Cascade River Rustic Campground


Cascade River Rustic Campground is a small camping area particularly suited to people who are planning to fish in the Cascade River or are looking for a remote place to camp.  There are not tables at the campsites, so be prepared to prepare and eat meals like you were backpacking.  Fishing requires a valid license from the Minnesota Dept of Natural Resources, and trout fishing requires an additional stamp.

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.  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: No drinking water available
Restroom: Outhouse (vault style)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Gunflint Ranger District  218-387-1750

General Information


From MN 61 at Lutsen:

  • Turn left on Co 4 (Caribou Trail) and drive approx. 15 miles to FR 170.
  • Turn right on FR 170 and drive 3.5 miles to FR 158.
  • Turn right on FR 158 and drive 2 miles.
  • Cascade River Rustic Campground is on the right.

From Grand Marais:

  • Drive Co 12 (Gunflint Trail) north to Co 8.
  • Turn left on Co 8 and drive approx 4.5 miles to a fork with Co 57.
  • Bear left at the fork onto Co 57 and drive approx. 5 miles to a T with FR 158.
  • Turn right on FR 158 and Cascade River Rustic Campground is on the left almost immediately.

General Notes:

There is no garbage pick up at Cascade River.  Plan to pack out all your garbage, including fish remains from cleaning fish.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


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 4

RV Camping

Sites are pull-in and not specifically designed for RVs.  Only one of the four sites is longer than 21 feet and may accommodate an RV.


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