Rabideau CCC Camp


Area Status: 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: Call 218-835-4291 for tours
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

Activities

Day Hiking

Visitors can walk along the ¼ mile gravel road that loops through the Camp. Follow the self-guiding signs at each building. At the back of the loop, near the Recreation Hall,  there is a short ½ mile trail that leads to a CCC pine plantation.

Difficulty Level: Easy

Interpretive Areas

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, adn the U.S. Army, which commanded the camps. Enjoy a self-guided walk through the camp or hosts provide tours as well. Interpretive displays highlight the buildings and hisotry of the area and hosts are available to give tours. A picnic shelter is available and hiking trail winds through the camp area.
Difficulty Level: Easy

Picnicking

There is a beautiful log picnic shelter at Camp Rabideau, built by the CCC originally on East Seelye Point on Cut Foot Sioux Lake. The shelter was moved to Camp Rabideau in 1986. It's a wonderful spot to have lunch and imagine the CCC "boys" and daily life in camp.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities

Location

 
  Latitude : 
47.641

  Longitude : 
-94.549