Activities and Amenities
IRON LAKE, MN
part ofSuperior National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Closed through Sat Apr 26 2014 Season Dates
OverviewIron Lake Campground is located in a dense forest along the banks of Iron Lake in far northern Minnesota. The campground is unique due to its remoteness and small size. Fishing and canoeing are its biggest draws, as the lake provides access to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
The Ham Lake Fire passed through the campground in 2007. Visitors may be surprised at how the burned area is greening up. Soils and seedling trees are delicate. Some dead trees, which were left standing to provide habitat, may be hazardous. Use caution and stay out of closed areas.
Iron Lake is in a burn area, and visitors can see post-fire ecology including uncommon black-backed woodpeckers. Moose, bear, loons and other wildlife live in the area. Blueberries grow abundantly in the area and can be picked in mid to late summer.
Iron Lake provides many boating opportunities. The campground offers plenty of canoeing and fishing opportunities. Walleye and northern pike fishing are usually good. Canoes, kayaks and small boats must be carried down to access the lake.
This campground is small and simple. Sites are organized into one loop near the water. There are no electric hookups. Site 6 is a first-come, first-served site.
The BWCAW is by far the most popular nearby attraction. Over 1 million acres in size, the Boundary Waters extend nearly 150 miles along the United States-Canada border and contains over 1,200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and over 2,000 designated campsites.
Activities and Amenities
Know Before You Go
Iron Lake has portages into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. When portaging or paddling from this lake to another, check if you'll be entering the BWCAW; permits are required to enter. Click here for permit information.
Because of its potential to carry invasive insects, absolutely no firewood is allowed from outside Minnesota or from a non-certified vendor. Visitors are allowed to use and possess firewood from trees other than ash gathered within 100 miles of Chippewa or Superior National Forests. Click here to learn more.
Getting There:GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
From Grand Marais, Minnesota, take Gunflint Trail (County Road 12) 36 miles north, turn left on County Road 92 and travel 2 miles on a narrow gravel road to Iron Lake Campground.
Mailing Address:IRON LAKE
Phone Number:Project Office:(218)388-2212