County Recreation Sites

COVID-19  Until Further Notice

Due to MN Governor Executive Order 20-48:

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xiv. “all private and public campgrounds and dispersed camping sites must remain closed to recreational camping” until May 18, 2020. This includes Bass Lake Campground, Fairgrounds Park Campground and all Itasca County dispersed campsites.

https://mn.gov/covid19/assets/EO%2020-48%20Final_tcm1148-430504.pdf

The County Park System maintains 11 designated dispersed campsites located adjacent to public water accesses. The public may utilize these designated dispersed recreation sites for fishing, hunting, backpacking, and camping. Sites are limited to no more than two sleeping units per site.  Visitations are limited to fourteen days per site.

The Park System asks that all refuse and supplies be carried out. Most sites are provided with an outdoor BWCA type latrines and a fire grate.  Please leave the site in better shape than you found it. All of the dispersed recreation campsites are located at existing public access sites and are signed accordingly. Please do not block the access. If a public access does not have a dispersed recreation site sign then no camping or overnight stays are allowed. Following are a list of the sites and a brief description of the site. This is also available in PDF form (PDF).

Crooked Lake                        Sec. 30, T59N, R25W
Crooked Lake is located north off of County Road 49, 3 miles east of State Highway 38. Currently there are three sites located on the lake, with the first site being next to the access. Two additional sites are located further north on an old logging road. These two site are best suited for tent camping. The road into the access is very rough and travel is not recommended during wet conditions.

Erskine Lake             Sec 03, T61N, R24W
Erskine Lake is located off of State Highway 1, 12 miles east of Effie.This site offers one tenting site with parking at the public access. (Please do not block the turn around.) This is a designated trout lake. The road into the access is in fair to good condition after spring breakup. 

Island / Hay Lake        Sec. 32, T57N, R25W
Island Lake is located off of County Road 60, 2.5 miles east of State Highway 38. Currently this site has one site which can be used by a small to medium sized camper. The road into the access is in fair to good condition after spring breakup.
 
Kelly Lake                 Sec.22, T60N, R24W
Kelly Lake is located off of County Road 52, 7.5 miles north of Scenic Highway 7. Currently this site has one site which can be used by a medium to large sized camper. The road into the access is in fair to good condition after spring breakup.
 
Long Lake                  Sec. 23, T57N, R26W
Long Lake is located off of County Road 19, ¾ mile west of State Highway 38. This site offers one tenting site with parking at the public access. (Please do not block the turn around.) The road into the site is fair during dry conditions, travel is not recommended during wet conditions.
 
Little White Fish Lake          Sec, 05, T148N, R26W
Little White Fish Lake is located off of County Road 127, 3miles south of Wirt.This site offers one tenting site with parking at the public access. (Please do not block the turn around.) The road into the access is in fair to good condition after spring breakup.
 
Nickel Lake               Sec. 12, T59N, R25W
Nickel Lake is located off of County Road 45, 1.25 mile west of Scenic #7. This site offers one tenting site with parking at the public access. (Please do not block the turn around.) This is a designated trout lake. The road into the access is in fair to good condition after spring breakup.
 
Scooty Lake               Sec.19, T59N, R23W
Scooty Lake is located off of County Road 53, on the east side of the lake. Currently this site has one site which can be used by a medium to large sized camper. The road into the access is in fair to good condition after spring breakup.
 
Sherry Lake               Sec. 32, T60N, R22W
Sherry Lake is located off of State Hwy 65, 24 miles north of Nashwauk. This site offers one tenting site with parking at the public access. (Please do not block the turn around.) The road into the site is poor to fair during dry conditions, travel is not recommended during wet conditions.

Sucker Lake              Sec.03, T61N, R24W
Sucker Lake is located off of State Highway 1, 12 miles east of Effie.This site offers one tenting or small camper site at the public access. (Please do not block the turn around.) The road into the access is in fair to good condition after spring breakup.
 
Wolf Lake                  Sec.28, T59N, R23W
Wolf Lake is located 4.25 mile west of State Highway 65 on County Road 53, approximately 12.5 miles North of Nashwauk. This site offers three individual sites that are designed to handle small to medium sized campers. The County Road to the site is an all season road and the access road is in good condition after spring breakup.