Iron Lake is a unique campground due to its remote location and small size. It is in an area burned over in the 2007 Ham Lake fire, and visitors can see post fire ecology including uncommon black-backed woodpeckers. Please stay on trails and roads; burned areas have hazards and forest renewal can be fragile.
Fishing for walleye and northern is good. Blueberries are also abundant in the area.
There are lots of canoeing opportunities. If you enter the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, you will need to have a permit (self-issued for day use) and follow wilderness regulations including group size. See the back of the permit for details.
Portages from Iron Lake enter into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. If you plan to enter the BWCAW, 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 require additional half fee and must park on the spur. No vehicles may park on the grass or where they impede traffic.