Pfeiffer Lake Campground & Backcountry Sites


RV camping in the Pfieffer Lake Campground.

This campground is located on the north shore of Pfieffer Lake. It sites on sandy, rolling hills found north of the Laurentian Divide. Many sites offer great scenic views. There are 2 backcountry sites on Pfieffer Lake that are only accessible by water. 

Downloadable information and map.

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's Pfieffer 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: Cook, MN
Water: Solar Powered Well
Restroom: Outhouse (Vault style)
Operated By: USDA Forest Service, host located in site #7
Information Center: Laurentian Ranger District, 218-229-8800

General Information


From Virginia

  • Go north on Highway 53/169 for 4 miles.
  • Take Highway 169 north for 16 miles to the junction of 169 and Highway 1.
  • Go west (left) on Highway 1 for 5 miles and then south (left) on Forest Road 256 for 2 miles.

General Notes:

This campground also has a fishing deck, boat landing, playground area, picnic area, sandy beach, and short hiking trail. 

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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Dispersed Camping

There are 2 dispersed sites on Pfieffer Lake. Sites are accessible by boat or by foot. Use the boat launch or the hiking trail in the campground. 

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

Fees: None required.
Reservation info: First-come, first-served.

RV Camping

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

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 16 campsites


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Water Activities

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