McDougal Lake Campground

  

McDougal Lake Campground

McDougal Lake Campground provides easy access to a wide variety of recreational activities including hiking, boating, fishing, picnicking and swimming within the central part of Superior National Forest. 

Superior National Forest, located in northeastern Minnesota's arrowhead region, is comprised of three million acres. The forest spans 150 miles along the United States-Canada border. Visitors can find recreation opportunities year-round, including travel in the famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Natural Features:  The 323-acre McDougal Lake is surrounded by a thick forest of birch, maple and pine and sits at an elevation of 1,800 ft. The area is peaceful, rustic and begs for relaxation. One unique feature of the lake is the wild rice growing within it. Birds and wildlife frequent its shores.

Recreation: The campground offers a one-mile trail that loops along the shore and through the forest, providing a great pastime for families. Kids will also love the sandy swimming beach within the facility. A boat ramp and shoreline access provide anglers the opportunity for a leisurely afternoon of fishing for walleye and northern pike.

Facilities: This comfortable facility provides first come, first served campsites that are either drive-in sites suitable for RVs and trailers or hike-in sites for tent campers. Campsites are private and separated by woods. The facilities include water from a solar powered pump station and vault toilets.

Nearby Attractions: Numerous outdoor recreation opportunities lie within Superior National Forest's 77 lake access areas, 13 fishing piers, 10 swimming beaches and 22 picnic areas. The forest is also home to three scenic byways.

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campground is in non-fee status for the winter. No fee required, no potable water, no garbage pick up. Campground is not plowed, snow may limit access to outhouses.
Reservations: This campground does not accept reservations.  All campsites are first come, first served.
Fees See Campground Fee Table.
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 require additional half fee and must park on the spur.  No vehicles may park on the grass or where they impede traffic.
Closest Towns: Isabella
Water: Solar powered faucet
Restroom: Outhouse (vault style)
Operated By: Concessionaire
Information Center: Isabella Area (Tofte Ranger District) 218-323-7722

General Information

General Notes:

McDougal Lake Campground features a boat ramp with dock and parking for boat trailers.  A mile long loop hiking trail starts from the trailer parking lot and has benches overlooking the water.  Also at the boat landing area is a picnic ground and swimming beach.  The swimming area is unguarded and is not roped off - swim at your own risk.  Outhouses are located in the picnic area, but there are no changing rooms or bathhouses.

There are 5 long term sites at McDougal, allowing people to camp for longer than the 14 day maximum allowed on other sites.  Call the information center, or visit the reservation site for further details. 


Directions:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
47.6425, -91.53278
47°38'33"N, 91°31'58"W

McDougal Lake Campground is located on Forest Road 106, 10 miles west of Isabella, Minnesota. From MN-61, turn onto MN-1 at Illgen City and follow to Isabella. Proceed 10 miles west of Isabella to Forest Road 106. Turn left and continue a half-mile to the campground entrance.


Accessibility:

Accessible pit toilets


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

  • Please use facilities provided such as fire rings, tent pads, and latrines.
  • Dispose of waste in containers provided.
  • Water faucets are for drinking water only, do not use as wash areas.
  • Noise limits enforced, respect your fellow campers. 
No. of Sites 21
5 long term sites.

RV Camping

Sites are pull-in and not specifically designed for RVs. Most can accommodate a moderately sized vehicle, some may not be suitable for an RV.


Fishing

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Water Activities

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