Divide Lake Campground & Backcountry Sites

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Divide Lake Campground

The Divide Lake Campground provides a northwoods camping experience in a small (only 3 sites) secluded campground located near many recreational opportunities.  A walk-down canoe launch provides access to Divide Lake and its stocked trout population while Divide Lake Trail provides a 2 mile hike with benches and scenic overlooks.  Other nearby lakes, a boat ramp, and a fishing pier give the camper even more chances to enjoy the outdoors.  Of particular interest is the fact that FR 172 in this area is on the Laurentian Divide with waters on the Divide Lake side flowing to Lake Superior and those on the Tanner Lake side flowing north to Hudson’s Bay.

Downloadable information and map.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campground and restrooms closed until further notice. Trails open. Dispersed camping allowed. Backcountry sites open.
Reservations: This campground does not accept reservations.
Fees See Campground Fee Table.
Restrictions: Maximum of nine people per site, including backcountry site.  At the campground, 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 at campground, no potable water at backcountry site - lakewater must be treated
Restroom: Outhouse (vault style) at campground, wilderness latrine at backcountry site
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Isabella Area (Tofte Ranger District) (area is unavailable)  218-323-7722

General Information


There is a barrier free accessible fishing pier at nearby Dumbell Lake


Barrier free fishing pier located on nearby Dumbell Lake.


Divide Lake Campground is located east of Isabella on Forest Road 172.

  • From MN 61 at Illgen City, turn north on MN 1.  Drive approximately 23 miles to Isabella.
  • At Isabella, MN 1 takes a sharp left.  Instead of following MN 1, turn right onto Forest Road 172.
  • Follow  FR 172 for 4 1/4 miles to Divide Lake.  The campground is on the right.

General Notes:

There is carry down boat access to Divide Lake, which features stocked trout fishing (trout stamp required on fishing license).  A two mile hiking trail around Divide Lake leads to more fishing spots and scenic overlooks.  Nearby Dumbell Lake has a boat ramp, picnic area, and a barrier free fishing pier.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Camping & Cabins

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Campground Camping

Recreation areas with activity 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 3

RV Camping

Recreation areas with activity 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.

Dispersed Camping

Recreation areas with activity Dispersed Camping:

Access to the single backcountry site on Divide Lake is from the carry down boat access in the campground.  Use a Forest Map to locate campsites and accesses. (You can purchase a map on line or at any of the District offices or by mail.)  For information on backcountry campsites, see the Dispersed Camping page.

Fees: None required.
Reservation info: First-come, first-served.
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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