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Second time camping here in the winter. Snow was falling when we arrived but the road and open site driveways were plowed out. We had to stomp out a path, spot for a tent pad and the campfire area - but we didn’t mind. The site was very private and has a lot of pines. It was beautiful. The bathroom and shower house was even open. 7 people were staying here this weekend.
We had a wonderful time. If you are looking for a camping site, I highly recommend this one.
5/3/19-5/5/19. I’ve hiked Gooseberry Falls MANY times over the years (including trips to the lesser known Fifth Falls, which is a must-see, by the way) but this was my first time camping here.
The snow had melted and the ground was dry. The park was empty for the most part. None of the sites are right on the lake, there is a road in between, but a few had nicer lake views. Those sites were taken so we landed in site 50, in the center of the campground. Our campsite had many pines and was somewhat secluded. A few sites were close by and privacy may be an issue in the busier season, but it worked just fine in early May. The indoor bathrooms were open, which was a plus and a short walk from our site. There were several paths that led to the lake and views were gorgeous, sunrise views with a morning coffee were beautiful. These were trails I had never explored and are only accessible if you park nearby or are camping.
Besides being less crowded, the best part about camping in early May is spring runoff and the waterfalls are massive and flowing with lots of power. We coined it waterfall weekend and took full advantage of many waterfalls up and down 61.
Overall I would recommend camping at Gooseberry - semi-private, quiet and near Lake Superior. Hiking is fabulous here in all seasons . I do wish they maintained a few campsites in the winter.
We've camp here before, and it's a lovely park. The problem is that it is increasingly popular during the summer, so you have too book well in advance. When we checked on a Tuesday in late August, all sites were already reserved for the next four days. (We instead stayed at a campground in the Eckbeck Forest nearby.)
We still spent the day rock climbing in the park. The black flies were unbearable along the hiking trails though, so we ended our day hours early because we were getting painfully bitten so much, even with bug spray and long sleeves/pants.