Baker Lake Rustic Campground


Baker Lake Rustic Campground is located in a stand of red pine on the shore of Baker Lake.  Unlike most other rustic campgrounds, there is a solar powered faucet for drinking water.  It is an excellent first or last night site for people who are using the Baker Lake Entry Point to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

At a Glance

Reservations: This campground does not accept reservations.
Fees There is no fee at rustic campgrounds.
Permit Info: Most of Baker Lake extends 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 must park on the spur.  No vehicles may park on the grass or where they impede traffic.
Closest Towns: Tofte or Grand Marais
Water: Solar powered faucet
Restroom: Outhouse (vault style)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Tofte Ranger District 218-663-8060

General Information


From Highway 61 in Tofte:

  • Turn left at Co 2 (Sawbill Trail), and drive approximately 16 miles to FR 170.
  • Turn right on FR 170, drive 6 miles.
  • Turn left on FR 1272 to Baker Lake Rustic Campground.  A turn off of 1272 slightly before the campground leads to an additional camping site away from the lake.


There is long term parking at the lake for people entering the Boundary Waters.

General Notes:

There is no garbage pickup at Baker Lake, plan to pack out all your garbage.  Access to Baker Lake is for non-motorized boats.  Day use permits for the Boundary Waters are available at an information kiosk at the access.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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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 5

RV Camping

Sites are pull-in and not specifically designed for RVs. Two of the five sites have spurs over 21 feet long and may accommodate an RV.  The road into the camping area dead ends without a turn around, you may want to assess the area before driving in with a large vehicle or trailer.


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