South Kawishiwi River Campground

  

Front entry door of log pavilion.

This campground offers a variety of opportunities for campers including fishing, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, boating, and bird watching. Sites sit well above the river. The historic log pavilion was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1933 and is available for rent (see below). 

Downloadable map and information.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: The campground gate is closed on October and will reopen in May 2015.
Reservations: Some sites and the pavilion are reservable through National Recreation Reservation Service's South Kawishiwi River page
Fees See Campground Fee Table.    
Permit Info: The river to the north of the campground is part of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Permits are required and motors are not allowed in this part of the BWCAW. 
Restrictions: Maximum of 9 people per site. There is space for 1 vehicle and 1 towed vehicle (such as a camper). Additional vehicles at the site require additional half fee and must park at site or overflow parking next to the pavilion. No ATVs allowed.
Closest Towns: Ely, MN
Water: Solar powered well, electric well, hand-pump well
Restroom: Outhouse (Vault style)
Operated By: Concessionaire, 218-235-1299, host site near pavilion
Information Center: Kawishiwi Ranger District, 218-365-7600

General Information

Directions:

South Kawishiwi Campground is located 10 miles south of Ely off of State Highway 1. 


General Notes:

This campground also has a picnic area, swimming beach, shallow boat landing, and a 1 mile hiking trail.  


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.  

General Info:

General Notes:

14 campsites have electricity


No. of Sites 31
No. of Accessible sites Campsites 2, 6 and 8 are accessible.

RV Camping

Sites are pull-in.. Most can accommodate a moderately sized vehicle. Spur lengths range from 35 ft long by 13 ft wide to 52 ft long by 14 ft wide.


Fishing

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Picnicking

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Water Activities

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