Bass Lake Trail


The Bass Lake Trail has several loop options. The longest loop is about 6 miles, traveling all the loops would be much further. This trail offers beautiful overlooks, small waterfalls and varied terrain. Portions of the trail are rugged and steep, so wear sturdy footware and watch children carefully.

Downloadable information and map

At a Glance

Permit Info: None required. 
Closest Towns: Ely, MN
Water: Boil or filter water.
Restroom: None available at trailhead.
Operated By: USDA Forest Service
Information Center: Kawishiwi Ranger District, 218-365-7600

General Information


The Bass Lake Trail is located 6 miles north of Ely.

  • Follow Hwy 169 east of Ely to County Rd 88.
  • Take County Rd 88 north to County Rd 116 (Echo Trail).
  • Go north on the Echo Trail 2.6 miles to the Bass Lake parking lot, located on the north side of the road. 


Parking lot located on the north side of the road. 

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information



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Day Hiking


Camp only at designated sites or atleast 150 feet from hiking trails, lakes, streams, portages, or other campsites.

There are 3 backcountry campsites are available on this trail: 1 on Dry Lake and 2 on Bass Lake. Please use facilities provided such as fire ring, tent pad and latrine. Pack out garbage. 

Fees: None required.
Reservation info: First-come, first-served.