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EAST BEARSKIN LAKE CAMPGROUND, MN

East Bearskin Lake Campground is located on its namesake lake, at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. It is a perfect spot for visitors who want the experience of found in Boundary Waters and the convenience of car camping. Visitors can reserve...
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Know Before You Go
  • This lake has portages into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness; when portaging or paddling from this lake and into another, be aware that permits may be required to enter (click here for permit information)
  • Some first-come, first-served sites are available within the campground
  • Bears may frequent the area; use appropriate containers for food and garbage and be aware of your surroundings
  • Click here for more information about Superior National Forest, and here for additional points of interest in the region
  • 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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EAST BEARSKIN LAKE CAMPGROUND STANDARD NONELECTRIC 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

East Bearskin Lake Campground is located on its namesake lake, at the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in northern Minnesota. It is a perfect spot for visitors who want the experience of found in Boundary Waters and the convenience of car camping. Visitors can reserve standard or walk-to tent sites, or rent small cabins that accommodate up to five or seven people. Canoeing, kayaking and power boating is available on East Bearskin Lake.

The facility can be conveniently accessed by vehicle. Guests are responsible for their own travel arrangements and safety, and must bring several of their own amenities.

Natural Features:

The campground and surrounding area is shaded with majestic red and white pines, balsam fir, spruce, birch and aspen trees. A thick understory offers plenty of shade and excellent privacy between campsites. The campground lies on the shore of the 643-acre East Bearskin Lake, a typical loon nesting site.

The surrounding Superior National Forest is located in northeastern Minnesota's arrowhead region and is comprised of 3 million acres. The forest spans 150 miles along the border of the United States and Canada. Visitors can find recreation opportunities year-round, including travel in the famous Boundary Waters area.

Recreation:

Over a million acres in size, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness extends nearly 150 miles along the borders of the United States and Canada, containing over 1,200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and over 2,000 designated campsites.

The two eastern bays of the lake are within the boundaries of Boundary Waters, thus the campground attracts canoe enthusiasts. Portages link to Flour Lake. Entering the wilderness area requires a special permit. Day permits for non-motorized use are available at the campground, but overnight and motor use permits must be obtained in advance. More information on the Boundary Waters region can be found here.

East Bearskin Lake features several shallow bays, making the campground and shoreline good places for wildlife watching. Moose, beavers, eagles, ducks, loons, songbirds and bears are the most common visitors. See recreation guides and maps of hiking trails and canoe routes in the national forest.

Fishing is also a huge draw for the area, with East Bearskin Lake offering great fishing for bass, walleye and lake trout. A boat ramp at the campground allows motorboats and canoes access to the lake. Back on shore, a variety of hiking, mountain biking and cross-country ski trails are nearby.

Facilities:

Campsites are arranged along one large loop and three smaller loops within the campground. A few sites provide a limited view of the water and all sites are within walking distance of the lake. Each campsite has an accessible fire ring with grill grates and a picnic table. Vault toilets and a solar-powered drinking water system are provided throughout the campground.

The two rental cabins sleep five or seven people, respectively. Each has a single bed, double bed and set of bunk beds, while one has an additional bed. Mattresses and bedding are not provided, and the cabins have no running water, electricity, heating or cooking facilities. Cabin visitors must use the campground's toilet and water facilities.

Cabin campers must bring their own sleeping pads, sleeping bags, cooking gear and food. Flashlights are also recommended.

Nearby Attractions:

Boats, canoes and kayaks are available for rent at the neighboring Bearskin Lodge. The store also offers fishing licenses, day use permits, groceries, ice, firewood, maps and fishing guide services for sale.

Booking Window
Fri Aug 01 2014 - Wed Jan 28 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 Sat May 10 2014 Fri Oct 31 2014
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Cabin Rentals
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Canoeing
  • Concessions
  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Drinking Water
  • Educational Programs
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • General Store
  • Gift Shop
  • Grills
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Hunting
  • Ice
  • Kayak Rentals
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Swimming
  • Tables
  • Tent sites
  • Trailheads
  • Trash Collection
  • Vault Toilets
  • Wildlife Viewing
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:
Visa Mastercard Amex Discover UnionPay JCB

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
May 10 2014 -
Oct 31 2014
TENT ONLY NONELECTRIC $18.00
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $18.00
CABIN NONELECTRIC $68.00

*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):
48.03694, -90.39389
48°2'13"N, 90°23'38"W

East Bearskin Lake Campground is located 26 miles from Grand Marais, on the historic Gunflint Trail. From Duluth, take Highway 61 north to Grand Marais. Turn left (north) on Gunflint Trail and proceed about 26 miles to East Bearskin Road. Turn right and follow the signs to the campground.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

EAST BEARSKIN LAKE CAMPGROUND
124 East bearskin Road
Grand Marais  MN  55604

Phone Number:

Project Office: (218)388 2292
Additional Information