Harriet Lake Rustic Campground

Area Status: Open
Harriet Lake Rustic Campground

Harriet Lake Rustic Campground is located at the site of an abandoned farm.  The open land now hosts a variety of coneflowers and other plants not common in a boreal forest.  It also provides opportunities for group picnicking.  The lake itself is accessed by a boat ramp and dock and supports walleye, northern pike, and crappies.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Opens May 10, 2024 and closes October 1, 2024. First come, first served only.
Reservations: First come, first served.
Fees: There is no fee at rustic campgrounds.
Open Season: May 10 - October 1
Restrictions: Maximum of nine people per site.  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.
Closest Towns: Tofte
Water: No potable water available – lake water must be treated.
Restroom: Outhouse (vault style)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Tofte Ranger District Email | Call | Address | Webpage

General Information

General Notes:

The large open area provides opportunities for group activities; however, it also means that campfires need to be kept within fire rings and well monitored.  Respect other users and keep group noise to a minimum.

There is no garbage pick up at Harriet Lake Rustic Campground.  Plan to pack out all your garbage, including fish remains from cleaning fish.


Harriet Lake can be reached in many ways.

  • From Tofte, take MN 61 south to FR 343 (Temperance River Rd) just south of the Temperance River.  Turn right on FR 343.
  • Go left at the T with FR 166 (the “600” Road).
  • Go right at the T with Co 7. Follow Co 7 through multiple turns, past the intersection with FR 172.
  • Harriet Lake is on the right.

From Isabella, take FR 172 off of MN 1.  

  • Follow FR 172 to Co 7.  Turn left on Co 7.  Harriet Lake is on the right.

From Finland, take Co 7 off of MN 1 all the way to Harriet Lake on the right.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

  • 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

RV Camping

Sites are pull-in and not specifically designed for RVs.  Four of the six sites are longer than 21 feet and may accommodate an RV.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Viewing Scenery

Group Picnicking

A large open area provides an opportunity for group picnicking; however, there are not picnic shelters and there are limited tables.

Boating - Motorized


There is no developed swimming area at Harriet Lake, though it is frequently used for swimming.  There is no lifeguard and swimming is at your own risk.

Related Information

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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