IRON LAKE, MN

Iron Lake Campground is located in a dense forest along the banks of Iron Lake in far northern Minnesota. The campground is unique due to its remoteness and small size. Fishing and canoeing are its biggest draws, as the lake provides access to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness...
Status: Open through Wed Oct 15 2014   Season Dates

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Know Before You Go
  • Additional fee collected for second vehicle
  • Carry-down boat access to lake
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of site in approved containers or locked inside a hard-sided vehicle and remove all food from area after eating
  • Click here for more information on the Superior National Forest


Iron Lake has portages into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. When portaging or paddling from this lake to another, check if you'll be entering the BWCAW; permits are required to enter. Click here for permit information.
  • Don't move firewood: To limit the spread of invasive tree-killing pests, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Some states have quarantines and may confiscate your firewood. Please help protect our forests from invasive species by obtaining your firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Visit dontmovefirewood.org for more information.
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IRON STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 40 Back-In
Electric Hookup - no Full Hookup - no
Pets Allowed Near Water - no
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IRON STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 20 Back-In
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IRON STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 30 Back-In
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** Arrival dates earlier than the online-reservation-window may also be available at the campground.
*** Some sites may be available only from the campground on a first-come-first-served basis.
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Overview

Overview

Iron Lake Campground is located in a dense forest along the banks of Iron Lake in far northern Minnesota. The campground is unique due to its remoteness and small size. Fishing and canoeing are its biggest draws, as the lake provides access to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

The Ham Lake Fire passed through the campground in 2007. Visitors may be surprised at how the burned area is greening up. Soils and seedling trees are delicate. Some dead trees, which were left standing to provide habitat, may be hazardous. Use caution and stay out of closed areas.

Natural Features:

Iron Lake is in a burn area, and visitors can see post-fire ecology including uncommon black-backed woodpeckers. Moose, bear, loons and other wildlife live in the area. Blueberries grow abundantly in the area and can be picked in mid to late summer.

Recreation:

Iron Lake provides many boating opportunities. The campground offers plenty of canoeing and fishing opportunities. Walleye and northern pike fishing are usually good. Canoes, kayaks and small boats must be carried down to access the lake.

When portaging or paddling out of this lake and into another, visitors should find out if they will be entering the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Entry requires a permit (self-issued for day use) and visitors must follow wilderness regulations including group size.

**View recreation guides and maps of hiking trails and canoe routes in the national forest.

View recreation guides and maps of hiking trails and canoe routes in the national forest.

Facilities:

This campground is small and simple. Sites are organized into one loop near the water. There are no electric hookups. Site 6 is a first-come, first-served site.

Vault toilets, drinking water and trash bins are provided. Conveniences are available at area lodges and resorts. A campground host from another facility visits here every other day, and the facility is routinely patrolled by the County Sheriff and the concessionaire.

Nearby Attractions:

The BWCAW is by far the most popular nearby attraction. Over 1 million acres in size, the Boundary Waters extend nearly 150 miles along the United States-Canada border and contains over 1,200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and over 2,000 designated campsites.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

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Booking Window
Sun Aug 03 2014 - Fri Jan 30 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 6 Month(s) in advance.

Season Dates

Season Schedule

Park Season Start End
Peak Sun Apr 27 2014 Wed Oct 15 2014
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Berry Picking
  • Boating
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Fishing
  • Lake Access
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
Fees and Cancellation Policies

Fees and Cancellation

Fee Information
Payment in full will be charged to your credit card upon completion of the reservation. A $9.00 non-refundable on line reservation fee may be charged for some facilities.

Payment Methods Accepted On-line:
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Changes and Cancellations
A $10.00 service fee will apply if you change or cancel your reservation. Late cancellations are subject to additional fees. For full details see NRRS Reservation Policy


Facility Rates*
Park Season Site Type Nightly/Daily Rates
Peak Season
Apr 27 2014 -
Oct 15 2014
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $16.00

*Displayed rates do not reflect discounts, attribute fees (electrical hook-ups / water hook-ups), taxes or incremental charges
**Weekly rates may not be available for all sites
Getting There
GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
48.06778, -90.61472
48°4'4"N, 90°36'53"W

From Grand Marais, Minnesota, take Gunflint Trail (County Road 12) 36 miles north, turn left on County Road 92 and travel 2 miles on a narrow gravel road to Iron Lake Campground.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

IRON LAKE
SUPERIOR
  MN 

Phone Number:

Project Office: (218)388-2212