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Hay Lake Basecamp Tent and Hammocks

· Ironton, Crow Wing, Minnesota
1 acre hosted by Leah J.
1 lodging site
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Private campsite on the quaint Hay Lake, near Crosby/Ironton, MN! Within minutes of the Cuyuna State Recreation Area and all it has to offer. This site is adjacent to the public lake access and features a large tent with two cots for an easy and comfortable trip. The tent accommodates 4 adults, or a family with up to four children (bring an air mattress!) Enjoy fishing and boating on Hay Lake off your private dock. Canoe is available for your use on the site. * The tent was replaced in Spring 2024 with a bell tent instead of the square wall tent. It makes it a little bit tighter for 4 adults.This sweet little half acre campsite sits right on the shore of Hay Lake, a 52 acre fishing lake just minutes from Crosby-Ironton. The site is adjacent to the public boat landing, so you can bring whatever boat you'd like. There is a private dock with a canoe and two kayaks for your use as well. The large tent easily sleeps four adults and includes two sleeping cots. It also includes basic cooking supplies and utensils. There is an outhouse on site as well. The hill overlooking the lake has several options for hammocks and provides a breathtaking view of the sunsets.
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18 ratings · 16 reviews
Cory L.
July 3, 2024
Hay Lake Basecamp Tent and Hammocks
Shoreline campsite on quiet lake
Spent two nights at the end of June over a weekend. The site was just as described. It’s private and the small lake experience is tranquil. There only appear to be a couple docks on the lake and taking in a sunset, alone, from the middle of the lake in the provided canoe was an awesome experience. If you don’t venture onto the water the campsite faces west so the sunset from there is also wonderful. Even though you’re next to the boat launch, the only traffic seems to be in the morning when the weekend fishermen show up, launch, fish, and then leave a few hours later. The rest of the time it’s very quiet. The site is surrounded by standing water and pretty dense vegetation which means lots of bugs but the owner provided several refillable Citronella candles which seemed to make a difference. A smoky fire also seemed to help when the breeze was coming off the lake but when it shifts and starts blowing the bugs from the woods to the campsite you need to be ready for it. There was an ample supply of firewood and a great fire pit with a couple folding chairs. I’d recommend bringing a bright flashlight to watch the frogs in the reeds at night. There is plenty of room for dogs to hang out without bothering the neighbors but there is a pretty mucky shoreline so if your dog is prone to wading or chasing frogs be sure to bring some extra towels.
Nicolette T.recommends
July 3, 2024
Hay Lake Basecamp Tent and Hammocks
The site was beautiful and had multiple seating areas. It also was fully stocked with firewood, kayaks, a canoe, and life jackets. Sadly we had to leave a night early due to a family emergency. Leah was very understanding! Would highly recommend, only downside was all the mosquitos, be prepared with bug spray
Alex A.recommends
June 16, 2024
Hay Lake Basecamp Tent and Hammocks
Secluded Magic
I just got home from an absolutely incredible, romantic experience at Hay Lake! 🥰 The lake itself was stunning. As we paddled around in the kayaks, we never saw a single other person. We did, however see a beaver, loons, and an eagle! It was nothing short of magical. Speaking of magic, listening to the frogs, loons, and crickets around the fire and throughout the night was breathtaking. 😌 The host, Leah, had fantastic communication and helped us feel very cared for leading up to our visit. I highly recommend staying here and I hope to be back myself someday! 😊
Lianna R.recommends
June 9, 2024
Hay Lake Basecamp Tent and Hammocks
Caning with loons and swans
We loved camping here. The campsite was nice and clean. Bathroom was surprisingly pleasant for an outhouse. Lots of wildlife but still close to surrounding town area to go out and grab something to eat. Swans and loons on the lake were an added bonus. We would stay again!
Tyler D.recommends
June 2, 2024
Hay Lake Basecamp Tent and Hammocks
Very friendly hosts. Campground was very quite and peaceful.
Cole C.recommends
August 27, 2023
Hay Lake Basecamp Tent and Hammocks
I love the tent camping on the land it was perfect. The views were great, it was beautiful. The kids loved it great time.
Ironton, Crow Wing, Minnesota, United StatesTraditional, ancestral territory of Anishinabewaki ᐊᓂᔑᓈᐯᐗᑭ, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, and Bdewakantuwan (Mdewakanton) First Nations according to To respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking

Hosted by Leah J.

Joined in April 2021
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