Fenske Lake Campground

Area Status: Closed
Campsite at the Fenske Lake Campground with natural steps descending to the tent area.

The Fenske Lake Campground is a small, remote campground with large, majestic pine trees. It is an ideal base camp from which to explore the area by fishing, hiking, sightseeing and back country canoeing. 

New beach access stairs and other enhancements to the campground made possible by Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) funds during 2022

Downloadable information and map.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: Closed until spring.
Reservations: Some sites are reservable through Recreation.gov's Fenske Lake Campground page.  
  • Single Site: $20/night
  • Group Site: $60/night
Restrictions: Maximum of 9 people per site. There is space for 1 vehicle and 1 towed vehicle (such as a boat trailer). Additional vehicles at the site require additional half fee and must park on the spur. No vehicles may park on the grass or where they impede traffic. ATVs not allowed.
Closest Towns: Ely, MN
Water: Solar Powered Well
Restroom: Outhouse (vault style)
Operated By: Concessionaire, host located next to fee station, 480-737-0417
Information Center: Kawishiwi Ranger District Email | Call | Address | Webpage

General Information


Fenske Lake Campground is located about 10 miles north of Ely.

  • From Ely go east on State Highway 169 for 1 mile.

  • Turn left onto County Road 88 for 2 miles.

  • Turn right on the Echo Trail (County Road 116) for 7 miles to the campground entrance on right. 

General Notes:

The campground also has a fishing pier, historic log pavilion, small picnic area, swimming beach, boat launch, and 1 mile hiking trail.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Campground Camping

  • Please use facilities provided such as fire rings, tent pads, and latrines.
  • Dispose of waste in containers provided.
  • Water faucets are for drinking water only, do not use as wash areas.
  • Noise limits enforced, respect your fellow campers. 
No. of Sites 15 campsites
No. of Accessible sites Site #14 is fully accessible.

RV Camping

Most sites will not accommodate large recreational vehicles and five sites are tent only.

Group Camping

Group site is situated away from the main campground and is perched high on a rock ledge overlooking Fenske Lake and offering a spectacular view. The paths down to the lake are narrow and rugged.

No. of Sites 1 group site
Reservation info: Group site is reservable through National Recreation Reservation Service's Fenske Lake Campground page.  

Lake and Pond Fishing

Group Picnicking

Boating - Motorized

Boating - Non-Motorized


Related Information

Recreation Areas

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