Whitefish Lake Rustic Campgd & Timber-Frear Area

Area Status: Closed
This area is Closed

Whitefish Lake Rustic Campground and the Timber-Frear Area includes a 3 site rustic campground and 11 backcountry campsites scattered on 5 lakes.  These lakes, along with four others, are interconnected with portages to form an excellent canoe route and camping experience outside of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.  There is no boat launch for trailered boats at Whitefish Lake, carry down access only.

Four additional rustic campgrounds, on Toohey, Fourmile, Wilson, and Windy Lakes are nearby.

For a map of Whitefish Lake Rustic Campground and the Timber-Frear Area and more information in a printable format, click here.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed until further notice
Reservations: This rustic campground and backcountry sites do not accept reservations.
Fees There are no fees at rustic campgrounds or backcountry sites
Restrictions: Maximum of nine people per site at both campground and backcountry sites.  At the campground, 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
Water: No potable water available – lake water must be treated.
Restroom: Outhouse (vault style) at campground, wilderness latrines at backcountry sites
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Tofte Ranger District 218-663-8060

General Information


From MN 61 northeast of Schroeder:

  • Between Schroeder and the entrance to Temperance River State Park, turn inland on FR 343 (Temperance River Rd.)
  • Drive 4 miles to a T intersection with FR 166 (The "600" Road).
  • Turn left, drive 1 mile to FR 346.
  • Turn right on FR 346.  Drive 5.5 miles to FR 170 (The Grade).
  • Turn left on FR 170.  Drive 2 miles to FR 348 (Whitefish Lake Access).
  • Turn right on FR 348.  Drive 4.5 miles to Whitefish Lake Rustic Campground.

General Notes:

There is no garbage pick up at Whitefish Rustic Campground or Timber-Frear backcountry sites.  Plan to pack out all your garbage, including fish remains from cleaning fish. 


Parking for people using the backcountry sites is at the carry down boat access at Whitefish Lake Rustic Campground.

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.
  • 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 3

RV Camping

Recreation areas with activity RV Camping:

Sites are pull-in and not specifically designed for RVs.  Two of three sites are longer than 21 feet and may accommodate an RV.  The access road to the campground can be difficult to navigate in an oversized vehicle.

Dispersed Camping

Recreation areas with activity Dispersed Camping:

The Timber-Frear Area is a canoe route with 11 backcountry campsites and 9 lakes.  

Backcountry campsites are near-wilderness single-party sites and accessible only by canoe. These sites are first come, first served. There are 11 sites along this canoe route.  Three of the sites can be paddled to directly from the canoe access on Whitefish Lake, the remainder must be reached by portaging.   For locations of the sites, download the Timber-Frear Canoe Route guide.  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.