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Trembling Gardens

90%
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· Rice Lake, Minnesota
10 acres
1 site
1 Tent
PRIMITIVE - HIKE IN CAMPSITE About the campsite: Camp Palustria is on the edge of a beautiful marsh within 75 feet of a trout stream. It is about 1000ft off of the Superior Hiking Trail. The campsite is primitive which includes fire pit with grill, table, and composting outhouse. The site is about a 600ft hike from the road where you'll park. The first 400ft of the trail is a swamp with a simple elevated boardwalk through most of it.  95% of the time is it passable with hiking boats or street shoes, but there might be some muddy spots. Dispersed winter camping is also available. This campsite was featured on NPR Marketplace Campsite is closed during hunting season. About the property: Trembling Gardens is my 10 acre swamp camp paradise in the rural suburb of Rice Lake. I am currently developing the land as a personal off-grid vacation home with a tent cabin under construction. The property is less than 20 minutes away from downtown Duluth and Canal Park “Oh the swamp is a mystical place all right. It's sacred. You think you're any different from me or your friends or this tree? If you listen hard enough, you can hear every living thing breathing together. You can feel everything growing. We're all living together, even if most folks don't act like it. We all have the same roots and we are all branches of the same tree. In the swamp, we see visions of people we've lost, people we loved, folks we think are gone. But the swamp tells us they're not. We're still connected to them. Time is an illusion and so is death.” -Avatar, The Last Airbender, Book Two: Earth, Chapter 4: The Swamp
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Rice Lake, Minnesota, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
Hosted by Blake R.Joined in March 2016
Response rate: 100%Response time: Within an hour
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31 ratings · 22 reviews
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Chelsea K.recommends
October 4, 2022
Camp Palustria
Great primitive site!
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Merlin P.recommends
September 18, 2022
Camp Palustria
Great property! The description as a primitive campsite is accurate. The walk in was dry when we arrived but a little rain on day 2 reminded us that Blake did say, "Bring boots." We visited at the end of the growing season and the path in could use a little TLC. Yet in a way it added to the private feel. We enjoyed our stay!
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Henry M.
September 5, 2022
Camp Palustria
Great price and spot for a quick getaway. Nice and secluded, fairly quiet. Bathroom could use some upkeep.
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Delila G.recommends
September 1, 2022
Camp Palustria
I loved the woods and the area! Thank you!
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Jack S.recommends
August 8, 2022
Camp Palustria
Got in at around 9 so it was very dark but we hiked our way in okay! Wouldn’t recommend to an inexperienced camper/glamper but overall we had a great night. Host had great instructions.
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Donald C.recommends
July 23, 2022
Camp Palustria
The great outdoors
The campsite is just off of a major road and it is wonderfully woodsy. The hike to the site only adds to the ambiance. Great site. Great host.
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Cameron H.recommends
June 12, 2022
Camp Palustria
Great property! The camp is very well set up. Nice trail in...the boardwalk made for a good little hike in and having the camp setback from the road makes it very private.
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Chelsea K.recommends
June 5, 2022
Camp Palustria
Great primitive site close to Duluth. We loved the adventure. Site was well marked and accessible. We will be back
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Moriah D.recommends
September 14, 2021
Camp Palustria
Great Spot But Overgrown/Rough
We enjoyed our weekend at Camp Palustria. It was easy to find and was the perfect size and location for us. There are only a few reasons we wouldn’t give it 5 stars. One was because it was very overgrown around the boardwalk area and there were a few spots at the end that had broken pallets. It looks like they may have just rotted away from the weather, but it made it very tricky to walk through. We also couldn’t find the creek due to overgrown grass. The camp spot itself was cleared out well but it was very difficult to find a spot for our square 4 person tent because of a small tree in the middle and a hole in the ground with rocks. But most of this was just a one time annoyance and didn’t ruin our trip.
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Leslie S.recommends
August 23, 2021
Camp Palustria
Adventure hike to Camp Palustria!
We loved this little spot. My bf and I are serious back country campers; we took off for an impulsive getaway and needed a place to camp on the fly. Blake's response was lightning fast! ⚡ It was an adventure to find the trail head (although not difficult if you follow Blake's directions) and the trail was a winding path through a beautiful wooded marsh. We even navigated ourselves back with headlamps after 10pm and a few drinks. Super fun and for those who don't mind an adventurous hike in spot. Thanks, Blake!
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Jason D.recommends
July 11, 2021
Camp Palustria
Nice, private spot in the woods. Good flat tent pad and I found decent trees for hammocking. Little bit of a hike in as described. The conditions were very dry on our stay, but you’ll have to watch your step along the boardwalk when it’s wet. Will definitely visit again.
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Abigail C.recommends
July 4, 2021
Camp Palustria
Amazing, secluded campsite
This campsite was beautiful! It was quiet and secluded. Blake was incredibly responsive and provided detailed descriptions of the campsite.
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Jordan L.recommends
June 27, 2021
Camp Palustria
Amazing site! My girlfriend and I stayed one night here and the walk back to the actual site isn’t bad at all. I would definitely recommend staying here.
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Riga M.recommends
May 3, 2021
Camp Palustria
The beginning of the trail to the campsite was a little difficult to find, but the directions Blake gave to us were very good. It was fun navigating to the site on the small board walk and, besides some road noise, it felt like we were out in the woods alone. A fun site!
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Boone Y.recommends
September 7, 2020
Camp Palustria
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Site was awesome! The boardwalk in was nice and the site space was more than I expected. Plenty of wood in the are to gather for a fire and very little bugs. Only issue was the compost toilet compost had gotten hard and the cup to scoop it out with had been crushed so it was difficult to get out of the bucket.
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Alexander M.recommends
September 5, 2020
Camp Palustria
Great campsite and great location. Exactly as described. Directions to camp were really useful.
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Brian Y.recommends
August 30, 2020
Camp Palustria
This campsite was very nice! A little hard to find along the road and a little tough to balance on the wood as you walk to it - but all in all, nice and secluded. Also, it's in a great location -- very close to Duluth, and just a little ways from the highway up the North Shore!
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Amy N.recommends
August 11, 2020
Camp Palustria
Very remote and private. Loved it!!
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Madelyn B.recommends
June 28, 2020
Camp Palustria
Cool little spot!
The walk to the site is for sure a bit strange the first time through, as you’re walking through a very slim path though the woods. However, once we got there the site was clear for a tent & the fire pit was great. Bugs weren’t bad with bug spray, and the site was remote & in a good area. It is next to a road so cars could be pretty loud, but that only happened a couple times during the night. Overall my friends & I felt like we got to do a mini portage & had a great time at Camp Palustria!
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Kayla C.
October 1, 2018
Camp Palustria
Campsite was good. Walking to the site was fine on the boardwalk. I didn't stay long enough to explore any trails that were nearby.
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Elena Y.recommends
September 4, 2018
Camp Palustria
The site is as described, including the boardwalk over the muddy sections. We got in an hour after dark and still didn't have trouble finding our way, so the directions Blake sends are definitely clear! Can't comment on most of the site since we came in late at night and left early the next morning. One thing to note is that we were coming in after a rain, and the trail to the site has tall grass growing next to it, so our pants got a pretty good soaking even though the ground wasn't muddy.
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Cody K.
August 21, 2017
Camp Palustria
The campsite is okay and is exactly as listed. However, we were not warned that the "hike" to the campsite consists of walking a quarter mile through mid-calf deep mud. So, bring some high boots if you decide to book. Also, be careful of bears...
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