South Kawishiwi River Campground

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

Front entry door of log pavilion.

This campground offers a variety of opportunities for campers including fishing, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, boating, and bird watching. Sites sit well above the river. The historic log pavilion was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1933 and is available for rent (see below). 

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campground is open. Nightly fee required.
Reservations: Some sites and the pavilion are reservable through National Recreation Reservation Service's South Kawishiwi River page
Fees See Campground Fee Table. | Pavilion is available to rent at $150/day
Permit Info: The river to the north of the campground is part of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Permits are required and motors are not allowed in this part of the BWCAW. 
Restrictions: Maximum of 9 people per site. There is space for 1 vehicle and 1 towed vehicle (such as a camper). Additional vehicles at the site require additional half fee and must park at site or overflow parking next to the pavilion. No ATVs allowed.
Closest Towns: Ely, MN
Water: Solar powered well, electric well, hand-pump well
Restroom: Outhouse (Vault style)
Operated By: Concessionaire, 218 365 2963, host site near pavilion
Information Center: Kawishiwi Ranger District, 218-365-7600

General Information

General Notes:

14 campsites have electricity


Ramp into building is accessible.

General Notes:

35 people fit comfortably within the rentable pavilion and more guests may be accommodated on the spacious lawn. Site also has an outdoor cooking area with large grill and 2 picnic tables.  Pavilion has electricity.


Space for 20 vehicles.


South Kawishiwi Campground is located 10 miles south of Ely off of State Highway 1. 

General Notes:

This campground also has a picnic area, swimming beach, shallow boat landing, and a 1 mile hiking trail.  


Pavilion is located within campground.

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