Trail's End Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

This beautiful campground features bedrock outcrops among white and red pine.  The 2007 Ham Lake Fire bounced through the area, leaving some heavily burnt sites, now regenerating, and some untouched sites.  It is an excellent spot to see fire ecology in action.  Many campsites are hike-in, view or access water, or have steep drop-offs. Commercial services include canoe rental, outfitting, showers, and sales of groceries and gear, and a restaurant.   The campground provides access to entry points 54, 55, & K for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. There is long and short term parking for the BWCAW.  Day use and overnight BWCAW permits (if quotas allow) are available for those entering the BWCAW.

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At a Glance

Reservations: Some sites are reservable through National Recreation Reservation Service.
Fees See Campground Fee Table.
Permit Info: Portions of Seagull Lake extend into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  If you plan to enter the BWCAW, you will need either a self issued day use permit available at the campground or an overnight permit (see BWCAW page).
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 require additional half fee and must park on the spur.  No vehicles may park on the grass or where they impede traffic.
Closest Towns: Grand Marais
Water: Solar powered faucet, some sites have individual faucets.
Restroom: Outhouse (vault style)
Operated By: Concessionaire - 218-388-2212
Information Center: Gunflint Ranger District 218-387-1750.

General Information


Trail’s End Campground is about 57 miles northwest of Grand Marais at the end of Co. 12 (the Gunflint Trail). 

  • From MN 61 in Grand Marais, turn north on Co 12 (Gunflint Trail).
  • Follow Co. 12 for 57 miles to the end of the Trail!

General Notes:

This campground has both canoe and boat launches and a wide range of commercial services.  A short distance away, you will find trails and displays in the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center in the restored Chik-Wauk Lodge, and a sandy beach where you can swim at Blankenburg Landing (no life guards or roped off swim area - use at your own risk).

Black bears are common visitors to Trail's End Campground.

Be bear aware while camping.  Close and fasten campground waste containers.  Lock food securely in vehicles - bears have been known to break into pick-up toppers and RV screen doors.  Never burn food waste or packaging, and never store food in tents.

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