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National forest campgrounds in the Chippewa National Forest and Superior National Forest offer unique Minnesota camping experiences.

National Forest Campgrounds

The Superior National Forest can be entered by heading North on Highway 1 near Gooseberry Falls State Park on the North Shore of Lake Superior. 

The Chippewa National Forest covers more than 1,000 square miles of Minnesota's Central Lakes area.

The forests in these national parks offer the wilderness experience many campers seek. If you are looking for solitude, you can find it here. There are also group camp sites for those who seek a place for family and friends to enjoy Minnesota camping together.

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Superior National Forest Campgrounds

The Superior National forest stretches for 150 miles across the Arrowhead Region of Minnesota. The three million acres of this forest include the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness and the Superior Hiking Trail. The eastern parts of the forest surround the iconic Gunflint Trail.

You will also be on the edge of Voyageurs National Park. These areas are acknowledged as some of the most beautiful places on earth.

Almost all of the twenty-three campgrounds within the Superior National Forest are situated on lakes. Expect rustic, "no frills" camping in this boreal forest ecosystem. Representatives of almost all Minnesota wildlife inhabit the forest including about 400 grey wolves. At least 155 bird species are found here.

All but three of the campgrounds in he Gunflint District of the Superior National Forest lie along the Gunflint Trail. One is worthy of special mention - Trail's End campground has 32 beautiful sites, some with RV hookups. This is a great "base camp" for a short trip into the BWCAW.

The forest offers almost 500 miles of hiking trails from short treks to week-long backpacking excursions.  In winter, 290 miles of trail are groomed for cross-country skiing and 700 miles are groomed for snowmobiling.

Superior National Forest Campgrounds: Forest Service information about campgrounds, camping cabins, outdoor activities, alerts and conditions.

Chippewa National Forest Campgrounds

Three of the states largest lakes - Winnibigoshish, Leech Lake, and Cass Lake - lie within the Chippewa National Forest. As well, the headwaters of the Mississippi River at Itasca State Park are within its boundaries.

Twenty-one campgrounds are located on, or near, the shores of these lakes. Many of these are rustic campsites with a tent pad, fire grate, picnic table and parking spot.

Amenities vary in other Chippewa Forest campgrounds. Three, Norway Beach, O-Ne-Gum-E, and Stoney Point, have electrical hookups, showers, and flush toilets. Read more about what you will enjoy in Minnesota RV campgrounds.

Back country camping is popular in the Chippewa National Forest. There are approximately 400 backpacking sites within the forest, and a number of "hike and canoe in" sites. You are permitted to camp on any public lands however must set up camp at least 100 feet away from water sources and trails.

Chippewa National Forest CampgroundsForest Service information about campgrounds, camping cabins, outdoor activities, alerts and conditions.


National Forest campgrounds are beautiful however you can find campgrounds in Minnesota in all parts of the state. Some of the best are in our Minnesota State Parks.

National Forest Campgrounds in Minnesota

Minnesota National Parks and Forests

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