National Forest Campgrounds in Minnesota

National Forest Campgrounds in Minnesota
Northern Minnesota has two national parks, Superior and Chippewa, and they are both in the northeast corner of the state. They offer an outdoor paradise, with Lake Superior on one side and miles and miles of forests, lakes and streams all the way to the other side of Chippewa. The National Forest operates 20 campgrounds at Superior National Forest and 21 at Chippewa National Forest.

Stony Point

Stony Point is on Leech Lake, the third largest lake in Minnesota. Sites are scattered among old growth forest, which makes for good bird watching. The campground has a boat harbor and ramp, dump station, fish cleaning station and a sandy beach. There are 42 sites with electricity but no other connections and one site with no services. The campground has limited hiking and water sports, including swimming. Fishing is available, with walleye, bass, muskie pike and panfish the most popular fish to catch.

Stony Point
HCR 73, Box 15
201 Minnesota Ave. E.
Walker, MN 56484
(218) 547-1044
forestcamping.com/dow/eastern/chipcmp.htm#stony%20point

Norway Beach Loop

Norway Beach has two loops of campsites along the shores of Cass Lake. It is part of the old, original area of the Chippewa National Forest. Some sites have access to the lake, and nearly all of the sites have ample shade. Park rangers offer special programs during the summer months. The campground has a boat ramp, which gives access to Star Island, which is in Cass Lake. There are six miles of trails around Star Island. The main campground also has trails through the woods. There are 53 sites on gravel pads. There are no connections, though there is one RV pull through site. There are also a few group tent sites. Water is available at most of the campsites and at the bathhouse, which has showers and flush toilets.

Norway Beach Loop
HC 3, Box 95
417 Forestry Drive
Blackduck, MN 56630
(218) 835-4291
forestcamping.com/dow/eastern/chipcmp.htm#norway%20beach

Fall Lake

The Fall Lake Campground, in the Superior National Forest, is on the south shore of Fall Lake and has three overlapping loops of campsites. There is a small camp store, a nature center and a playground. The Stub Lake Trail is 1.5 miles, and there are campground walking paths. There are 53 sites that have electric hookups, and there are nine other sites that have no hookups. Water is available at various places on the campground. There are showers and bathrooms.

Fall Lake Campground
1393 Highway 169
Ely, MN 55731
(218) 365-7600
forestcamping.com/dow/eastern/supcmp.htm#fall_lake

Article Written By James Jordan

James Jordan has been a writer and photographer since 1980. He has worked for newspapers in Arkansas, Tennessee, South Carolina and Kansas, winning state press association awards for writing, photography and page design. In 1995 he received his master's in Christian education and completed two years of Ancient Greek at the graduate level. Jordan holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism.

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