The best camping near Kabetogama State Forest

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16 Squared Cabin

2 sites · Lodging160 acres · Nett Lake, MN
Learn more about this land:"Glamp" on 160 acres of private property surrounded by pine forest, a field, and a pond. There are several miles of trails on the property that are perfect for hiking, biking, four wheeling and horseback riding! The trails also connect to several hundred miles of trail systems in the surrounding area. The cabin can be heated by the wood stove during the winter months, so it is a great place to stay for snowmobiling! Inside the cabin there are a wood stove, 2 sets of bunkbeds, a table and chairs, and a counter top with cupboards. Outside, there is an outhouse and a campfire area with a picnic table.
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Marko's grampa's cabin.

1 site · Lodging4 acres · Babbitt, MN
Our family has lived here on this property since Great Grandma Alma bought it in 1928. I am the fourth, raising the fifth generation of Carlson's living here. The log cabin was built by my grandfather, Oliver, in the 1950's and he lived there full time after he retired. The cabin is set apart from the two other homes on the property which is where our family lives full time. Birch Lake is over 6500 acres and stretches for 16 miles from our home to where HWY 1 passes over it. Most of the shoreline is federal and state land giving the lake a wild/undeveloped feel compared to more developed lakes in the area. It's known for producing walleye, northern pike, and crappie as well as other species of fish. SUMMER OF 2024 Update: The cabin will be under construction/improvement for this season. What this means is that only the main room will be available. We will be dismantling the back bedroom and old kitchen. This will impact your stay in terms of visible structural work to the cabin taking place but will not affect the main room or it's amenities. I will not be working on the cabin during any guest stays and will make sure the site is safe and clean for your stay with minimal indication work is going on. I'll make sure the main room of the cabin is clean and ready for your stay but the back bedroom will no longer be useable. The main room will still be bug free, dry, and have electricity. The grey couch is suitable for 1-2 people to sleep on, the beige couch pulls out a full/queen, and there is a cot for another. You may bring your own cot/sleeping pad or pitch a tent in the spacious and grassy lawn. Also note there is a new outhouse (the green one in pics). The old one is still pictured (hipcamp doesn't have a delete option) but not in use. Trust me, the new one is better. There is a small (12 foot) aluminum row boat and a pedalboat available for guests to use. What we provide: One room log cabin with guest only private beach. Electricity, outhouse, small kitchenette with limited utensils, fridge, small gas grille, microwave, toaster oven, hotplate, electric tea kettle, clean fitted sheets, and cot. What you'll need to bring: Sleeping bags/blankets, potable water or water treatment system, green propane cannister if you'd like to use the grille, charcoal if you'd like to use the larger grille, tp, etc. Please ask for more specifics. Can usually and am happy to accommodate.
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Cook's Country Connection

5 sites · RVs, Tents120 acres · Cook, MN
This land was homesteaded by my great grandparents in 1900 as part of the Homestead Act of 1862. After losing my store to fire in 2013, I took the leap, and decided to open the farm to the public. I have a menagerie of animals, many rescued or adopted, that love all the attention. My friends' kids love camping in the pasture with the animals and when I saw an ad for Hipcamp, I thought maybe others would want the experience, too!Learn more about this land:Yoga with goats meets camping with alpacas! We offer camping in the small animal pasture of our family petting farm.  (We also offer campsites away from the critters if your not too sure about sharing your space with livestock!). The options are limitless!
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Wooded camping in Babbitt MN

5 sites · RVs, Tents36 acres · Babbitt, MN
Visit our rustic property which provides multiple camp sites in a wood-lined area in our backyard. Sites are secluded away from our home. Sizable, maintained sites include a fire, some have picnic tables. The property is only a minute from popular ATV trail access and just minutes away from Lake access for fishing and boating. 15 mi. from Ely, MN, gateway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness RV ready. The sites do not include hook-ups/ electricity. Please note that we do not provide bathroom facilities at this time, visitors must provide. Please allow us to share our piece of beautiful Northern Minnesota with you.
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Iron Range Growers LLC

4 sites · RVs, Tents20 acres · Cook, MN
This charming hay field, next to the woods, offers a perfect spot for primitive camping. Placed off quiet gravel road. No sirens or crazy highway or train noise up here. located 15 minutes from Lake Vermilion and 5 minutes to Cook MN. Cook has bait, tackle, gas, grocery store, liquor store. The lush grass and wildflowers provide ample space for tents, while towering trees add dappled shade. Enjoy the tranquility, with the rustling leaves and birdsong enhancing the serene ambiance. This rustic retreat promises an unforgettable outdoor experience.
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Cabin O' Pines

2 sites · RVs, Tents25 acres · Orr, MN
Northern Minnesota Family Fishing Resort Enjoy all the best of Northern Minnesota at Cabin O Pines. Wake up every morning to hear the sounds of local wildlife, and sit down every night to warm up by the campfire. While staying at Cabin O’ Pines, enjoy fun beach activities, or rent one of our Cabin O’ Pines marine rentals and get out on the lake. Whatever the occasion, you are sure to have a memorable Northern Minnesota experience.
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Trailer On The Range

1 site · Lodging6 acres · Tower, MN
Getting the 1995 dutchman classic on the market for rent . It's a nice two bed one bath with a 10x4 slide out in the living room nice somewhat updated trailer I used to live in it for a year and a half, Fixing up the original house on the land a 1900 dovetail cabin. Got a fire pit ,grill ,walking trail and minutes from pike river also have a Canoe and boat I can drop at the landings. The camper is about 350ft from the house down a fire road through back yard/car lot , bunch of trees can't see the house from campsite has hot shower flushing rv toilet and 5 gal refillable drinking water dispenser single bed in back double in front and a couch in the living room if yah have more company there is a spot for tenting . It's a work in progress I'll update photos ,just wired it with 120v ac so it has microwave and mini fridge! The deck will be screened in and with a roof by mid summer. I'd guess the immediate camp site around rv is a acre or so then there's another 5 on the other side with a trail and sauna still being constructed lol. depending on rain level swamp dries up if too dry there will be a campfire ban.
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Hoodoo Valley Farm

3 sites · RVs98 acres · Tower, MN
Our farm was originally a homestead at the turn of the last century. We purchased 65 acres of the property with its original house completed in 1905. Later we purchased an additional 33 acres from the grandchildren of the original owners. We have lived here since 1984 and are raising the youngest of 12 adopted children. We also raise Shetland Sheep, chickens, guinea fowl, ducks and grow an acre garden. Our land is very diverse, borders a river and is bisected by a spring fed stream. We are two miles from a town of 500. We have several options for tent campers with varying degrees of isolation from our family life. If you have an rv and want to plug in, you will be close to our house or sauna and in the midst of our family life which includes children, grandchildren, dogs and cats. We are a farm, so there are farm animals in pens and pastures. Our plug ins include an adaptor but we do not have a dedicated 30 amp hook up, a permanent water hook up or a dump station. The plug ins available will run your air conditioner without a problem or a microwave, but not both at the same time. There is a hose available to fill your tank. If our sauna is hot you are welcome to take a sauna after our family bathes. The sauna is not lit every night and takes several hours to heat. Because of Covid 19 we do not allow campers in our house to use our kitchen or shower.Learn more about this land:We have 100 acres. A small part of it is a sustainable organic farm and 65 acres is wild land with great diversity. We have both a river and a creek that run through our land, a cedar swamp, giant white and Norway pine, a beaver dam, 2 miles of cross country running trails, a traditional Ojibwe longhouse, two meadows, a spring fed pond and miles of public trails bordering our property. We live 4 miles from Lake Vermilion State Park and 3 miles from a public beach on the same lake. An old railroad grade bisects our property and is a good hiking and mountain bike trail.
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Heitke Acres and Camping

3 sites · RVs, Tents80 acres · Leonidas, MN
We live on a beautiful 80 acre parcel of land in the Mesabi Iron Range. Our property is a mix of field, forest, swamp, and creek. We also have a beaver pond where numerous beavers, otters, and other animals have been seen. We regularly see wildlife from our window as well. Our property really is a great central location for multiple outdoor activities such as mountain biking, cross country skiing, downhill skiiing, snowshoeing, fishing, off roading, swimming beaches, and the Mesabi Trail. We are only 5 minutes south of Eveleth and about 10-15 minutes south of Virginia. If you want to have a day trip to Duluth, it is just under an hour! We have free range chickens, so you may hear a morning greeting from our rooster! Feel free to bring chicken treats for your kids and they can feed them all day long. If you camp in the spring, there is a good chance you might be able to cuddle some chicks. This spring we even had a couple of goslings! Come in June and you will be able to pick beautiful wildflower bouquets of buttercups, daisies, iris, and more! If you come in the middle of the summer, plan on bringing some berry buckets with you. You can pick wild raspberries and blueberries throughout the property. Wild raspberries are small, but packed with flavor. If you are really lucky, you might find a little patch of wild strawberries! Our woods are an excellent place to forage for wild, edible, plants and mushrooms. We have found numerous varieties of each on our property. If you are brave enough to camp during a Minnesota winter there is a good chance one of us will be around to take you on our snowshoe trails throughout the property. Last year we were able to pack 3 miles of trail and enjoyed hosting several friends and family out for a 'shoe and hot chocolate. We are close to many lakes and the St Louis River. We have ample room for you to park your boats, rec. vehicles and etc! Our little pocket of the Iron Range is paradise and we love to share it with others. We hope to see you soon!
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Into the woods

2 sites · RVs, Tents9 acres · Bovey, MN
9 acres on a private lake in Northern MN. ATV trails close. Peace and quiet without the crowds in a campground. We have two dogs, a cat and chickens including a sunrise early crowing rooster who will get you up to start your adventures. Fishing galore on the 1000 lakes in our county. We have an old doc, canoeing and fishing right on our lake. Beautiful sunsets and the joy of being in the deep woods of Northern MN. Lots of fun things to do in Grand Rapids and Hibbing. This site is level on the driveway but not out on the grass. It is close to our house, but we are quiet and not around very much. You pretty much have the place to yourself. 30 amp is close to the house. Toilet, showers and three season porch can be arranged. A Generator will give you closer access to the lake but far from water and septic hook up. Septic is our home septic where you can empty or hook up if you choose to set up close to it.
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Adventure Awaits

8 sites · RVs, Tents40 acres · Angora, MN
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Rat Root River Retreat

1 site · Tent100 acres · Kabetogama, MN
The beautiful forest has been in our family for 90 years.  My great grandfather farmed the land and raised 10 children on this land.  He also worked in the pulp and paper mills in nearby International Falls.  The original house is still there which is my grandfather's son and host of the property.  A short distance down the road, my grandfather's brother had a farm and raised 13 children.  Seeing the so many stars, witnessing the Northern lights, seeing wildlife in their natural habitat has provided joy to so many descendants that lived and visited this beautiful place.  Our family would like to share the peace and tranquility that one feels when being a part of nature as our family has experienced for so many years. Learn more about this land:Breath the fresh air of one of the beautiful forests of Northern Minnesota. Examine wildlife, backpack 3 miles to breathtaking Lake Kabetogama or north into wild Canada.  Pitch your tent anywhere to relax and get away from it all.  Perfect for deer hunters, fishing, backpacking, snowshoeing or cross country skiing.  Get off the grid to life with nature, view wildlife and experience the northern lights.  
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The best camping near Kabetogama State Forest guide

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The Canoe is the ultimate boat to have in Kabetogama State Forest, which features the 25,000-acre Kabetogama Lake. Over 200 islands are scattered throughout the lake, making for one amazing island-hopping adventure! People often explore the waters by canoe for days, camping on different islands as they go.

This is a year-round forest, which undergoes a beautiful transformation when the temperatures begin to drop. The lake freezes over and ice fishers come out to play, along with snowmobilers, snowshoers and cross-country skiers. So, go have some fun, whatever the season!

Notable campgrounds

  • Walter Stark Horse Campground - A serene spot for equestrian lovers to camp and connect with nature.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early to secure your preferred campsite, especially during peak seasons.
  • Check for cancellations regularly as plans change and spots may open up.
  • Consider visiting during weekdays for better availability.
  • Explore nearby camping options for alternative accommodations.

When to go

The best time to visit Kabetogama State Forest is during the summer and fall when the weather is ideal for outdoor activities. Winter offers a snowy wonderland for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, though some amenities may be limited.

Know before you go

  • Check the latest park updates for any road or campsite improvements before your trip.
  • Be prepared for encounters with local wildlife by reviewing safety guidelines.
  • Accessibility may vary across different areas of the forest; inquire ahead for specific needs.
  • Remember to pack essentials as some amenities may not be available during construction.
  • Respect park regulations to preserve the natural habitat for future visitors.

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