Hogback Lake Rustic Campground & Backcountry Sites
Area Status: Open
The Hogback Lake Area has a rustic campground with 3 sites, a 5 mile trail system passing 6 lakes with several different loops, and 5 backcountry campsites along the trail. There is also a boat launch and an accessible fishing pier.
For a map of the Hogback Lake Area and driving instructions, click here.
At a Glance
This campground does not accept reservations.
There is no fee at rustic campgrounds.
Maximum of nine people per site at both campground and backcountry sites. At the campground, there is space for one vehicle and one towed vehicle (such as a boat trailer). Additional vehicles on the site must park on the spur. No vehicles may park on the grass or where they impede traffic.
No potable water available – lake water must be treated.
Outhouse (vault style) at campground, wilderness latrines at backcountry sites
Please use facilities provided such as fire rings, tent pads, and latrines.
Pack out all waste, do not burn paper or other garbage.
Water from lakes must be treated, boiled, or filtered before use.
Noise limits enforced, respect your fellow campers.
No. of Sites
Sites are pull-in and not specifically designed for RVs. Three of three sites are longer than 21 feet and may accommodate an RV.
Access to the 5 backcountry sites in the Hogback Lake area varies. One is directly on Hogback Lake and is accessible by boat from the boat launch, and two more are accessible by canoe from Hogback Lake by portaging to adjacent lakes. The remaining two are only accessible by foot via a hiking trail. The hiking trail can also be used to access all the sites. Please do not use or create additional non-designated campsites. Use a Forest Map to locate campsites and accesses. (You can purchase a map on line or at any of the District offices or by mail.) For information on backcountry campsites, see the Dispersed Camping page.
A few reminders: Use areas provided for tents and fires, hang food packs, put your fire out each time you leave your campsite, treat or boil all water, wash yourself and dishes at least 150ft from any body of water, pack out all garbage and Leave No Trace.
Lake and Pond Fishing
Three of the lakes accessed by the Hogback Trail System are designated trout lakes stocked with rainbow trout. People fishing must have a trout stamp in addition to their fishing license.
An accessible fishing pier is located on Hogback Lake near the campground.
A six mile trail system provides several loops and access to five lakes. The trail runs along a narrow hogback ridge which offers scenic views over the lakes. One portion of the trail connects to a separate trailhead if you want to avoid retracing your steps.
The six mile Hogback Lake Trail System with established backcountry campsites provides the chance for short duration backpacking adventures. It is ideal for families and groups just starting to backpack, or for people who want be away from it all, but not too far away. Backpackers should use only developed campsites, and make optional plans if the sites are occupied.
Boating - Motorized
A boat ramp on Hogback Lake provides easy access for motorboats. Canal Lake is connected to Hogback by a small channel which is passable in high water, and is short enough to paddle across with your motor up in lower water. The passage between Canal and Scarp is not navigable.
Boating - Non-Motorized
The lakes in the Hogback area are perfect for lazy paddling and exploring. On a day when winds might make a big lake a challenge, these small jewels make an excellent choice. There are not maintained portages between lakes, but the connections between Hogback, Canal, and Scarp are either navigable or portageable most of the time.