Hogback Lake Rustic Campground & Backcountry Sites

  

The Hogback Lake Area has a rustic campground with 3 sites, a 5 mile trail system passing 6 lakes with several different loops, and 5 backcountry campsites along the trail.  There is also a boat launch and an accessible fishing pier.  

For a map of the Hogback Lake Area and driving instructions, click here.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Campground is not plowed; snow may limit access to outhouses
Reservations: This campground does not accept reservations.
Fees There is no fee at rustic campgrounds.
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: Isabella
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: Isabella Area (Tofte Ranger District) (area is unavailable) 218-323-7722

General Information

Accessibility:

Barrier free accessible fishing pier at campground.


Directions:

From Tofte on MN 61:

  • At Temperance River State Park, just south of the river, take FR 343 (Temperance River Rd) inland.
  • Drive 4.5 miles to a T intersection with FR 166 (The '600' Road).
  • Turn left on FR 166 and drive 5 miles to Co 7.  Turn right on Co 7.
  • Drive approx 5 miles to FR 172 (Wanless Rd).  Turn left.

Hogback Lake is a very short distance from Co 7 on FR 172 on the left.  Access to the hiking trails and backcountry sites is also located off Co 7 before reaching FR 172 at a sign reading 'Steer Lake'.

Alternatively, get onto Co 7 at MN 1 in Finland.


General Notes:

There is no garbage pick up at Hogback Rustic Campground.  Plan to pack out all your garbage, including fish remains from cleaning fish.


Accessibility:

An accessible fishing pier is located on Hogback Lake near the campground.  


Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information

Activities


Camping & Cabins

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Fishing

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Hiking

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Day Hiking

A six mile trail system provides several loops and access to five lakes.  The trail runs along a narrow hogback ridge which offers scenic views over the lakes.  One portion of the trail connects to a separate trailhead if you want to avoid retracing your steps.

Backpacking

The six mile Hogback Lake Trail System with established backcountry campsites provides the chance for short duration backpacking adventures.  It is ideal for families and groups just starting to backpack, or for people who want be away from it all, but not too far away.  Backpackers should use only developed campsites, and make optional plans if the sites are occupied.


Water Activities

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