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part ofSuperior National Forest, US Forest Service
Status: Open through Sun Oct 18 2015   Season Dates


Trail's End Campground is located next to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) in a remote area of Superior National Forest in northern Minnesota. It is a wonderful place to sit and enjoy life, or get out on the water to canoe and fish. Berry picking and wildlife viewing are also great fun.

Natural Features:

Trail's End sits along the Seagull River and provides access to Seagull, Gull and Saganaga Lakes. Numerous species of wildlife live in and around the campground, and blueberries grow abundantly on the forest floor.

White and red pine, aspen and birch trees grow in the forested parts of the facility, providing shade. The fire burned a mosaic pattern, reducing some areas to ash while leaving others untouched. Many trees survived and burned areas have begun to grow again.

This is a great opportunity to see a young forest rejuvenate after a fire. Post-fire soils and young trees are delicate, so caution should be taken while walking in the forest.


Trail's End includes four entry points (54, 55, J and K) into the BWCAW, offering plenty of boating, canoeing and fishing opportunities. Overnight, day use and boat motor permits are required for entry, and horsepower limits are in effect. Day use and overnight permits are available at the campground.

Wildlife viewing is exceptional for bald eagles, osprey, loons and moose, and fishing is good for walleye, northern pike, smallmouth bass and lake trout.

View recreation guides and maps of hiking trails and canoe routes in the national forest.


Many campsites are walk-to sites designated for tent camping only. Some have a view of or access to water, while other have steep drop-offs. Other campsites can accommodate equipment ranging in size from tents to 45-foot RVs. The campground is routinely patrolled by the County Sheriff and campground host.

Commercial services include canoe rentals, outfitting, showers, groceries and gear. Long and short term parking for the BWCAW is also available.

Nearby Attractions:

The nearby Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center is a great way to spend an afternoon with the family. Many nature trails crisscross the center's 50-acre grounds.

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 contain over 1,200 miles of canoe routes, 12 hiking trails and over 2,000 designated campsites.

Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness

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Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Vault Toilets
  • Berry Picking
  • Boat Ramp
  • Boating
  • Campfire Rings
  • Canoeing
  • Drinking Water
  • Firewood
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Host
  • Pay Phone
  • Showers
  • Tent Pads
  • Trash Collection
Know Before You Go
  • Additional fee collected on-site for second vehicle
  • No off-road vehicles allowed
  • Be bear aware; keep all food out of sight in approved containers or locked inside a hard-sided vehicle
  • Click here to learn more about Superior National Forest
    Seagull and Gull Lakes access the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness; permits are required to enter; Click here for permit information.
  • 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):
48.16028, -90.89361
48°9'37"N, 90°53'37"W

From Grand Marais, Minnesota, take Gunflint Trail (County Road 12) 57 miles north. Gunflint Trail ends at Trail's End Campground.

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Phone Number:

Project Office: (218)388-2212
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