Holiday
Highlights...
[x]
Find Sites





Find your spot

Find other facilities on map

For more information on Forest
Safety click here

 

FALL LAKE, MN

part ofSuperior National Forest, US Forest Service
Photo: FALL LAKE
Status: Closed through Thu Apr 30 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Fall Lake Campground is located on the shores of Fall Lake and provides direct access into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW). The campground opens in early May in time for walleye fishing season, making it a popular place for anglers. Others are drawn to Fall Lake for its birding, swimming, hiking and boating opportunities.

Superior National Forest, located in northeastern Minnesota's arrowhead region, is comprised of 3 million acres. The forest spans 150 miles along the United States-Canada border.

Natural Features:

The campground is nestled among majestic pine and abundant aspen and fir trees, providing the ultimate northwoods setting. Average summer temperatures are a pleasant 60-75 degrees. Birds and wildlife are abundant.

Recreation:

Part of Fall Lake lies within the BWCAW, while the rest of the lake is open to unrestricted boating, permits are required to enter the BWCAW. View recreation guides and maps of hiking trails and canoe routes in the national forest.

Kids love the campground's swimming beach, playground and picnic area. A 1.5 mile hiking trail is also a favorite pastime for families. Anglers can try their luck for smallmouth bass, walleye, northern pike, crappie, perch and bluegill.

Some campers might be interested in the unique opportunity to view the visitor center's display of replica artifacts found during archaeological digs within the campground and surrounding areas.

There's no shortage of popular local events to attend, including the City of Ely's July 4th fireworks, the Blueberry Festival (the last full weekend in July) and the Harvest Moon Festival-mid September.

Facilities:

This lake has some sites that can be reserved and some that are first-come, first-served. Many sites at Fall Lake are made to accommodate RVs including pull-through sites. Trees provide privacy between most campsites. The facility is very accessible.

A store, canoe rentals, firewood and ice are available at the facility, and a campground host is on-site during the season.

Nearby Attractions:

Guests may want to take a day trip to the Dorothy Molter Museum, International Wolf Center, North American Bear Center, Ely-Winton History Museum or Soudan Mine.

By far the most popular nearby attraction is the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Over one million acres in size, the Boundary Waters contain over 1,200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and over 2,000 designated campsites.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Picnic Areas
  • Accessible Pit Toilets
  • Accessible Sites
  • Accessible Swimming
  • Accessible Trails
  • Beach
  • Birding
  • Boating
  • Campfire Circles
  • Canoe Rentals
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Electric Hookups
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Grills
  • Group Camping
  • Group Cooking Facilities
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Hot Water
  • Ice Machine
  • Kayaking
  • Lake Access
  • Parking Area
  • Pets Allowed
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Showers
  • Swimming
  • Trash Collection
  • Waterfront Sites
  • Wildlife Viewing
Know Before You Go
  • Be aware: the northern portion of Fall Lake near the campground is within the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness where motorboat users are required to possess a valid wilderness permit and motor size is restricted to 25 horsepower or less; day use requires a self-issued permit; permit information
  • All reservable sites, except 26, 33 and 41 (tent-only) have electric hookups; sites 5, 10, 15, 16, 18 and 62 (RVs only) have 20, 30 and 50 amp service available
  • Maximum 2 vehicles per site; site fee includes one vehicle; $8 per night fee for second car paid at campground.
  • Click here for more information on Superior National Forest
  • Don't move firewood: To limit the spread of invasive tree-killing pests, firewood from outside the area is not permitted. Some states have quarantines and may confiscate your firewood. Please help protect our forests from invasive species by obtaining your firewood at or near your camping destination and burning it on-site. Visit dontmovefirewood.org for more information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
47.9525, -91.71639
47°57'9"N, 91°42'59"W

Fall Lake is located in Northeast MN, 100 miles North of Duluth MN. From Duluth, MN, take Highway 53 north for 50 miles to Virginia, MN. Take Highway 169 northeast for 50 miles to Ely, Minnesota, travel an addition 6.5 miles to County Road 182 (Fall Lake Road). Travel north on County Road 182 for 2 miles.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

FALL LAKE
SUPERIOR
ELY  MN  55731

Phone Number:

Information:  (218)365-2963
Recreation.gov helps you discover and book trips to all of America's public places.
Learn more about us, or about any of our agency partners below:
Bureau of Land Management Federal Highway Administration National Oceanic Atmosphere Administration Smithsonian Institution USDA Forest Service US Army Corps of Engineers US Fish and Wildlife Service National Park Service Bureau of Engraving and Printing Tennessee Valley Authority Bureau of Reclamation National Archives Records Administration

Agency Partners