Fall Lake Campground

Area Status: Open
Entrance to Fall Lake Campground.

The Fall Lake Campground is located on the shore of Fall Lake and is nestled among pine, aspen and fir trees that provide privacy screening between most campsites. Part of Fall Lake north of the campground lies within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) where permits are required. The rest of the lake to the southwest is open to unrestricted boating. 

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At a Glance

Current Conditions: Open with full amenities
Reservations: Some sites are reservable through Recreation.gov's Fall Lake Campground page
Fees: Single Site
  • $28/night
Group Site
  • $90/night or $110/night
Permit Info:  Part of Fall Lake north of the campground lies within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). Permits are required in the BWCAW. 
Restrictions: Maximum of 9 people per site. There is space for 1 vehicle and 1 towed vehicle (such as a boat trailer). Additional vehicles at the site require additional half fee and must park on the spur. No vehicles may park on the grass or where they impede traffic. ATVs not allowed.
Closest Towns: Ely, MN
Water: Electric powered faucets
Restroom: Flush toilets, showers
Operated By: Concessionaire, located in sites 11, 19, 31, and 64. Phone: 218-365-2963 (May – October)
Information Center: Kawishiwi Ranger District Email | Call | Address | Webpage

General Information


All shower buildings are accessible.


Fall Lake Campground is located about 6 miles east of Ely.

  • Go east on Highway 160 for 4.5 miles (Highway 169 becomes County Road 18).

  • Turn left on County Road 182 and continue for 1.5 miles.

General Notes:

This campground also has a swimming beach, playground, picnic area, canoe landing, store with canoe rental and firewood, and 1 ½ mile hiking trail to a viewing platform.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


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 64 campsites (most with electrical hookups)
No. of Accessible sites Many sites are accessible and all sites have accessible picnic tables. 

RV Camping

Most sites are pull-in and not specifically designed for RVs. Most can accommodate a moderately sized vehicle. Sites 10, 16 and 18 are drive-through. 

Group Camping

Group sites are located south of the campground on Fall Lake Road. Sites have cook shelters and docks. 

No. of Sites 2 group sites
Hookups - Electric Yes
Reservation required?: Y
Reservation info: Some sites and the pavilion are reservable through National Recreation Reservation Service's Fall Lake Campground page.  

Lake and Pond Fishing


Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized


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