Planning a camping trip to Minnesota’s North Shore promises an adventure amidst the untamed beauty of Lake Superior. With nine campgrounds along Highway 61, choosing the right one is crucial for an unforgettable experience.
This video guide provides a comprehensive tour of each MN North Shore campground and highlights key attractions for each one.
Gooseberry Falls State Park
- Known for its accessible waterfalls, offering breathtaking views.
- Popular spot; arrive early or visit on weekdays for the best experience.
- 70 semi-private campsites, lacking hookups, with notable sites at numbers 58, 59, and 60.
- Nearby trail leading to Lake Superior and Wi-Fi at the visitor center.
Split Rock State Park
- Features a lighthouse, offering tours from the History Center.
- Pebble Beach for kayaking and stunning views of Lake Superior.
- The longest paved section of the Gichigami State trail.
- Unique rock formations at campsites in the 300 section with electric hookups.
Black Beach Campground
- Short walk to a beautiful beach with black sand and red cliffs.
- Limited tree coverage, but electric hookups are available at most campsites.
- Unique, picturesque location for swimming and picnics.
Tettegouche State Park
- Home to the spectacular 120-foot High Falls of the Pigeon River.
- Challenging trails with steep steps, but rewarding views.
- 34 small, private campsites amidst trees, no hookups.
- Offers coveted Lake Superior Waterfront campsites.
- Reservations for the same spot for the following year before leaving.
- Variety of campsites accommodating different camper sizes.
- Half-mile of shoreline with two accessible beaches.
Temperance River State Park
- Riverside trails along the impressive Temperance River Gorge.
- Upper Campground (39 sites) with electric hookups, and ample tree coverage between campsites.
- Lower Campground (18 sites) with no hookups, but a few have Lake Superior views.
Cascade River State Park
- Known for cascading waterfalls, including the Cascade Falls.
- 39 campsites, about half with electric hookups.
- Average-sized campsites with ample tree coverage.
Grand Marais Campground
- Largest campground with 300 campsites, some with Lakefront views.
- Close proximity to Downtown Grand Marais for shopping and dining.
- Closer campsites; varied tree coverage.
Judge C.R. Magney State Park
- Home to the famous Devil’s Kettle waterfall, a must-see.
- 39 campsites, average-sized, no hookups.
- Trail with 200 steps leading to the waterfall.
Tips for a Successful North Shore Camping Trip
- Plan Ahead
- Reservations open 120 days in advance; mark your calendar.
- Choose Off-Peak Times
- Weekdays or Sunday arrivals for a quieter experience.
- Morning Hikes
- Hit the trails early to beat the crowds and secure parking.
- Download Trail Maps
- Prepare for potential limited cell service with downloaded maps.
- Explore Multiple Campgrounds
- Experience the unique offerings of each park or campground.
- Visit Grand Portage State Park
- Explore Minnesota’s tallest waterfall, despite the lack of a campground.
By following these tips and choosing the right campground, you’re set for an unforgettable adventure on Minnesota’s North Shore.