Crescent Lake Campground offers a variety of family camping experiences, including drive-in RV or tent sites, walk-in tent sites, group site, and a site accessible to those with mobility impairments. The campground winds along the shore of Crescent Lake, so most campsites are widely separated.
On the shore of the lake is an additional single backcountry campsite accessible by boat. For information about backcountry campsites, click here, and see the dispersed camping section below.
Fishing Crescent Lake for walleye, muskie, and northern is easy with a boat ramp and trailer storage area, a barrier-free fishing pier, and several boat storage areas for canoes. From Crescent Lake, it is possible to portage into several other lakes.
A quarter mile trail gives a short hiking opportunity through a forest thick with conifers and birch trees.
Downloadable information and map.
At a Glance
||Water system is shut down, and there is no garbage pick up. You can't make reservations, but camping is still allowed and there is no fee.
||Some sites are reservable through National Recreation Reservation Service.
||See Campground Fee Table.
||Maximum of nine people per site, including the backcountry site. At the campground, there is space for one vehicle and one towed vehicle (such as a boat trailer). Additional vehicles on the site require additional half fee and must park on the spur. No vehicles may park on the grass or where they impede traffic.
||Solar powered faucet at campground, no potable water at backcountry site - lakewater must be treated
||Outhouse (vault style) at campground, wilderness latrine at backcountry site
||Tofte Ranger District 218-663-8060
One accessible site and accessible barrier free fishing pier.
There is a accessible fishing pier at the campground.
Crescent Lake Campground is on Crescent Lake off of FR170 about 24 miles NNE of Tofte.
From Tofte, turn north on County 2 (Sawbill Trail) off of MN 61 just east of Tofte.
16 miles up the Sawbill Trail, turn right on FR170 at the stop sign.
Proceed 8 miles on FR170 to the Crescent Lake Campground entrance.
From Lutsen, take Co. 4 (Caribou Trail) to FR170 and turn left to the entrance.
There is a boat ramp with parking for trailers. Additionally, there is carry down boat access from some sites which front the water and a boat storage area for canoes and other small boats. A short trail offers easy walking. A campground host is on site 33 during the peak season.