Rabideau CCC Camp

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Photo of Rabideau Camp

Camp Rabideau National Historic Landmark represents the best preserved of the Civilian Conservation Corps camps in the nation. Part of Franklin D. Roosevelt's mammoth "New Deal," Camp Rabideau was one of the 2,650 camps established across the country in 1935.  The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) gave more than a quarter of a million young men, many of them unemployed and just scraping by during the Great Depression... some skills, some money, some happy memories. Camps were run jointly by the U. S. Forest Service, which manage the camps today, and the U.S. Army, which commanded the camps. A picnic shelter is available and hiking trail winds through the camp area.

Prairie Public Television produced a documentary "Built To Last" on the CCC in Minnesota, featuring the Chippewa National Forest's
Camp Rabideau.

Informational Flyer

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Visitors can now visit and walk around the camp, although the gate will remain closed. The public can park in the area right near the CCC Rock wall entrance, very close to where they would normally park and walk around the gate.  There will be no tours this summer, but there are interpretive panels near the picnic shelter that tell the story. The bathrooms will not be open.
Fees None
Usage: Light-Medium
Closest Towns: Blackduck
Water: Not for Drinking
Restroom: Vault
Operated By: Operated by the Forest Service

General Information

Directions: The camp is located six miles south of Blackduck, Minnesota on County Road 39, The Lady Slipper Scenic Byway.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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