returning to the mainland to drive south to access Lake Kabetogama and kayak out to our next campsite in Locator Lake.

The whole park is beautiful, but we’d recommend not visiting in the off-season if you don’t have your own kayak or boat. The heart of the park is on the water!

You can read much more about our four days in the park on our blog: Switchback Kids (Voyageurs)

Nice sites!

The sites are very big and private. There is beach and dock access and the lake itself is beautiful. My hubby caught a bunch of fish and we had a nice, relaxing time. We stayed in site 4, which was fantastic because it was nice and shady all day.

Camp among huge pines

Camp among huge pines next to beautiful rapids, and be lulled into relaxation by the sounds of the Bigfork River. Clean bathrooms and showers, handicap accessible areas, and the community is working hard to make even more areas accessible. Friendly community, with a charming main street, with stores stocking almost anything you might have forgotten, gas station, grocery store, hardware store and gift shop, liquor store, motel, log furniture and home builder, fabrication, automotive and heavy equipment repair shops, and more. The campground is one of the most beautiful places in Minnesota and a great overnight stop on your way to Canada! Dedicated horse camp, and easy access to horse and ATV trails, make this a great place to purse many avenues of fun!!

I love voyageurs

Nothing is better then boating out to a campsite miles away! This was the third time being to voyageurs and nothing comes close to the camping here. If you can handle roughing it and have a boat this is the place to visit.

Scenic Voyagers

Just returned from a week camping in Voyagers National Park. Camping at its finest! 4 large lakes encompass the park.Boating is allowed . The sites have picnic tables, fire rings, pit toilets and bear boxes to store your goods. Our site had a dock. Lots of granite rock outcropping make for beautiful scenery.You are truly in the wilderness. Bring a VHF marine radio in case of problems.

Beautiful

Not the same as the BWCA but not bad at All! Gorgeous lakes and campsites, great for a weekend getaway.

Neither Mosquitoes nor Gnats nor Noseeums kept us away from our Crane Lake Adventure!!

Crane Lake is so unique!! It is the Southern Entry to Voyageurs National Park, the Western entry to Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and The Superior Forest borders the East side of Crane Lake.

***NOTE Don't forget to bring along a detailed map as there are hundreds of islands and turns on this beautiful lake.

We camped on the United States side of Crane Lake. Once again you need to be aware of the United States/Canadian borders while in the water. Our headquarters were set up at Handberg's Marina http://www.handbergs.com/

There are 3 back Country campsites located just offset to the Vermilion Gorge Trailhead. These campsites have no fees and are on a first come, first served basis.

The Vermilion Gorge Trailhead hike is a 1 & 1/2 mile trail that featues sheer granite cliffs and waterfalls-it was breathtaking due to the high water levels this year-another note: be very cautious if you bring small children.

Beautiful Johnson Bay

Located about 9 miles from the Ash River Visitor Center put in in Kabetogama Lake, this beautiful little “front country” boat in site is another gem. Note: Get a detailed chart before attempting to navigate the lake, as the twists and turns and hundreds of islands can be quite confusing without one.

Beautiful view of the sunrise and surrounding islands, with an amazing “front porch” rock which holds the campfire ring, two camping pads tucked into the trees, firepit, picnic table, 2 bear boxes, and your own private toilet (bring your own TP!). Kayak/canoe landing area is protected from the main channel/wind, can accommodate multiple boats with ease, and is just a short “schlep” up the stairs to the campsite. We stayed here 1 night in early May and saw just a couple of boats the entire time. We fell asleep to loons and owls calling in the night.

Lost Lake...Found!

Located about 1 mile from the Ash River Visitor Center put in, this beautiful little “front country” site is very private. Note: Get a detailed chart before attempting to navigate the lake, as the twists and turns and hundreds of islands can be quite confusing without a chart.

This campsite is located within a small lake of Kabetogama Lake, which feels like your own private domain, as most power boaters are trying to get out to fishing holes far away from the boat launch. If you don’t have a lot of time to paddle far from the visitor’s center, this could be a great location. This is a very forested site with a lot of protection from the wind, but the views are not as expansive as many of the other islands within the park. The site offers two camping pads (one tucked into the trees and the other right on the waterfront), picnic table, firepit, 2 bear boxes, and your own private toilet (bring your own TP!). The kayak/canoe landing area is a little tight, so multiple boats could be a challenge, though it is an easy “schlep” up the stairs to the campsite.