McDougal Lake Campground


McDougal Lake Campground

McDougal Lake Campground provides easy access to a wide variety of recreational activities including hiking on a one mile trail, boating with a trailer boat launch, fishing, picnicking, and swimming.  You can camp at either drive-in sites suitable for RV’s or trailers, or hike-in sites for tenting.  Both types of sites have picnic tables and fire rings.  Water is available from a solar powered pump station, and sanitary facilities consist of vault toilets. 

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: This campground is in non-fee winter status. While open for use, water and garbage services are discontinued, snow will not be plowed, and outhouse supplies and access will not be maintained.
Reservations: Some sites are reservable through National Recreation Reservation Service.  
Fees See Campground Fee Table.
Restrictions: 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 require additional half fee and must park on the spur.  No vehicles may park on the grass or where they impede traffic.
Closest Towns: Isabella
Water: Solar powered faucet
Restroom: Outhouse (vault style)
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Isabella Area (Tofte Ranger District) 218-323-7722

General Information

General Notes:

McDougal Lake Campground features a boat ramp with dock and parking for boat trailers.  A mile long loop hiking trail starts from the trailer parking lot and has benches overlooking the water.  Also at the boat landing area is a picnic ground and swimming beach.  The swimming area is unguarded and is not roped off - swim at your own risk.  Outhouses are located in the picnic area, but there are no changing rooms or bathhouses.

There are 5 long term sites at McDougal, allowing people to camp for longer than the 14 day maximum allowed on other sites.  Call the information center, or visit the reservation site for further details. 


McDougal Lake Campground is located on Forest Road 106, 10 miles west of Isabella.

  • From MN 61, turn on MN 1 at Illgen City
  • Follow MN 1 to Isabella.
  • Proceed on MN 1 10 miles west of Isabella to Forest Road 106
  • Turn left on FR 106, continue one-half mile to campground entrance.

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Camping & Cabins

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RV Camping

Sites are pull-in and not specifically designed for RVs. Most can accommodate a moderately sized vehicle, some may not be suitable for an RV.

Campground Camping

  • Please use facilities provided such as fire rings, tent pads, and latrines.
  • Dispose of waste in containers provided.
  • Water faucets are for drinking water only, do not use as wash areas.
  • Noise limits enforced, respect your fellow campers. 
No. of Sites 21
5 long term sites.


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Water Activities

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