Kawishiwi Lake is a lovely campground in a birch stand on the edge of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. It provides an excellent campsite for people entering or exiting the BWCAW via the Kawishiwi Lake Entry Point. The BWCAW boundary is the shore of the lake, so motors are not allowed on the lake and if you plan on putting a canoe in the water at all, you will need a day use permit available at a kiosk at the access point.
At a Glance
Winter camping is allowed, but roads will not be cleared, and water is not available.
This campground does not accept reservations.
There is no fee at rustic campgrounds.
All of Kawishiwi Lake is in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. If you plan on using the lake, you will be entering the BWCAW and you will need either a self issued day use permit available at the campground or an overnight permit (see BWCAW page).
Maximum of nine people per site. There is space for one vehicle and one towed vehicle (such as a boat trailer). Additional vehicles on the site must park on the spur. No vehicles may park on the grass or where they impede traffic.
No potable water available – lake water must be treated.
Please use facilities provided such as fire rings, tent pads, and latrines.
Pack out all waste, do not burn paper or other garbage.
Water from lakes must be treated, boiled, or filtered before use.
Noise limits enforced, respect your fellow campers.
No. of Sites
Sites are pull-in and not specifically designed for RVs; however, all five of the sites at Kawishiwi Lake are longer than 21 feet and may accommodate an RV.
Lake and Pond Fishing
Boating - Non-Motorized
Unlike many northcountry lakes with shores of rocks and boulders, the shore of Kawishiwi at the campground is a gradual slope which provides swimming opportunities. There is no designated swimming area or lifeguards, and swimming is at your own risk.