Iron Lake Campground


Iron Lake Campground

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.


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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.
Permit Info: 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).
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: Grand Marais
Water: Solar powered faucet
Restroom: Outhouse (vault style)
Operated By: Concessionaire 218-388-2212
Information Center: Gunflint Ranger District 218-387-1750

General Information

General Notes:

There is a carry down boat access to Iron Lake.


Iron Lake Campground is about 38 miles northwest of Grand Marais off the Gunflint Trail

  • From MN 61 in Grand Marais, turn north on Co.12 (Gunflint Trail).
  • Follow Co. 12 for 36 miles to the westernend of Co.92 (Old Gunflint Trail).  Turn left.  Note: signs may be confusing at this intersection.  Check map.
  • Travel east on Co. 92 for 2 miles to the campground entrance on the right.

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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 7