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Most room per trailer site I’ve seen in forever

After Labor Day ( sept 2019 ) Not many visitors - but some. This place is just plain beautiful. Super friendly. No cell. WiFi available at the office, but not at the RV sites ( not really a bad thing!) extremely roomy - our truck and trailer are 54 feet long - no problem fitting at site 35 - but we’ll bring an extension cord next time as our primary power cable didn’t quite reach the utility box. Very nice picnic table and fire ring. Bathrooms on the RV side are pristinely clean - short walk to the beach. Peaceful! 12 minutes to get to town. ( secret - there’s an RV dump at the airport on county H north ) $5 donation -

We will be back!

Madeline Island Ferry charges by the foot. 54’ truck and trailer combo plus two adults was about $220 round trip but we stayed 5 nights and felt it worth every cent.

Convenient and right on Lake Superior

One of my favorite parks to cart into. The site office is very big and accommodating. There is a small gift shop with coffee and small conveniences. The carts are usually busted. Be prepared for that.  The trails are groomed. You will need to hike in wood and water. Unless you have site J or K, the other sites are not beach level. Site H is visible from the trail. People can see everything and you can see them. It is close to the bathroom. Site H has a concrete slab that the picnic table rests on. There are metal railings that are broken. Do not lean on them. There are a few wood steps that lead closer to the cliff edge. There is some flat surface. I placed my tarp and netting here. There is a beautiful view towards the south west. This is not the tent pad.  There is enough tree coverage for rain and wind. You can still see the stars. The cart out and in is about 20 minutes. Very easy. You can not see between sites, which is nice. I would still stay here again.

Kicking Tires

Lots of great camp sites available and awesome hiking. Bathrooms were clean so that was a plus. It’s a little annoying that you can only park one vehicle at your site when there was room for 3 or more. The other parking lot isn’t close or safe to walk to in the dark. I really wish you would have just charged us for 2 cars.

Nice Campground

Great campground with tent sites next to the beach. RV sites are small and close together. Both 30 & 50 amp service for RV's. First come first serve for all sites. Can be very crowded in July and August. I recommend this campground if you like great views of Lake Superior.

Simply beautiful.

I camped at the Baptism campground with my mom and our dogs. The state park is simply beautiful. And so is the campground. The sites are all very private. Some have electricity, some are without. There are even some walk in campsites. The bathhouse with showers and toilets is very clean. A lot of people had campers so I had the feeling it was not used so much. The walk in sites had little vault toilets in the parking lot. From the campground you have the choice of several hiking trails and access to 2 waterfalls. You can also park at the visitor center and enter hiking trails from there. They have a very nice gift shop. Firewood can also be purchased. There are a lot if cool things around the park as well like Split Rock Lighthouse or Gooseberry Falls. I would definitely camp here again. It was a great experience.

Superior camping on Stockton Island

Stockton Island is one of about a dozen islands in the Apostle Islands archipelago. The Apostle Islands are managed as a national lakeshore by the National Park Service. Access to the islands is by water shuttle https://www.apostleisland.com/shuttles-camping/ or via your own watercraft. The islands are famous for a wilderness experience in a pristine part of Lake Superior offshore from Bayfield Wisconsin. Camping and kayaking in the islands is a spectacular experience. The season is short, from late June to Labor Day; traversing the lake lake is too unpredictable after that! We went in June and had a fabulous experience. Lots of sun, no bugs, gentle breezes, perfect temps in the 60’s. The water shuttle drops you passengers at a large dock in a natural harbor on the southeast side of Stockton Island. A short walk from the landing brings you to the Island’s ranger station and visitor center for an orientation and an intro to the island. A stellar handicapped accessible platform campsite is adjacent to the ranger station, the best and most accessible I’ve ever seen and would be perfect for a family member of mine with special needs and mobility issues. It would be completely do-able for folks camping with someone in a wheel chair, thank you NPS for your efforts! Additional walkin campsites are spread out further down the shore, under magnificent trees, along the sandy shore, with plenty of seclusion and a great rustic experience. Tent camping only, of course. No vehicles on the island! Lots of hiking, kayaking, nature watching and more, even swimming if you can brave the cold Superior temps. Be prepared with all the supplies you need for your stay as the water shuttle only comes to the island a few days a week and once you are there, you are there for the duration, no store or anything on the island. Coming here is a real adventure!

Quiet, peaceful & disconnected :)

beautiful shoreline year round, rock picking, sunsets, blue ice in winter. Make sure you bring groceries with you as it is 16 miles to Ironwood. Limited cell service can be accessed sporadically and if needed near boat launch and west on Cr 505/122.

Great for access to Frog Bay Tribal Park

This campground is oriented towards RV’ers and boaters, the campsite has full RV hookups and is adjacent to a very nice marina for those who are looking for that. The campground is also run by and adjacent to the Red Cliff Casino Hotel, so that has pluses and minuses depending on how you feel about being so close to a hotel and casino. I think the campground overall is adequate but nothing real special in terms of a general camping experience, but it is close to Lake Superior, Apostle Islands, and Bayfield. One gem of a campsite is worth noting: site # 23 is tucked way back in the woods on its own inlet pretty well secluded from all the rest of the campground, I would really recommend it as a very special place for tent campers. Very peaceful, wooded and quiet, lots of bird and wildlife action, and a few nice spots for fishing. Another important thing to mention is that staying at the campground or visiting the marina or hotel restaurant helps support the Red Cliff Band of Ojibwe Indians, which is very worthwhile.

Most importantly, whether you stay at this campground or another near by, the campground is just south of an incredible outdoor opportunity: the chance to visit the new Frog Bay Tribal National Park, the first Indigenous National Park in the US. This park has been set aside by the Red Cliff Band to preserve an incredible segment of The Red Cliff peninsula that encompasses an amazingly beautiful and undisturbed old-growth cedar hemlock forest. As a biologist, I was thrilled to visit this very, very special place on earth, and I am grateful to the Red Cliff Band for their conservation and education efforts here. The quiet, the profound stillness of the forest, the rare plants and habitats, the beautiful trails are breathtaking. You can wander through on your own on several impeccably kept trails, and as you wander you will find guide posts pointing out plants of special cultural value along with their Ojibwe name. Even better, you can hire a Red Cliff Ojibwe naturalist to give you an informative guided tour to learn more about the natural and cultural landscape. You can also arrange for a guided tour to some of the Red Cliff sea caves that are off limits to the general public. These are must-do activities for curious adventurous naturalists. For more info on Frog Bay Tribal Park, check this link: http://redcliff-nsn.gov/divisions/TNRD/FBTNP.htm

Like a state park in Bayfield

City-run campgrounds can be of variable quality, and the Bayfield community campground at Dalrymple city park really sets the bar high. The quality of this campground is on a par with a small state park! Set in a deep old forest of tall shady trees, the campsites are large, spacious, well kept and in pristine quality. Many are in primo spots along the bluffs overlooking Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands, and many can accomodate a variety if RV’s and campers. However, with respect for tenters who like a more rustic experience, there are some primitive walk in sites that are set off to the side in a nice secluded woodsy location. Right within the city limits of beautiful Bayfield, with all kinds of amenities and possible day trips, but with a peaceful quiet retreat into the woods at day’s end. A quality experience!

Convenient for Bayfield Events

This is a private campground located a few miles south of Bayfield. It is oriented towards RV camping but also has tent sites. It is very family friendly with play areas, small store with necessities and snacks. It would be particularly good for families or groups of events who are attending summer events (lectures, concerts, workshops) at the nearby Chatauqua Event grounds; in fact, the campground has a designated Chatauqua shuttle stop stop so you dont have to deal with traffic and parking. It is convenient to the town of Bayfield too, so you could easily do a variety if day trips in the area. The RV campsite loop is a bit open with only small trees and not much privacy between, but many RV campers like that for socializing and interacting with neighbors. There is a quieter shady loop towards the back of the campground that tent campers and others who want more peace and quiet might prefer. Note: you should call ahead to make reservations as spots fill quickly especially in Chatauqua season. More importantly, note that the entrance and office close by 6pm and NO ONE who is not already registered is allowed in, no late arrivals!

Great for boaters

This is an interesting combo-campground in a recreation area that is run jointly by the local county township park board and the National Park Service. The campground would be ideal for folks in campers and RVs , as the campground is particularly well set up for them with hookups and large shaded sites. It is also an excellent harbor and marina for boaters of all kinds from sailboat to yacht to kayak. For tent campers like me, the tent spots arent great…small and unsheltered and close together. There is firewood for sale plus cats available to tote a load to your campsite. Play area for kids, some hiking possibilities, and right on the water for swimming at the beach or launching boats. Seems a little strange that they charge for showers on top on the camping fee. The Park service has staff on location with a Park Mobile information center, but better yet they are almost finished building a brand new beautiful visitor center about the Apostle Islands.

Great farmstay near Ashland

I found this listing at Airbnb, but it is a perfect example of a rustic peaceful farm stay camper cabin. The cabin is actually the old creamery house for the farm, but it has been renovated to include cozy one-room lodging with a futon, reading chair, and old fashioned farm sink. Most importantly….it have an old-fashioned Finnish wood sauna en suite! There is a picnic table outside for your use too, with a nice view of the heritage chickens doing their thing. Nice hammock in the trees nearby, too. Very peaceful and relaxing! There are miles of hiking trails on the rolling property, including ponds that are home to myriad birds including sandhill cranes, and lits of wildflowers. I can imagine this being a great retreat in winter too, for cross country skiing. The owner and host, Tom, is a retired Fish and Wildlife officer and very knowledgeable. He lives in the main farmhouse where he has a regular BnB separate from the camper cabin, but you can go to the house to use bathroom, shower, kitchen and reading room, which is nice. The location is just a few miles outside Ashland, and is very near the Ashland/ Apostle Islands visitor center which is a must as it is the gateway for exploring the area. If you like a rustic peaceful nature oriented retreat but want a bit more comfort than a tent, this place is ideal!

Backpacking Site 2

Spent a couple of nights here recently and really enjoyed the solitude. Trails are all marked and the proximity to the lighthouse was nice. Weather was cool and varied between clear and partly cloudy with a light rain for about an hour one morning. Site is on a relatively open, low bluff that overlooks Lake Superior to the South and has fire ring with grill grate, half a picnic table, a locker for food / gear, latrine and tent area padded with wood chips. Trees on site were perfect for my hammock. Waves crashing below site were calming and put me to sleep both nights - was much like beach camping in my home state of California! I did not hike the surrounding trails much as this was more of a short reconnaissance trip for future visits. If you plan on swimming be sure to bring water shoes! Pebbles/rocks are tough on bare feet.

While there I also took the opportunity to scout backpack site 1. This site has same amenities though it is more sheltered by trees. There is a short path that leads down to the water’s edge and a little swimming cove that could be cool for shallow rock diving. Large, flat granite formations for sunning yourself as well. Either site is awesome and Split Rock I’ll definitely be back!

Knife river

The first review nailed it! Me and my daughter stayed one night in a tent! The car noise was bad ! I would stay there again in a pinch because the beach that is just on the north side of the marina is still one of our favorite spots on the lake! If you do stay get some firewood and plan on staying up until the traffic slows down .

Beautiful place to camp!

Our campsite was right on the water. The trail around the lake was beautiful for hiking. We also checked out the short trail across the road and it was really nice. They have water as well as kayak, canoe and boat rentals which we didn't use but I thought it was nice.

One of Our Favorites

Rustic, cliffs of Superior, near an abundance of nature and waterfalls. Not much more you need.

Hidden gem

Great campground! Drove out far for Labor Day weekend hoping we could find a last minute campground. Luckily a few people cancelled their reservations so we found one out here. Had awesome sites, ATV/UTV trails, a bar, a playground, and rentable cabins. Sites are secluded and pretty private. Campground also has clean bathrooms. Toilets are by the sites but are vaults but then by the bar there are two bathrooms with showers and flushing toilets that are open 24/7. Very friendly and accommodating staff. Felt very welcome here even tho I’m from Green Bay haha

Love!

Great campsite, river bear by us gorgeous. I love the smaller campgrounds, sort of open but some spots are pretty secluded.

A Must See

It takes a ferry to get here, but it is a must see!  Lake Superior is beautiful, and the campsites are nice and private.

Great campsite

This was officially our families first camping trip. We love the north shore but every camp site we searched was reserved. We got to the site pretty early and got a spot at site 13. Beautifully wooded and large site. We will be back!

Rustic and beautiful

Primative campground within the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest. Large sites for the most part, suitable for tents or RVs. See map in photos for notes on the physical attributes of each campsite.

No electric, water, or sewer hook ups. If you need to fill your freshwater tank there is a pump across from site #35 that had room to park our camper and fill with a hose (bring your own). Some people brought generators, which is allowed but annoying if you're trying to enjoy the peace and quiet.

No showers, but a dip in Lake Owen was refreshing. Our site was near the path to the beach, which is a short walk. No dogs allowed in the water or beach. Kayaks and canoes can be rented from the campground hosts.

Good food and options nearby in Cable. For amazing bloody Mary's head to Garnish Inn (about 20 min away).

Poor cell service.

Great Basecamp for water sports

Great spot for an overnight or longer stay, especially if you bring a boat or kayak. Well kept grounds and amenities. A little expensive and no privacy keep it from 5 stars.

Beautiful

Close to 4 beautiful waterfalls and a nice beach. Very pretty rustic campground.

Beautiful

We went second week of August. Campsite 21 has a small path directly to lake Superior. The real gem here is all the waterfalls nearby. Exhausting but breathtaking. My only complaint would be the flies not the biting kind but the annoy you to death kind. The campsitea aren't really as secluded as they depict online but still pretty private.

Convenient but busy

For a couple car camping with a tent this place suited our needs. Conveniently located between split rock and Duluth it’s easy to explore the north shore from here. With that being said it’s a louder and camper heavy campground with very little privacy. The lake view is spectacular and all around I would recommend this place to anyone looking to camp somewhere convenient on the north shore.

Beautiful place!

Spacious and level sites, all mowed grass. Very clean bathrooms with hot showers. Absolutely sweetest older lady running the place…she brought me a piece of cheesecake that she made and gave my dog some dog treats, too! Firewood was reasonably priced and a generous amount. I will definitely stay here again and highly recommend!

Choose wisely.

The sites are small… very small. Barely fit my 21 foot trailer in because the turn was ridiculous to get in the site. The bathroom was in disrepair and we ended up not using it. The police roll through about every 2 hours for no good reason.

It is on Lake Superior and it does have water and electric for a decent price.

Amazing views

This island was beautiful and had very thick forestry, but plenty of room on the hiking path to hike. I loved that most of the land was untouched by humans. The views from our campsite were gorgeous! We stayed at site 6.

The sites are very secluded from one another so you hardly run into people. There is a place to use an open outhouse. Its sitting in the middle of the woods not too far from the campsites.

Theres also a lighthouse that you can hike to. It's really cool because it's on a huge rocky part of the island. It was locked but still cool. There were some signs to read with history there.

It's important to have a sea kayak or a motorized boat. If using a kayak make sure you have a wet suit! The water can be difficult and cold.

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.