Windy Lake Rustic Campground & Backcountry Sites

  

Windy Lake is an easily accessed, but remote, lake near several other lakes which all provide camping and fishing opportunities.  Windy Lake Rustic Campground offers 1 site accessible by car.  On the shore of the lake are an additional 3 backcountry campsites accessible by boat.  For information about backcountry campsites, click here.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campground is not plowed; snow may limit access to outhouses
Reservations: This campground does not accept reservations.
Fees There is no fee at rustic campgrounds.
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

Directions:

From Tofte on MN 61:

  • At Temperance River State Park, just south of the river, take FR 343 (Temperance River Rd) inland.
  • Drive 4.5 miles to a T intersection with FR 166 (The '600' Road).
  • Turn left on FR 166 and drive 5 miles to Co 7.  
  • Turn right on Co 7 then follow Co 7 through several intersections about 9 miles to the intersection with FR 369 (Sawbill Landing Rd).  While FR 369 goes straight, you will follow Co 7 to the right.  At this point, Co 7 acquires the name Windy Lake Road.
  • Stay on Co 7 about 3 more miles to Windy Lake Rustic Campground down a short access road to the right.  

General Notes:

Windy Lake Rustic Campground has a boat launch with dock and overnight parking for those using the backcountry sites.  There is an unmaintained trail from Windy Lake to Co 7, connected to a portage from Co 7 to T Lake.  From T Lake, there is a 300 yard portage to Silver Island Lake.  There are campsites both at T Lake and Silver Island Lake.

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


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