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About Hayes Lake
Operator
State
Access
Drive In
Walk In
Hike In
Features
ADA Accessible
No Alcohol
Drinking Water
Electric Hookups
Fires Allowed
Firewood Available
No Market
Pets Allowed
Phone Service
Picnic Table
Reservable
Showers
Toilets
Trash Available
No WiFi
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Sanitary Dump
30 amp Hookups
No 50 amp Hookups
Max Length: 40 ft.
Location
Hayes Lake is located in Minnesota
Latitude
48.6391 N
Longitude
-95.5463 W
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7 Reviews of Hayes Lake
Great Northwoods Park

This park is a quiet oasis in northern MN. The campground was clean and pretty empty. Heard wolves!!!

Walk-in bliss

The walk-in sites here are so good I almost don't want to spill the secret. There's just two sites, far from the main campsite and everything else, and spaced decently far apart from each other. They're nestled in quiet pine groves on a ridge overlooking the lake. The lake is electric motors only, so it's peaceful all the time. The sites are spacious and flat, and there are excellent hammock possibilities.

A few things to know: it's a bit of a walk from the parking spaces, at least a quarter mile, but there was a single cart provided when we were there. There are no bear boxes, so you're on your own for protecting your food from critters. And while the sites are on the lake, there's not great water access. The lakeshore is down a slightly treacherous slope from the sites, and the reeds and sediment along shore would make it a nuisance to gather drinking water. You're probably better off filling up at the main campground and carting your water in. I doubt it would be great swimming from shore either, though I'm sure you could make it work if you were determined.

Camping in Mosquito Country

Campsites secluded bathrooms were closed when we visited so only vault toilets were open. Mosquitos in this whole are were thick definitely plan on bringing A LOT of bug spray if going in the summer.

You can easily get lost out here!

The drive in upper Minnesota is always amazing and to get here you have to climb to the northern parts of Minnesota but it is totally worth it.

The campground is pretty well maintained considering it is a state park and minnesota has thousands. The roads are not all paved but the ones that’s aren’t are in good condition.

Loop A is non electric and has some campers with solar panels and generators. Loop b has electric. The campsites are adequate but nothing amazing and the pine forest allows you to see your neighbors. The flies and mosquitos are pretty numerous so you have to be ware.

The campground has a decent boat dock and canoes can be rented. The picnic and beach are are huge and very perfect for a hot summers day.

The real secret of this campground are the walk-in sites and cabin B. Super secluded with views of the lake! When I come back I’ll be in the walk in sites for sure!

Camper Cabin

We stayed here in a camper cabin in late fall.  We were the only people in the park.  The ranger was wonderful when we called to reserve the cabin.  He made sure we had a few bundles of wood to cook dinner on in our cabin and he made sure that the cabin was open and ready for us.  We hiked in the park and saw how beautiful the scenery is.  Northern MN is amazing!

Clean and Quiet

Our campsite was very spacious and I was impressed with how tidy the entire park was! The trail was nice and shady with nice interpretive signage. Bathrooms were very clean! They have a beach and lots of rentals to take out on the lake. Quiet hours were well abided by.

First to Review
One of the Prettiest Cart-In Sites in the State

While the park is honestly just so-so when it comes to hiking, the cart-in site is one of the best I have ever been to.

A short and easy cart trip to just stunning lakeside sites. The site was totally private and not visible from our parking spot. It was buggy though, so be warned into late August the bugs were thick!