Birch Lake Campground and Camping

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About the Campground

Birch Lake Campground is located in the Kawishiwi Ranger District of the Superior National Forest approximately 13 miles outside of Ely in northern Minnesota and near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. It is an ideal place to relax while enjoying fishing and other recreational activities. The campground features 29 shaded campsites (each with a picnic table, fire grate, and tent pad), a boat landing, vault toilets and a hand pump for drinking water. Some campsites may be reserved, while others are for drop-in campers only. Birch Lake can accommodate large boats and has a MNDNR public water access ramp to facilitate launching. Birch Lake has no horsepower limitations in effect. Firewood is available for purchase, and with at least one day's notice, canoes can be rented for $20 per day. Birch Lake Campground is a National Forest Campground operated by the Ely Area Campground Concessionaires. This campground may be open through October, depending upon weather. The operating season starts May 5 and concludes September 30. For more information, please call 218-235-1299

Services & Amenities

Within Facility
  • Berry Picking
  • Biking
  • Bird Watching
  • Boat Launch Ramp
  • Boating
  • Canoe Rental
  • Canoeing
  • Fire Rings
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Garbage Service
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Interpretive Programs
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking
  • Photography
  • Picnic Tables
  • Recycling Center
  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Tent Pad
  • Vault Toilet
  • Water Drinking
  • Wildlife Viewing


Peak Season
Apr 28 2010 -
Sep 28 2010
Peak Season
Apr 01 2011 -
Oct 30 2011

Alerts and Important Information Reservations must be made at least 4 days in advance. The additional vehicle fee of $5 per night for a second vehicle is due on the first day of camping. If used, Golden Age and Golden Access passports must be shown on first day of camping. Customers may not leave camping equipment unattended for more than 24 hours. Off-road and all- terrain vehicles are not allowed to operate in the campground during the camping season, except by campground employees for maintenance activities.

Campground Contact Information

Open From: Jun 18 2010 to Dec 14 2010
Reservation Phone: 877-444-6777
Campground Reservations: Birch Lake
Campground Phone: 218-235-1299
Customer Service Phone:888-445-1474
Backcountry Permits Phone: 877-550-6777

Duluth, MN

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More About Birch Lake Campground

Birch Lake is a campground located in Duluth, Minnesota. This is a US Forest Service campground. All reservations can be made by calling 1-877-444-6777.

To find this campground check the map shown above, or enter -91.78361 latitude, and -91.78361 longitude into your GPS device.

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