Whitefish Lake Rustic Campgd & Timber-Frear Area


Whitefish Lake Rustic Campground and the Timber-Frear Area includes a 3 site rustic campground and 11 backcountry campsites scattered on 5 lakes.  These lakes, along with four others, are interconnected with portages to form an excellent canoe route and camping experience outside of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  There is no boat launch for trailered boats at Whitefish Lake, carry down access only.

Four additional rustic campgrounds, on Toohey, Fourmile, Wilson, and Windy Lakes are nearby.

For a map of Whitefish Lake Rustic Campground and the Timber-Frear Area and more information in a printable format, click here.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campground is not plowed; snow may limit access to outhouses
Reservations: This rustic campground and backcountry sites do not accept reservations.
Fees There are no fees at rustic campgrounds or backcountry sites
Restrictions: Maximum of nine people per site at both campground and backcountry sites.  At the campground, 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) at campground, wilderness latrines at backcountry sites
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Tofte Ranger District 218-663-8060

General Information


From MN 61 northeast of Schroeder:

  • Between Schroeder and the entrance to Temperance River State Park, turn inland on FR 343 (Temperance River Rd.)
  • Drive 4 miles to a T intersection with FR 166 (The "600" Road).
  • Turn left, drive 1 mile to FR 346.
  • Turn right on FR 346.  Drive 5.5 miles to FR 170 (The Grade).
  • Turn left on FR 170.  Drive 2 miles to FR 348 (Whitefish Lake Access).
  • Turn right on FR 348.  Drive 4.5 miles to Whitefish Lake Rustic Campground.

General Notes:

There is no garbage pick up at Whitefish Rustic Campground or Timber-Frear backcountry sites.  Plan to pack out all your garbage, including fish remains from cleaning fish. 


Parking for people using the backcountry sites is at the carry down boat access at Whitefish Lake Rustic Campground.

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