Wilson Lake Rustic Campground & Backcountry Sites

Wilson Lake Rustic Campground is on the shore of the lake and has a drive down boat ramp with a dock.  Nearby Little Wilson Lake also has a boat ramp, and there is a portage trail from Wilson to Sister Lake.  Wilson Lake Rustic Campground offers 4 sites accessible by car.  On the shore of the lake is an additional backcountry campsite accessible by boat, and there is another backcountry site on Little Wilson.  For information about backcountry campsites, click here.

At a Glance

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: 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 3 miles to FR 355 (Wilson Lake Access).
  • Turn right on FR 355.  Drive 0.5 miles to a fork in the road.
  • Veer right to Wilson Lake Rustic Campground, veer left to Little Wilson Lake boat launch.

General Notes:

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

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


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 4

RV Camping

Sites are pull-in and not specifically designed for RVs.  Three of the four sites are longer than 21 feet and may accommodate an RV.

Dispersed Camping

Access to the single backcountry site on Wilson Lake is a boat ramp in the campground.  Access to the single campsite on Little Wilson Lake is from the boat ramp on Little Wilson Lake.  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.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Ice Fishing

Viewing Scenery

Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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