Clara Lake Rustic Campground


Clara Lake Rustic Campground is on the shore of Clara Lake in a stand of pines.  It is close to other lakes as well, so it is a great campground for a weekend of fishing, or just relaxing near the water.

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.  There is space for one vehicle and one towed vehicle (such as a boat trailer).  Additional vehicles on the site and must park on the spur.  No vehicles may park on the grass or where they impede traffic.
Closest Towns: Tofte
Water: No drinking water available
Restroom: Outhouse (vault style)
Operated By: Forest Service
Information Center: Tofte Ranger District  218-663-8060

General Information


From MN 61 just north of Lutsen:

  • Turn north on Co 4 (Caribou Trail) and drive about 8 miles to FR 340.
  • Turn left on FR 340 and drive 3.5 miles.
  • Clara Lake Campground is on the right down a 3/4 mile entrance road.

General Notes:

There is no garbage pick up at Clara Lake.  Plan to pack out all your garbage, including fish remains from cleaning fish.  There is a boat launch on Clara Lake.

Recreation Map

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Camping & Cabins

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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

Sites are pull-in and not specifically designed for RVs.  Only one of the three sites is longer than 21 feet and may accommodate an RV.


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Nature Viewing

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