Beautiful, family friendly campground. Sites are small, but fairly private with brush and trees separating each site. Roads are gravel and narrow. A large rig may have trouble. Bathrooms with flush toilets and showers were relatively clean and well maintained. Because this is such a beautiful and popular destination area, there were many inexperienced campers who did not always know or follow campground etiquette. (Unsupervised small children wandered into our campsite several times.) The trails and lakes are beautiful. You can rent a canoe or boat, or hike many wonderful trails. We recommend the Norberg Lake hike (3miles) and, outside the park, the Kawishiwi River Falls (1 mile) hike. Both have beautiful scenery and are relatively easy hikes. The swimming beach is wonderful. The small town of Ely (pronounced e-lee) describes itself as the coolest small town in America. With all the unique shops, they may be right. Don't miss the Brandenburg gallery. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We camped here over the 4th of July but have been here before. Sites 51-73 now have electricity (25-50 are were already electric). However, sites 51-73 are pretty small and would probably only accommodate tents or pop-ups. Most sites offer decent privacy (I almost wish ours #47 had less because our view out of the site was almost completely blocked). We were able to pick blueberries and raspberries, fish, hunt for crayfish, and swim at the nice swim beach. Bathrooms are nice and water was warm and abundant. We rented a boat and electric motor easily and had a great time on the lake. There is so much to do here. Ely is still about 15 miles away. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We've camped at Bear Head 1 or 2 times a year for the last 3 or 4 years. They have a good selection of electric and non-electric sites; the sites on the non-electric loop are a bit larger and roomier. The shower/restroom facilities are very good. The lake is great for canoeing, boats are limited to 10 mph. There are plenty of hiking trails to explore. It's great relaxing and enjoying this lesser traveled state park. Ely and/or Tower is only about 20 minutes away to get your 'town' fix or if you need supplies. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We were disappointed when we drove through the campground as the majority of sites were quite small for a larger motorhome - just fine for tests or pop-ups though which is what most others were using. Sites were pretty wooded and the roads and sites had low hanging tree branches. Sites 51-57 look like they are along the lake front but many trees prevent a good view of the lake. Only electric loop is sites 25 - 50. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Very nice state park with lake access. Campground has some electric sites. Non electric sites seem a bit larger. Good space in between sites. Park offers boat rentals with electric motors. Good fishing lake. Dump station and water are available. Enough room for truck and 26 foot trailer. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Pretty, wooded sites with lots of amenities for a National Forest Service campground. Very nice bathrooms/showers, helpful folks at office. Many sites pretty tight for bigger rigs. Ok beach. Fall is a 'brown' lake (tinted by tannin in the water) with a very popular boat launch. Large, attractive group areas. Little or no TV service with antennae; Verizon broadband service mediocre at best. You are in the boonies here; stock up in Ely on the way out. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We stayed in site 17, a nice back-in site with satellite reception. Our 36' motorhome fit easily. Restrooms and showers were very clean and well maintained. Access for canoeing or kayaking on Fall Lake and into the Boundary Waters Canoe Wilderness was excellent. The trees and fall colors were very nice. Ely, Minnesota is only 10 minutes away for shopping, gas, and the only dump station in the area. Be sure and fill your water tank and have empty holding tanks if staying very long. We camped here in a Motorhome.
One of the best National Forest Service campgrounds in the country. We live full time in our 40 foot MH with 4 slides and we stay here twice a year . There are several sites big rigs will fit into , although it might take some work to get into them. There are huge pull thoughs as well as back ins. You are right next to the BWCA Wilderness. Its a nature lover's paradise. We camped here in a Motorhome.
We love this place! We stayed here for 8 days this year, only 4 days last year, and will definitely come back. Great sites, some with good lake access and view. This year we had site 52, and I think we were the only site with satellite reception as well as cell phone. The trade off is that we didn't have much shade for a good part of the afternoon. Nice staff, well kept grounds, with some mosquito control I'd give it a 10. As it is, we just did our own spraying and survived. We camped here in a Motorhome.
One of my favorite campgrounds! As mentioned, beautiful setting. Paved and level aprons. Sites for big rigs decrease with length, but if you are persistent, you will find something. Few pull-thru sites. Reservation for particular sites available thru Reserve America. Rest rooms are very clean and well serviced by staff. Good boat ramp and scenic lake with Loons. Very marginal cell service,(hill by water tower) if anyone interested. Nice beach and play-ground which is away from most of the campground. Very efficient-helpful staff. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
Beautiful lake and a lovely setting. However, we didn't find this campground to be that friendly to larger motorhomes. For pop-ups and tents it would be great. Many of the sites (which were lovely) were multi-layer where you'd park on one level then go up/down a hill/stairs to reach your picnic table/fire. Sites are generally separated from each other by woods. Sites were not very large - awnings/slides might have difficulty. Several sites had low-hanging tree branches that could cause larger rigs problems. We drove through, looked at available sites, and decided not to spend several days here. Overall "feel" of the campground was more like a private campground rather than a State Park. We camped here in a Motorhome.
Do not let the lack of 50 amp service or water or sewer connections fool you. This is a top notch campground that is among some of the best maintained and planned I have seen. There are several potable water spots throughout the campground and a spot to fill your tanks by the front office. We filled our 23 gallon tank and this more than surficed the 4 nights we were here. The campground was rated as one of the Top 100 in the nation in 2003 and that was before they did a 3 million dollar renovation of the grounds. The campground is located right on Fall Lake in northern Minnesota. There are sites for every type of camper. Pull-Throughs for big rigs and bigger fifth wheels, secluded back in sites for those with travel trailers, tent campers and fifth wheels. Lakeside sites, enclosed wooded sites and more. We literally could not see our neighbors and had more visits from chipmunks than we did from other campers. The roads are all paved and the bathrooms are absolutely immaculate. There are two groups sites that can be booked which have their own shared bathroom facility, secured entry from the rest of the campground, pavilions, private docks and two fire rings to each site. One on the lake and one up in your private group site. This place was well worth the 4 hour drive from Saint Paul and we have already booked sites for a return visit. If you are in to tenting in the wilderness, most of the tent sites can't even be seen from the road. This place is top notch and to make it even better, you have direct canoe access to the boundary waters and a boat launch for your other boats right in the campground area. Can't say enough good things about this place. We camped here in a Tent Trailer.
Moose Track Adventures is a Backcountry Outfitter that provides camping, guided trips, and outfitting for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. The campground has 4 spots: two lakeside and two lakeview. One lakeside site (#2) has 30 amp electric, all others have 20 amp. Park your rig facing the lake and leave your front window shades open. Enjoy the call of the loons as you sit by the fire enjoying an adult beverage. There are 6 cabins with accommodations for 6 people. The showerhouse (1 Male/1 Female) has no privacy once you're inside, so you need to lock the door which keeps others from using it. Hosts are GREAT. They have canoes/boats/everything you need for a wonderful time boating/fishing/backcountry adventuring. Kids activities are mostly waterborne: swimming, etc. This is a real find! We will definitely return. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a nice little resort on a beautiful lake. The sites were large, level, well shaded and right on the lake. The owners are friendly and helpful. The best part about this resort is the lake, it's nice and clean with a sandy bottom and is shallow a for long way out. My only complaint about the weekend would be the screaming kids in the cabin next door, but that's not the campground's fault. I will definitely stay here again! We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is a resort with 4 campsites and 6 cabins on Farm Lake in the heart of Ely. Sites 1 and 2 are lakefront sites, while sites 3 and 4 are more wooded. Shower house is older, but clean. This resort also offers boat/motor and canoe rental. Nice friendly owners in the second year owning the resort. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We had a great time camping at Silver Rapids campground for a week. We had a site on the lake. The staff are all friendly and helpful. The sites are a little close together, but the view was worth it. We had a wonderful time visiting the Bear and Wolf habitat and the small town of Ely. We definitely would recommend this campground to everyone. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.
We stayed here 3 nights. The first night we stayed at the non sewer sites which are on the lake and have a beautiful view. It is spoiled though by the constant noise from a highway that runs past the campsite. The sites are very narrow though and your awning practically touches the slide of the next camper. The sites are not very deep and with our 26' trailer there was little room to park our truck. Electrical hookup is 20 amp and has no breaker! There are two outhouses that smell terrible and have a couple full fly strips in them. There is a bath house which you have to cross the highway to get to. It has a flush toilet with a non locking stall door and decent showers. The towel dispenser went a day with no towels. There is no dump station. The next day we moved to a full hookup site. To get to it we had to drive up a rutted dirt road. The site was larger than the lakeside site and still had a lake view. The 30 amp hookup again had no breaker! From this site you can still hear the highway but it is not as bad. There is a game room with a pool table, a pinball machine and a couple antique video games. There is also a flush toilet that was plugged. The best thing we found was a huge sauna. We got no TV stations and while a wireless internet search found a signal for Silver Rapids they claimed they had no internet access when we asked for the security key. Not a big deal when you are looking to get away from it all. We decided to leave a day early and on our first day we asked to cancel our last day and they refused to refund our money. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
We drove by the entrance to this campground since no signs indicating where to go were provided. Went to the office and they said only the lake front sites were available with water and 20 amp electricity. Our 35' motorhome would not fit between their road and the shoreline without sticking out into the access road. We went back to the office and the owner said 45' motorhomes have parked here. I don't believe it! We drove to the end of the access area with a hard time turning around so that we could park at one of the two sites that would take up less of the road. Since we were the only motorhome there and one other tent trailer I guess space was OK. They have no dump station here so you have to go into Ely to dump. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This campground is old and the systems are a little tired. The new owners are doing a lot of updates over the winter. The restaurant and bar had good food and service. Boat docks are available for campground users. This is a very pretty area and the owners went out of their way to make my stay pleasant. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
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Reserved a week based on website and recommendation here - stayed one night. Sites are very narrow, dirt, and directly below a highway. The constant whirling of tires was depressing. The rest of the resort is across the road. We were told by the owner the week before the amenities would be available. When we got there, everything was closed for the winter. We had to keep the air on to drown out the highway noise to sleep. Although the lake is 3 feet from the picnic table, the view is of cabins across the bay. We camped here in a Motorhome.
The Lakeside spots are close to each other but it is the best view in the world and the
sound of the water splashing on the rocks 20 feet from you door steps makes it memorable. We camped here in a Travel Trailer.
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This is a nice CG with sites right on the water, rental boats,good fishing and the unique town of Ely just down the road. Lodge has a good restaurant on site, a small bar and very nice people. No sewer, but has dump station. I look forward to staying here again. Only drawback is sites are a little small, but view across lake makes up for the site size. Lake sites do not accommodate large RV (32' max), but sites on the hill behind the lodge will. We camped here in a Motorhome.
I drove our 36 footer with NO problems. Although the roads appear intimidating and are more narrow and curvy than I was accustomed, the turns are nicely wide and trees are trimmed of any heavy branches or anything that would mar our RV. Because I am not a confident backer, staff helped me back into our lot the first time. After that, I had no need! Even with double slide-outs, we had plenty of room for campfire, table, bikes, tiki-torches and kids. For this trip, I did not pull a car and drove the RV daily. Access to our site (#14) was not a problem. The staff was not just polite and professional, but friendly and personable as well. They were patient and helpful at the boat docks with the kids, not just "suck-uppy" to us adults. This is not a 'country club' resort, nor is that what we wanted. It is a GORGEOUS wooded campground with private lots. Owner and his staff do a wonderful job of making you feel welcome and 'served' without encroaching on your 'space'! We camped here in a Motorhome.
The web pages made this sound pretty nice, but we didn't find it to our expectation level. First the roads in the campground were in need of maintenance. I worried about taking our Class A on them. There are some tight turns and wash-outs to watch for (esp the corner between #12 & 13 - turn, back, turn, back, and turn was needed to get around it). The campsites were not real pleasing to us: most were small and packed tightly together. Some pull-throughs (like #18) had significant slopes. Owner was quite pleasant. Many pop-ups were doing just fine in the sites. Owner advised us not to take our rig into sites 1..6 as we would have trouble turning around so we didn't see those. We camped here in a Motorhome.
This is an older resort that has designated three places that RVs can be parked. Interior roads are narrow with tight turns and overhanging branches making navigation difficult. Sites are uneven grass areas with electric hook-ups. Water was available at our site but the staff was uncertain if it was potable or if we could hook-up to it. A fee based dump station is available in Ely, but not at the park. AT&T phone and data signals were good in the area but TV was unavailable via cable, satellite or over the air. The grounds are very neatly maintained with a pool, lakefront, playground, sauna and tennis courts. It was a quiet base from which to explore Ely. We camped here in a Fifth Wheel.