Elbow Lake (Tofte) Backcountry Campsites


Elbow Lake is part of the Timber-Frear Canoe Route.  It has four backcountry sites accessible from the lake which are accessed by paddling and portaging from the Whitefish Lake carry down access.

For full information on the canoe route, visit the Whitefish Lake Rustic Campground and Timber-Frear Area page.

At a Glance

Reservations: You can not reserve a backcountry campsite.
Fees There is no fee at backcountry campsites.
Restrictions: Maximum of nine people per site at backcountry sites.
Closest Towns: Tofte
Water: No potable water available – lake water must be treated.
Restroom: Wilderness latrine
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Tofte Ranger District 218-663-8060

General Information


Parking is at the Whitefish Lake Rustic Campground.


See the Whitefish Lake Rustic Campground and Timber - Frear Area page.

General Notes:

Be sure to pack out all your garbage, including fish remains from cleaning fish.


Camping & Cabins

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Dispersed Camping

This lake is a part of the Timber-Frear Canoe Route.  See the canoe route guide for a map of where the sites are located  You can access the 4 sites on this lake by a portage from either Finger Lake (via a carry down boat launch) or Whitefish Lake (via a carry down boat launch).

Usage: A few reminders:  Use areas provided for tents and fires, hang food packs, put your fire out each time you leave your campsite, treat or boil all water, wash yourself and dishes at least 150ft from any body of water, pack out all garbage and Leave No Trace.


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Nature Viewing

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Water Activities

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