Wanaki Loop is part of the Norway Beach Recreation Area, at the southern shores of beautiful Cass Lake in north central Minnesota. The campground is a perfect location for family camping, with excellent boating and fishing opportunities.
Cass Lake offers many recreational activities, including boating, canoeing, water skiing and swimming. Anglers fish for walleye, northern pike, perch and trophy muskie. A boat ramp is located within the campground.
Star Island, in the middle of Cass Lake, is a unique feature of the Chippewa National Forest. Six miles of trails wind around the island, which is home to 199-acre Lake Windigo.
Hiking and biking trails are available in the area, including the Migizi Bike Trail and the Norway Beach Trail.
The Norway Beach Visitor Center is nearby. This building, with its magnificent fireplace, is a monument to the talents and craftsmanship of Civilian Conservation Corps enrollees. Programs and displays depict Dakota and Ojibwe heritage and the area's flora and fauna.
A variety of special events are held at the center throughout the year. A kid's fishing day is held in June, Bald Eagle Day is sometime in July, and Smokey Bear's birthday party is held in August. Interpretive programs are offered every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
The campground offers single-family sites. Flush and vault toilets, showers and drinking water are provided. Firewood is available for purchase from the host.
The campground is situated on the banks of Cass Lake, in a forest of mature red and white pine trees. Some sites have lake views and are near the loop's sandy beach.
Cass Lake is the largest of eight lakes that make up the Cass Lake Chain of Lakes. The lake covers nearly 16,000 acres and has 27 miles of forested shoreline and sandy beaches.
The town of Cass Lake is located four miles west of the campground, offering restaurants, a bank, grocery and hardware stores, a movie theater and museum.
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This is one of several distinct campgrounds located within the Chippewa National Forest, and is located on the east side of Cass Lake. Entrance is through the main entrance at the Norway Beach Forest Service Recreation Area access. This campground is geared towards tent campers and is in a more secluded part if the Recreation area. Many of the sites are right on the water, which means you can put in a boat at the main boat landing and then travel by water to your campsite. The water sites also have nice sandy beaches…however, zebra mussels have been recently found in Cass Lake, and I did indeed find a few on the beach here, which is disappointing. This campground is the farthest from the main visitor center, picnic grounds, boat landing and official beach, which could be either a plus or a minus for you, depending on how secluded and off the beaten path you would like to be. These camp amenities arent too far to drive or even bike, though. Potable water is available here, but you are a good 15 minute drive to town for groceries and supplies, and there is no campground store on site, so be prepared. This campground will be if interest to folks who want to fish on Cass Lake or just relax along shore under the big pines, but if I had a choice I would prefer the Forest Service campground at Pike Bay on the south side if Cass Lake, as that campground is smaller and quieter and has bigger campsites