AuTrain Lake is the largest inland lake in the area. It is an 830 acre lake with a maximum depth of 30 feet and an average depth of 12 feet The large size of this lake provides miles of prime water skiing, boating, swimming, and fishing. Canoeing is also popular here on AuTrain Lake and the AuTrain River below the lake. Link to Campground Map.
At a Glance
Open May 15 thru October 1
Site Fee $16 - Federal Recreation Passes (Golden/America the Beautiful) are accepted. Some of these sites are reservable. Reservations are made on the National Recreation Reservation System (NRRS). To check availability of the campsites or to make a reservation, call 877-444-6777 or go to www.recreation.gov
From the intersection of County Highway 3 and M-28 in Au Train drive south 4.2 miles on County Highway 3 to FR 2276. Turn left (east) and drive 0.7 mile to FR 2596. Turn left (north) and drive 1.4 miles to the campground.
Adjacent to the campground, the AuTrain Lake Day Use area features a small beach.
Camping & Cabins
This campground has 37 large, wooded, campsites with tables and fireplaces. Drinking water and toilets are conveniently spaced throughout the campground.
No. of Accessible sites
Lake and Pond Fishing
Au Train Lake is the largest inland lake in the area. It is an 830 acre lake with a maximum depth of 30 feet and an average depth of 12 feet The large size of this lake provides miles of prime water skiing, boating, swimming, and fishing. Canoeing is also popular here on Au Train Lake and the Au Train River below the lake.
The AuTrain Songbird Trail is a lovely 2 mile loop trail. Take the first campground loop to the right and you will find the trailhead near campsite #11. The trail winds through forest and field, along bog and lakeshore, and includes an observation platform on Au Train Lake's Buck Bay. The best time to hear the 'woodland concert' is in the morning when the birds are most active, but you can walk the trail any time of the day. You can rent a kit from the host which contains a field guide, a tape and tape player, and binoculars. The tape guides you along the trail and features twenty bird species. In the forested areas, you may see such birds as chickadees, cedar waxwings, and nuthatches. From atop the observation platform, near the trailhead, you may see ducks, shorebirds, and perhaps even an eagle or osprey.
There are tables, grills, toilets, and drinking water in the day use area. Enjoy this lovely area while you picnic, swim, boat, fish, or just relax.
Boating - Motorized
The boat launch is at the parking area. There is turning and parking space for vehicles with boat trailers. Boat rentals are available in AuTrain. A nearby boat launch on Lake Superior is located on AuTrain Bay.
Boating - Non-Motorized
The slow-moving, meandering AuTrain River offers an excellent four to six hour canoe trip. The trail begins at the Forest Service boat launch in the AuTrain Lake Campground and proceeds north approximately 10 miles to Lake Superior.
The AuTrain River was once a logging run to Lake Superior. Logging began along the river in 1861; Major logging occurred in the 1880's The largest logging drive took place in 1887 when 10 million feet of Pine logs were floated down the AuTrain.
Now, an absence of rapids and portages creates a quiet, relaxing outing. Numerous sloughs along the water course harbor a large variety of wildlife including ducks, songbirds, great blue herons, kingfishers, muskrats and turtles. Walleye, perch, suckers and bullheads inhabit the river year long. Steelhead make a spring run and salmon a fall run.
The sandy swimming beach is located at the day use area. Lifeguards are not present. Children should be accompanied in the water by an adult at all times.