Camping

Campgrounds are places of magic: camping restores our deep connections to nature and a campfire connects us with our Paleolithic ancestors in ways a PBS documentary never could. For a great vacation, go camping on Minnesota’s North Shore. In these pages you’ll find the best places to camp and fun things to do when you’re there. With choices from Jay Cooke State Park to the Gunflint Trail, from convenient campgrounds in town to wilderness campgrounds on the edge of the BWCA, find your perfect place in the North Shore area.


Camping the North Shore

A guide to the 23 best campgrounds in Minnesota's spectacular Lake Superior region

Find your perfect place in the woods as you're guided to the 23 best North Shore campgrounds, from Jay Cooke State Park to the Gunflint Trail.… read more


Posts from Camping

New Trail Center at Bear Head State Park
October 14, 2014 by Andrew Slade

New Trail Center at Bear Head State Park

Nestled in a forest near the beach on scenic and wild Bear Head Lake, the new building is bright and welcoming. Running water, an indoor fireplace and comfort are available before and after your adventures. … read more


The State Fair is on; special secret season for the North Shore
August 22, 2011 by Andrew Slade

The State Fair is on; special secret season for the North Shore

The Great Minnesota Get-Together is starting up this week. If you want S'Mores without the hassle of 1) camping, 2) campfires and 3) stick whittling, you could go to the Fair and patronize the "Real S'Mores" shack. They might even put it on a stick for you. But if you want another authentic Minnesota experience, head for the North Shore instead. As soon as the Fair starts, the summer crowds on the North Shore drop right off. Shhhhh...it's the special secret season! As of today, there are open campsites you can still reserve at every North Shore state park from Gooseberry … read more


Camping: Stuff White People Like
January 6, 2010 by Andrew Slade

Camping: Stuff White People Like

This is a great entry from the hilarious, tongue-in-cheek "Stuff White People Like" blog. Enjoy, and join the conversation in the comments!For example, "In theory camping should be a very inexpensive activity since you are literally sleeping on the ground. But as with everything in white culture, the more simple it appears the more expensive it actually is." … read more


Trail’s End Camping: Dine and Dash
June 8, 2009 by Andrew Slade

Trail’s End Camping: Dine and Dash

One of the hardest parts of the day when you're camping on the North Shore can be dinner time. I love company at meals, but I don't relish being the meal. Whether it's mosquitoes or blackflies, the bloodsuckers come out right about the time you want to be calmly preparing your campfire delicacies.So I've come to really appreciate a nice campground restaurant. You can dine at your leisure, even into the evening hours when just the hum of mosquitoes gets unbearable. Then you can dash back to your tent. Dine and dash, except in this case you pay the bill … read more


"You’ve got to have a table"
May 5, 2009 by Andrew Slade

"You’ve got to have a table"

When camping on the North Shore of Lake Superior, a table keeps your fresh spinach separate from your poison ivy, your root beer separate from the foamy rivers, and your toddler away from the snakes that are EVERYWHERE!I do sort of like the "cocktail" table though... … read more