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) 218-323-7722

General Information


Barrier free accessible fishing pier at campground.


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.


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

Recreation Map

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Boating - Motorized

A boat ramp on Hogback Lake provides easy access for motorboats.  Canal Lake is connected to Hogback by a small channel which is passable in high water, and is short enough to paddle across with your motor up in lower water.  The passage between Canal and Scarp is not navigable.

Boating - Non-Motorized

The lakes in the Hogback area are perfect for lazy paddling and exploring.  On a day when winds might make a big lake a challenge, these small jewels make an excellent choice.  There are not maintained portages between lakes, but the connections between Hogback, Canal, and Scarp are either navigable or portageable most of the time.