Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, WISCONSIN
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Spacious and Spectacular!

We stayed at drive-in 49 and loved it! Private trail directly to the showers, restrooms and water. Would stay there again in a heartbeat. 49 is close to the Gitchi Gami trail so that was also nice considering we were rollerblading. Highly recommended campground and park!

Our favorite

Yes it is tucked in right off of HWY 61 and can be a distraction if you let it. We hiked, fished and just sat and looked at the Lake.
The 300’ wild waterfall is my favorite area to hike to. Study the force of the water over the centuries of work. Driving the forest roads you can come upon little surprises like Heartbreak hill.

Great but ticks

Solid hiking trail and good campsites. The campsites have adequate space and decent amenities. The biggest issue however was ticks. Been an outdoor person my whole life and more ticks than I’ve ever seen before. Pulling 10 or more off an hour…

Fan favorite for sure

We love this place so much we come back year after year! The staff is so nice! The location is amazing. Sites are kind of small but there are trees between each for a private feel. Right on Lake Superior, the views are nothing short of amazing and there’s plenty to do. From shopping in Grand Marais to hiking the Superior Trail, we’ll keep coming back!

A great way to spend some time in Lake Superior

We visited this park in October - there was some rain !! - the owls were wonderful.  Taking the ferry across works easily, there was firewood at the park - There were plenty of sites to choose from in Oct.  (and sort of fun for us - it's a "new" campground in that the current picnic area used to be the campground - kind of like a field with the sites around the edge) Now the campground is lovely with pretty private sites in the woods.  Again the hiking is really nice, and access to the Lake is along a sand beach as well as a boggy boardwalk parallel to the shoreline - Getting ice for our cooler was a little iffy in October as the main options in summer were closed by but a local bar sold us a bag of their ice and all was good.  In addition to the hiking the State Historical Society runs a site on Madeline Island centered around the fur trade of earlier times.  Limited hours.

Near great hiking

A popular campground for good reason.  We were able to get a site without a reservation mid week in Oct. but would have liked to stay longer.  We had a nice site in the woods - semi private in feel, lots of toads!!! The hiking in this park is excellent - observation areas, water falls etc. There were open areas nearby too so we were able to do some kite flying!   We also spent a little bit of time in nearby Mellen  - the little historical society museum was wonderful … very eclectic and all things Mellen.

Clean and Scenic!

We stayed at campsite #14 and it was by far one of the better camp spots. We are planning on going again; it was so much fun to explore the lake shore and island. Highly recommended!

Peaceful and beautiful!

We camped in the cart-in area and it was a blast! It was our first time doing the cart-in and was slightly hard, but you have to commit to this if you reserve. The trek into the campground was manageable and the area was very scenic. Going back to camp at the drive-in campground next!

Great Campsite right near The Baptism River

This campsite is first come, first serve which is great for people who are last minute like me 😊 I go up the North Shore quite often and this was my first time going to this campsite. It was very clean, very wooded and the campsites were nice and big. I’d most definitely visit again!

Free camping

The camp ground is off 169 south. It is very small maybe 5 sites No power and did not see water and there is one vault toilet Perfect for tent camping but not for big trailers. Easy walk to the upper Falls. Quite and pretty clean some trash in the fire pits but that would be my only complaint. I would stay again but would worry it would fill up fast on the weekends.

City Campground on Lake Superior

Another great little “city” campground right on Lake Superior. This is a first come first serve campground- no reservations. However, campers have the option of staying the entire season if they want to pay up front for it (May to October). The bath house has pay showers and is cleaned daily. The sites are arranged in rows that work their way down towards the lake. There are very few trees and no privacy even though sites are large and well spaced. There is a nice play area and beach, and it is obvious from the huge carved trout which fish reigns here. Most of the campers were using trailers and RVs and taking advantage of the cable tv service that comes with electric sites, and all sites have access to the free wifi. There were few tent only campers, probably because there is no privacy at this campground and supposedly there are nicely treed sites at the nearby Memorial Campground (I did not camp there, so I am only going on what my host said).

Picture perfect.

My husband and I stayed at the only shoreline campsite one October. There is a nice privy, bear box, fire pit and picnic table. The hike was a bit more challenging with a lot of up-and-down hills. There were a few times we had to hop a steam on the downswing of a hill while hiking to the campsite. The beginning of the hike is beautiful with views that are worth seeing and the more challenging hike comes after the beautiful views. It would be a great day hike if you were not feeling like camping or hiking the hills.


Gooseberry Falls State Park is gorgeous and I highly recommend making the trip up there! Have been going since I was a baby and will always love being there!

Spectacular scenery and great access to hiking trails

The entire Gooseberry Falls State Park and campground were built in the 1930’s by the Civilian Conservation Corps. The stone work is amazing! There are great hiking trails along the waterfalls as well as away from the water along the Superior Trail (which was developed long after the CCC work ended). The campground has nice sized private campsites, newer and clean modern showers and bathrooms. The campground is very popular and fills up fast, so you might want to make reservations. Supposedly there are one or two kayak in sites at the mouth of the river, but I did not check it out. This park is VERY busy with visitors who want to see and play in the falls. But it is easy to escape the crowds- just head out on one of the hiking trails away from the falls and you will have the place to yourself.

Everything you need on the lake

Two Harbors is a neat little deep port town on Lake Superior with a very busy campground just on the edge of town. The campground overlooks the lake and a few lucky sites have lake access. Most sites in the main campground are tiny and on top of each other, and most people were camping with RV’s or campers, though not all sites have hookups. There is an auxiliary RV area across the street from the beach where all sites have hookups, but it is in the full sun and the pull through sites are right next to each other. The bathroom is clean, considering how many people have to use it. It seemed that there were campground staff buzzing around on golf carts constantly to see to the needs of the campgrounds. Firewood, ice, t-shirts, and other sunderies are available for purchase at the campground store, but you are not far from the grocery stores for your bigger needs. I found the campground to be loud, but that might just be because there is nowhere for noise to dissipate between sites since they are on top of each other.

Lots of Camping and Hiking Variety

Tettegouche has lots of camping options -- walk in, cart in, RV, and drive in. We drove in.

The drive in sites didn't have a lot of space between them, but site 16 had a little more privacy than the others. Each site has a fire ring and picnic table. Facilities are nearby and there is also a bath house which is closed for cleaning every afternoon.

There are plenty of gorgeous hikes and waterfalls to visit. We even caught someone getting engaged at the waterfalls -- that's how pretty it is. It's still cold in June - bring lots of layers and be prepared for a fire!

Great camping near the Apostle Islands

Right on Lake Superior! The campground name was a bit confusing as it is also called The Town of Clover Campground, but most of the signage seems to say Herbster Campground, so that is what we will go with. The RV campground section is up front on a large lot with views of the lake (if you are in the front row). Across the street are a few tent sites right on the beach, as well as a few on the main campground side of the street. There is a nice loop going back into the woods that has most of the tent/small trailer sites. You get your pick- sand flies on the beach or skeeters in the woods. The campground overall is well maintained and very private- everything was well mowed to keep bugs down, and the sites in the woods were well spaced so that most sites are out of sight from each other. The shower house is in a newer shower trailer- sounds weird, but they were actually very nice and obviously cleaned daily. There was a sink station outside the shower trailer for cleaning dishes. I think I saw a fish cleaning station too. Most tent sites seemed to have electric (bonus!) and all had picnic tables and fire rings. They are pretty strict about firewood- it must be local! They have some wood for sale but also had recommendations for where to purchase nearby. This is a first come first serve campground that doesn’t take reservations, which is nice so close to the busy Apostle Islands. This is the place to come as it is much quieter than some of the campgrounds closer to the Islands. There is a boat launch about 5 minutes away that is reasonably priced if you have your own boat for exploring the islands/sea caves.

Stunning landscapes

We camped at Presque Isle in the Porkies for a long weekend in October. The color change was amazing! This campground is rustic with only vault toilets and no hookups. There is a section that allows generators during certain hours of the day, a non-generator area and a few walk-in sites. There are a few sites which are along the cliff side looking down to Lake Superior, we were lucky enough to reserve one of those, site 2. It was a very large site, equipped with the standard picnic table and fire ring. Many of the sites back up to the woods, which were smaller and a little soggy while we were there. This campground is one of two in the park, Union Bay is the other more modern campground located right on the lake. The sites there are much smaller and crowded. I prefer the more remote Presque Isle campground by far. Less amenities but far less people. The hiking throughout this park is unparalleled in its beauty. The campground is close to the Presque Isle river trail which is waterfall after waterfall. The park has a ski lift we rode to check out the views from the top of the mountain, as well as an 18 hole disc course. It’s the hiking and rugged beauty of the area that is the main attraction, especially catching the fall colors surrounding Lake Superior.

Easy Access for Lake Superior Road Trip Adventures

Stopped at Gooseberry on our way up the coast of Lake Superior on a long weekend. The state park is easy to access right off the highway, but with the amount of nature at your fingertips there you easily forget that you're on the roadside when you't in the campground!

There are 3 waterfalls in the park and plenty of hiking options. We were there in the late spring and the summer trails were open. Hardy hikers can find winter trail maps here as well. The Gitichi Gami state trail passes through the park if you camp with your bike.

The waterfalls are very busy since they are a roadside attraction, but most visitors don't stay long or make it past the first parking lot.

This is a wonderful State Park park your boat next to your site

This is this is a wonderful State Park public Vault toilets in a beautiful Sandy Beach for swimming enclosed and marked off along with the Beautiful Clear Lake on one side perfect for boating fishing and watersports public access to the lake and there are many sites where you can pull your boat right up too without the need to launch and Recovery daily large and private sites there are no hookups but that's to be expected with a state park wonderful place if you look in to get away from society and enjoy your summer the right way

Adequate for staying in Two Harbors

If your objective is a daytrip or weekend trip to Two Harbors without dropping a lot of money for lodging, this is an adequate campground. There is a good new bathhouse facility, and the location of the campground is primo for exploring the Two Harbors area. However, the campsites are small, jampacked together, and open without trees. RVers will find the anrnities they need, but even for them I think they might find it a bit crowded. Not good for tent campers, no privacy, a lot of noise, and hard tent sites. Car camping might not be so bad if you really want to be in the Two Harbors area. Campground closes mid October to mid May.

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Up on the Ridge!

This is a state forest campground high on a ridge overlooking Lake Superior, just south of the Wolf Ridge ELC. It has alot of overflow campers from Tettegouche in the summer, but is also a destination for folks who want to fish on the Baptism River or visit Wolf Ridge. It is in a bit quieter and off the beaten path than nearby Eckbeck campground, but it is much larger so it gets busier and noisier in peak season. It also is a campground of choice for folks interested in using the nearby state forest ATV trails, and apparently there have been some security issues related to ATVers here so video cameras are in use here for security as it is an unstaffed campground with occasional visits from state forest rangers. The campsites are large and spacious and have good fire grills and picnic tables, but the facilities are outhouses so more geared toward primitive or self sufficient camping. In summer, the business of the campground is not appealing; in winter there are few campers so I would be concerned about security issues, plus being at higher elevation there is a lot more snow up here so winter campers should be prepared!

State Forest camping at Eckbeck

We checked out this campground when, despite the cold and snow, the campgrounds were pretty full for Edmund Fitzgerald weekend at nearby Split Rock. This is a nice small state forest campground right off Rt 1 between Tettegouche and Finland. It is perfect for folks who want a quieter more primitive camping experience as there are no hookups and the facilities are outhouses. However, it is a pretty spot next to the Baptism River, and it is easy to get out to many nearby parks and outdoor recreation attractions in the area. This campground serves as an overflow for Tettegouche campers in the summer, and is quieter in the off season, however you may find a lot of hunters staying here during hunting season, or local weekend partiers showing up on quieter fall weekends. One advantage is that there is a great large group campsite here at which we have camped with a scout troop in late August and it worked well. It would be a nice spot in September and early October too, but as it is unstaffed and not frequented in the winter I might hesitate to go winter camping here

Serious Split Rock camping

Every year, on the November anniversary of the sinking if the Edmund Fitzgerald, there is a special day of activities at Split Rock Lighthouse, capped by a memorial service that includes the lighting of the lighthouse lamp at sundown. This is such a popular event that even though there had been cold and snow along the Shore for weeks, most campsites at Split Rock were taken for the weekend and some folks lingered into the next week. Intrepid campers we Minnesotans! Water is shut off in the campground bathhouse at this time if year, but if you are a hardy winter camper, and you dont mind using outhouses, then camping here in winter is do-able. The campsites are pretty much all walkin sites, but there are carts available. There are regular bathrooms in the visitor center but that is a long way from the campground! However, if you are prepared to rough it and know how to stay warm in the off season, it is possible to camp here, and the quiet winter season, the special light of the short winter days, and the amazing wild moods of Lake Superior in winter, make it worthwhile to try the experience! Probably best not to take the campsites close to shore though as waves crash way up onto land when the winter storms pick up

Winter Camping is possible here!

Minnesotans are a hardy lot. Hence, winter camping at state park campsites is still possible at most state parks for those who choose to do it. Unlike many state, winter camping starts in October and goes through April and sometimes into May! If you are willing to forgo amenities like hot running water (the shower houses and campground bathrooms have the water shut off in winter) and if you dont mind using outhouses or trekking to the park Visitor Center, then camping here is do-able, and you will get to experience the winter mood of the Gooseberry River and environs at a special quiet time if the year. When we were here there were no tent campers, but a handful of RV campers and car campers. Its worth doing if you know how to stay warm and dont mind the limited park services!

Easy Cart-in to beautiful sites

This campground has 18 sites, that are cart-in only. You park in the paved parking lot, and use the provided carts to haul your equipment to your site. They are between 200 and 1800 feet away, on hilly gravel trails. Each site is private, some are are hidden from the trail. Some are on the cliff edge, overlooking Lake Superior.

There is a nice shower and bathroom facility at the trail head. Water is available as well.

The Park requires a State Park permit, and a daily camping fee applies.

The area has many hiking trails, and the very popular and legendary Split Rock Lighthouse.

Gorgeous Views!!

We stayed last year and made a pact to go back every year! Unbelievable sights and very relaxed, uncrowded sites! If you like rustic camping this is a must see!

Simple camping

This campground is at a casino. It's a simple place to stay with no frills. We stayed in site 6 on the water. The sites are tight but there is a nice open space where your firepit is close to the water. We prefered site 4 so we will be staying there this year. Theres a nice place to put your kayak in under a huge tree. The bathrooms/showers are in the casino. They are clean. We had to borrow a 50 amp plug in because we only had our 30.

Campsite #6

Pet-friendly. Site can be reserved. Shore access & trail access to many waterfalls within a short walking distance.

Wonderful family atmosphere

This campground was clean and well kept. The owners were very friendly and worked hard to meet the camping needs of our family which included nine adults and seven children. The showers and bathrooms were clean. The playground had enough equipment to keep our children busy with plenty to do while we prepared meals.

Lambs resort sits on beautiful Lake Superior. We walked the lakeshore and walked up and swam in the river edging Lambs resort. My only hesitation about writing this review is Lambs resort might become to popular.