Birch Lake Campground & Backcountry Sites

  

View of Birch Lake through trees.

The Birch Lake Campground is located on the shore of Birch Lake, a 21-mile long lake with 80 miles of shoreline and many beautiful islands. The site provides a remote, quiet atmosphere and is especially popular with people who enjoy fishing for walleye, northern pike, small mouth bass, bluegill and crappie. There are also 14 back country campsites scattered across Birch Lake (more information at bottom of page).

Downloadable information and map - Birch Lake Campground

Downloadable information and map - Birch Lake Back Country

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The campground gate is closed and will reopen in May 2015.
Reservations: Some sites are reservable through National Recreation Reservation Service's Birch Lake Campground page.  
Fees See Campground Fee Table.    
Restrictions: Maximum of 9 people per site. There is space for 1 vehicle and 1 towed vehicle (such as a boat trailer). Additional vehicles at the site require additional half fee and must park on the spur. No vehicles may park on the grass or where they impede traffic. ATVs not allowed.
Closest Towns: Ely, MN
Water: Solar powered well, hand-pump well
Restroom: Outhouse (Vault style)
Operated By: Concessionaire, host located in the North Loop at site #8, 218-235-1299
Information Center: Kawishiwi Ranger District, 218-365-7600

General Information

Directions:

Birch Lake Campground is located about 13 miles southeast of Ely.

  • Follow State Highway 1 for 8 miles.

  • Turn right on Forest Road 429 for 4 miles on gravel road to campground entrance.

  • Turn left and continue one mile to campground.

General Notes:

This campground has also has a boat launch. 


Recreation Map

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Activities


Camping & Cabins

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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 30 campsites
No. of Accessible sites Sites 1, 3 and 6 are accessible.

RV Camping

Sites are pull-in and not specifically designed for RVs. Most can accommodate a moderately sized vehicle.

Group Camping

Group site is located between the South and North Loops. Turn left towards the North Loop. Site has an outhouse (vault style), solar powered well, grassy opening and a trail to the lake. 

No. of Sites 1 group site
No. of Accessible sites 1 group site
Reservation info: Some sites and the pavilion are reservable through National Recreation Reservation Service's Birch Lake Campground page.   

Dispersed Camping

There are 14 backcountry campsites on Birch Lake.

Please use facilities provided such as fire rings, tent pads, and latrines. Pack out garbage. 

General Info:

Directions:

Birch Lake is 8 miles south of Ely and 1 mile northeast of Babbitt. Public access available through 4 boat ramps:

From Ely:

From Babbitt:

  • On the Country Club Road 407, off of County Road 70
  • Babbitt Public Beach off Country Road 623


Fishing

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Water Activities

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