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part ofMississippi River Headwaters - Leech Lake, US Army Corps of Engineers
Status: Open through Sat Oct 31 2015   Season Dates


Leech Lake Recreation Area is located in the heart of the Chippewa National Forest in Federal Dam, Minnesota.

The area is best known for its fishing and boat access to Portage Bay on Leech Lake, a famous perch, walleye and musky fishery.

Natural Features:

Leech Lake has 316 miles of shoreline and encompasses 14 natural lakes. A mixed forest of elm, ash, maple, basswood, birch, aspen and pine covers the area.

Wildlife is abundant around the lake, where campers commonly hear the tell-tale call of loons out on the water.


Boating, canoeing and fishing are very popular activities. Anglers will find walleye, perch, bass, northern pike and musky, where every cast has the potential to yield a trophy.

Miles of scenic hiking trails meander around Leech Lake, including the Soo Line, Heartland and North Country National Scenic Trails.


This campground offers 73 wooded sites with electric hookups, including five sites with full hookups. Additional, there are four primitive walk-to tent sites. A group day-use picnic shelter with electric is available, as well as two mini picnic shelters.

Amenities include flush toilets, showers, drinking water, laundry facilities, a dump station and overnight boat mooring.

Campers enjoy the park's basketball, volleyball, badminton and shuffleboard courts, as well as the horseshoe pits. Younger campers love the playground areas. Also available at the water's edge are boat ramps and a marina.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Flush Toilets
  • Accessible Showers
  • Accessible Sites
  • Badminton
  • Basketball Courts
  • Boat Dock
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Drinking Water
  • Dump Station
  • Educational Programs
  • Electric Hookups
  • Firewood
  • Fish Cleaning Stations
  • Fishing
  • Flush Toilets
  • Hiking
  • Horseshoe Pit
  • Host
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Marina
  • Parking Area
  • Pay Phone
  • Picnic Area
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Playground
  • Ranger Station
  • Recycling
  • Showers
  • Shuffle Board
  • Vault Toilets
  • Volleyball Courts
  • Water
Know Before You Go
  • Registration hours are from 9-11 a.m., 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m.

Firewood Alert! Only firewood certified or approved by a state or federal natural resource agency is permitted. Any unauthorized firewood in the campground may be removed and destroyed by Corps of Engineers staff. Certified firewood is available for purchase near this facility. Call 218-654-3145 for more information.
  • Don't Move Firewood: Protect your forests from tree-killing pests by buying your firewood locally and burning it on-site. Visit Dontmovefirewood.org for further information.

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
47.24472, -94.23083
47°14'41"N, 94°13'51"W

From Grand Rapids, Minnesota, take Highway 2 west for 33 miles to Bena. Turn south onto County Road 8 and proceed 8 miles to Federal Dam.

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Information:  (218)654-3145
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