Best Camping in Northern Minnesota is on The Range

Minnesota’s Iron Range, from Hibbing in the west to Hoyt Lakes in the east, is dotted with amazing municipal campgrounds. Find some of the best campgrounds in Minnesota right here! Quiet, well-staffed and offering easy access to trails, amenities and more, the campgrounds of the Range are worth checking out this summer.

Fisherman’s Point

In Hoyt Lakes, Fisherman’s Point Campground on Whitewater Lake is everything you want in a campground. Situated on a wooded peninsula with 93 sites, this campground is secluded and peaceful. Swimming beach, multiple fishing piers and boat launches make this a great place to camp. On the edge of the Superior National Forest, Fisherman’s Point is only 11 miles from Giants Ridge.

Vermilion Trail

This campground in Biwabik is situated at the gateway to Giants Ridge on Embarrass Lake. With direct access to both the Mesabi Trail, the community, and ATV trails, Vermilion Trail is scenic and nicely positioned. Ride into town for pizza at Vi’s or explore trails in both directions or hang out at the campgrounds and enjoy the swimming beach, fishing pier and boat launch.

Sherwood Forest

Overlooking Lake Ore-Be-Gone, famed for it’s excellent scuba diving, Sherwood Forest Campground is a favorite among cyclists and ATVers because it’s right on both trails. A swimming beach, pavilion and picnic area at the lake, along with close proximity to Gilbert restaurants make this a super-convenient choice.

Veteran’s Park

In Fayal Township, Veteran’s Park Campground is located on Ely Lake, near the Eveleth Municipal Golf Course with Mesabi Trail access. This campground offers a swimming beach, playground, pavilion and picnic area. It’s only 19 miles from Giants Ridge, and 25 miles from Redhead.

West Two Rivers

This Mountain Iron campground is situated 13 miles from Redhead and 27 miles from Giants Ridge. A great family campground, West Two Rivers has a playground, disc golf, swimming beach, pavilion, basketball court and ballfield, plus several fishing docks and boat launch. With many inlets it’s a great lake for kayaking or canoeing.

Stubler Beach Campground

Stubler Beach campground in Buhl is the region’s most rustic campground, and also one of the prettiest. Overlooking a small mine pit lake, and situated along the Mesabi Trail, Stubler Beach Campground is perfect for tent camping. A beach, docks and nearby disc golf course and even another mine lake, make this little campground a quiet respite. Walking distance to bar/restaurant in Buhl.

Iron Trail Campground

With sites that are walkable to Chisholm shopping and dining, the Iron Trail Campground does not sit on a lake, but it is the only year-round campground in the region. Around the corner from the Minnesota Museum of Mining and about 1 mile away from Redhead Mountain Bike Park, this campground is also mere seconds from ATV trails.

BONUS: West 40 RV Park and Campground

This privately-owned campground in Gilbert has been transformed with additional sites, including wooded tent sites, and a campground store. Host site of LGBTQ-friendly events, West 40 RV Park and Campground is also a favorite of off-highway enthusiasts because of its proximity to the Off-Highway Vehicle Recreation Area and regional trails.

For more information on some of the best campgrounds in Minnesota and to learn more about things to see and do on the Iron Range, visit Discover the Range.