Little Isabella River Campground

Isabella, Minnesota

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This very small and modest campground is humbly situated in a stand of pine trees.
Best Tent Camping: Minnesota


Best Tent Camping: Minnesota

by Tom Watson (Menasha Ridge Press)

This very small and modest campground is humbly situated in a stand of pine trees.

©  Tom Watson/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Isabella
Campsites: 11
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Maps: Little Isabella River Campground
Facilities: Vault toilet, water
Driving Directions: Directions to Little Isabella River Campground

Recent Trail Reviews


Lake Itasca is clearly one of the oldest, largest and most well-known state parks in Minnesota, so it’s difficult to be too critical of this Minnesota institution. The trails at Itasca are arguably some of the best in the state and, due to the large area of the park, it is easy to feel like you are completely alone in the woods (which is hard to accomplish at many state parks these days). However, I have never experienced insects as bad as they were while we backpacked at Itasca in late June of 2007. I understand that mosquitoes, flies and ticks are much worse statewide this summer than they have been in recent history, but the magnitude of the problem was unreal. For instance, in the days following our weekend at Itasca, I removed over 60 ticks off of our dog (who has FrontLine tick protection) and my wife and I probably removed nearly 25 from each other that weekend as well. I’ve been in northern Minnesota enough to know that insects are a part of the experience, but I’ve never seen anything like I did during our recent trip to Itasca. My recommendation would be to wait until this current insect anomaly has passed and then make a trip up to visit Itasca. It’s one of the greatest places in Minnesota, but it’s not worth it if you’re removing ticks the entire time.


Great place for a bicycle ride. Everyone we met was very friendly and helpful.

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Apr 2018