Unpack the best tips for a great North Shore vacation. Naturalist and outdoors expert Andrew Slade scouted nearly two thousand campsites in this spectacular region, seeking unique experiences and beautiful places to camp. Camping the North Shore not only guides you to the best of the best, it gives you fun activities and adventures for each location, complete with detailed maps and dozens of photographs. This guidebook will help you enjoy Lake Superior views, catch a nice fish, relax in peace and quiet, and find an ideal base camp to boat, hike, or even shop on the North Shore. For RV and tent campers, seasoned experts, and those new to camping, find your perfect place on the North Shore. From Jay Cooke State Park to the Gunflint Trail, from convenient campgrounds in town to wilderness campgrounds on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, this guidebook features 26 “best” North Shore campgrounds and describes 40 morethat’s 66 campgrounds in all.
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For a great weekend or week-long vacation, camping on Minnesota’s spectacular North Shore is an excellent choice. Camping is the best way to experience natural areas, and the North Shore has some of the best parks, forests and trails in the entire Midwest.
Lake Superior is one of our world’s wonders. It’s the largest freshwater lake on the surface of the world. And it’s stunningly beautiful. The lake sits in a massive geologic bowl carved out of some of the oldest rocks in the world.
The Minnesota shoreline of Lake Superior is known as the North Shore. For geologic, historic and geographic reasons, it’s both the most rugged shoreline on Lake Superior and the most developed shoreline as well.
Lucky us. To enjoy the scenery and experience the habitats here, we just drive in. If we were camping on the Ontario shore of Lake Superior, we would have to paddle sea kayaks 50 miles along the shore for terrain like this. On the Michigan shore, we might have to beat our way through 50 miles of gravel roads for campgrounds like these.
For car campers, the North Shore is paradise. But this paradise requires planning. If you want to camp on the shore of the lake, you have to plan far ahead. It used to be that all the campsites, even the “best” ones, were available on a first-come, first-served basis. Now, you must reserve a specific campsite months in advance for virtually every shoreline campground.
There’s more to the North Shore than those seven campgrounds right on the water’s edge. The North Shore experience goes far inland, and so do the campgrounds. If you’re willing to drive a little bit farther and if you can follow a good road map, you can find a good campsite any day.
What’s the best campground for you? First, you’ll need to make a few choices to find the campsite of your dreams...
Table of Contents
A guide to the campsite of your dreams 1
Insects: dare and prepare 7
Things to bring 10
Andrew's picks 12
Camping the North Shore: Featured campgrounds
1 Jay Cooke State Park 14
2 Spirit Mountain 18
3 Burlington Bay 24
4 Indian Lake 28
5 Gooseberry Falls State Park 34
6 Split Rock Lighthouse State Park 38
7 Eighteen Lake 44
8 Eckbeck 48
9 Finland 52
10 Ninemile Lake 56
11 Tettsgouche State Park 60
12 Lamb's Resort 66
13 Temperance River State Park 72
14 Temperance River National Forest 76
15 Sawbill Lake 80
16 Baker Lake 86
17 Crescent Lake 90
18 Cascade River State Park 96
19 Grand Marais RV Park and Campground 100
20 Devil Track Lake 106
21 Two Island 110
22 Kimball Lake 114
23 Trail's End 118
24 Hungry Hippie Hostel 122
25 Judge C.R. Magney State Park 126
26 Grand Portage Marina and RV Park 130
Thirty-five more on the North Shore 134