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Welcome to the North Shore MN Blog

We’re thrilled to have you along for this virtual trip along the spectacular shores of Lake Superior. Whether you’re a local, a seasoned traveler, or making your first trip up the shore, these blogs are your gateway to exploring the wonders of Minnesota’s North Shore.

Through the articles, we will share insider tips to help you make the most of your vacation. The information here is broad-based, like “How To Choose the Perfect North Shore Resort.’ Whereas if you’re looking for a list of North Shore Lodging, use the navigation at the top of the page.

Topics cover outdoor adventures, the region’s natural beauty, the charm of the shore’s communities, seasonal highlights and overall travel tips. We’ll uncover the history, events and cultural experiences that make these places special. Blogs are added intermittently and will cover a variety of topics, so stop back often!

The most current blog is always listed first with links to past blogs below. Read and discover tips to make your North Shore visit unforgettable.

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Tips for Finding the Best North Shore Campgrounds

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Love the outdoors? Love the North Shore of Minnesota? With its its captivating shoreline, miles of forests, and stunning vistas, North Shore camping is like no other. But with so many campgrounds to choose from, how do you find the perfect spot to pitch your tent or park your RV? Let us help. Whether you’re looking for a basecamp to explore the shore, opportunities to hike, fish, kayak, or simply sit around a campfire and stargaze, there is a North Shore Campground for you.

Types of North Shore Campgrounds

The North Shore offers five different types of campgrounds. Each type generally offers specific amenities and location. You will want to consider all of these to choose the best campground for you.

Municipal Campgrounds – located in Two Harbors and Grand Marais; these city campgrounds are on Lake Superior, walkable to to local shops, attractions and restaurants, and have full hook-ups for RVS plus tent sites. Amenities include running water, flush toilets, electricity, and shower houses.

Private Campgrounds & a Glampground – of the 9 private campgrounds, 6 are associated with lodges on the Gunflint Trail and are located on inland lakes; the other 3 are along Scenic Hwy 61, at Lax Lake and along Lake Superior in Schroeder. Private campground amenities vary. The glampground – year-round walled tents in the woods with comfy beds and all the basics -is in Beaver Bay, halfway up the shore, with a bathhouse and access to nearby lodge amenities.

State Park Campground – 7 of the 8 North Shore State Parks have campgrounds. From rustic hike-in camping at Crosby-Manitou to full amenity RV sites at Split Rock, state park campgrounds are tidy, with sites in the woods, on rivers and offer kayak sites on Lake Superior. Some have shower houses, others have vault toilets. All have great access to hiking trails, visitor centers, Lake Superior (not Crosby-Manitou) and park amenities.

State Forest Campground – set mid-Shore, these three inland campgrounds are rustic; they have garbage, drinking water, vault toilets, and fire rings. Two are on rivers and one is on a lake. If you’re looking for a quiet stay away from it all, thees campgrounds are for you.

Superior National Forest Campground – these federal campgrounds have sites on or near lakes, ideal for boaters, kayakers, canoers and fishermen. Of the 15 campgrounds, 1 is near Finland, 6 are near Tofte/Lutsen, 3 near Grand Marais and 5 off the Gunflint Trail. The campgrounds tend have widely spaced, wooded sites with limited RV access. Small campers and tents are ideal.

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Tips for Finding Your Favorite North Shore Campground

Here’s your checklist for choosing the best North Shore campground for you.

Campground Location – pick which of the 10 North Shore towns you want most want to explore, then choose if you want to be on Lake Superior or on an inland river or lake. Conside how close the campground is to your desired activities.

Campground Type / Amenities – what are your must haves for north shore camping? Do you need electrical hook-up, running water, hiking trails, boat access? Make your list!

Campground Size – Consider the size and layout of the campground. Are you looking for a cozy, intimate setting or a larger campground with more facilities and activities? Think about your comfort level and camping style when making your decision.

Plan Ahead – Be sure to make reservations well in advance, especially if you’re planning to visit during peak season. Popular campgrounds along the North Shore can fill up quickly, so don’t leave your camping fate to chance. Tip – visit other campgrounds on this trip so you can plan more North Shore camping.

Whether you’re seeking outdoor adventure or craving a peaceful retreat amid nature’s beauty, the North Shore has something to offer every camper. So pack your gear, hit the road, and prepare to create memories that will last a lifetime in this enchanting corner of Minnesota. Happy camping!

Bonus tip: Go on a waterfall tour! Whether rushing from rain, or ice covered from freezing nights, the North shore has spectacular waterfalls. Find a guide to North Shore waterfalls you can drive by, big falls, little falls and waterfalls near you.

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