SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER, MN

South Kawishiwi River Campground is located in Superior National Forest near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, about 10 miles from Ely, Minnesota. It offers fishing, boating and other recreational activities in a relaxing outdoor setting. The campground has sites with and...
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  • Traveling within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness requires a permit; day use requires a self-issued permit; overnight use requires a permit from the quota system
  • Beach and picnic areas open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily
  • $5/night fee will be collected for extra vehicles
  • Off-road and all-terrain vehicles not allowed during camping season
  • Click here to learn more about Superior National Forest
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 63 Back-In
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 57 Back-In
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 78 Back-In
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 64 Back-In
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 62 Back-In
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 56 Back-In
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 63 Back-In
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 65 Back-In
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 54 Back-In
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 56 Back-In
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 60 Back-In
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 70 Back-In
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 60 Back-In
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD ELECTRIC 8 58 Back-In
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 56 Back-In
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 59 Back-In
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 60 Back-In
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 63 Back-In
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 60 Back-In
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 51 Back-In
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 52 Back-In
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 66 Back-In
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 59 Back-In
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 60 Back-In
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SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER STANDARD NONELECTRIC 8 107 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

South Kawishiwi River Campground is located in Superior National Forest near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, about 10 miles from Ely, Minnesota. It offers fishing, boating and other recreational activities in a relaxing outdoor setting. The campground has sites with and without electric hookups, as well as one group day use area great for family picnics, birthday parties and other gatherings of up to 35 people.

Natural Features:

The scenic Kawishiwi River boasts clear, cold and calm waters lined with boreal forest and wetland ecosystems. Wildlife abounds in Superior National Forest, from moose and bear to bald eagles and loons. The campground lies in a mixed aspen, birch and conifer forest.

Superior National Forest, located in northeastern Minnesota's Arrowhead Region, is comprised of 3-million acres. The forest spans 150 miles along the United States-Canada border.

Recreation:

Canoeing is a main attraction. The Kawishiwi River provides access to Birch Lake to the south and the Boundary Waters to the north. When traveling in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wildnerness, a permit is required. Canoe rentals are available from the campground concessionaire with at least one day's notice.

Closer to shore, visitors can enjoy an afternoon of swimming at the campground's grassy beach, hiking the 1-mile Kawishiwi River Forest Trail or trying their luck at fishing for northern pike, perch and walleye. A boat ramp is located on-site.

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

Facilities:

The campground offers individual campsites and one group picnic area that can be reserved for day use. Sites are spacious, private, well-maintained and shaded. Visitors will find vault toilets, drinking water and trash bins within the facility. Firewood is available for purchase.

Nearby Attractions:

Numerous outdoor recreation opportunities lie within Superior National Forest's 77 lake accesses, 13 fishing piers, 10 swimming beaches and 22 picnic areas. The forest is also home to three scenic byways.

Campers can also explore the nearby Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Over 1-million acres in size, the Boundary Waters extends 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

GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC

Mon Apr 28 2014 - Fri Apr 24 2015

Reservations must be made 4 Days(s) ahead of arrival and can be made up to 12 Month(s) in advance.

STANDARD ELECTRIC

Mon Apr 28 2014 - Fri Oct 24 2014

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

STANDARD NONELECTRIC

Mon Apr 28 2014 - Fri Oct 24 2014

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 Fri May 02 2014 Tue Sep 30 2014
Walk In Wed Oct 01 2014 Sat Oct 18 2014
Services and Amenities
Within Facility
  • Berry Picking
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Educational Programs
  • Electric Hookups
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Recycling
  • River Access
  • Swimming
  • Tent Pads
  • 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 02 2014 -
Sep 30 2014
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $15.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $15.00
GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC $100.00
Walk In Season
Oct 01 2014 -
Oct 18 2014
STANDARD NONELECTRIC $15.00
STANDARD ELECTRIC $15.00
GROUP SHELTER ELECTRIC $100.00

*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):
47.81556, -91.73139
47°48'56"N, 91°43'53"W

From Ely, Minnesota, travel about 10.3 miles south on State Highway 1 toward Lake Superior. Turn left onto the campground road.
Contact Information

Mailing Address:

SOUTH KAWISHIWI RIVER
12208 HIGHWAY ONE
ELY MN 55731

Phone Number:

Information: (218)235-1299
Additional Information