The best camping near Cascade River State Park

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Grand Marais Get-A-Way

1 site · RV, Tent10 acres · Grand Marais, MN
Site: ***2024 Update - The hillside campsite is now cleared and available for tent camping. Driveway has been extended (now 115 feet long) , two firepits have been constructed (one at end of driveway & one on hillside campsite) and picnic table on site. We are currently accepting bookings for Spring/Summer/Fall of 2024. A 10 acre secluded forest site nestled between Lake Superior and the Sawtooth Mountains. This is a single site property; enjoy complete privacy during your booking dates. Property is primitive and dense with trees/ground cover. 115 feet of cleared driveway is best spot for RV set up; levers likely needed as driveway is gravel is uneven in spots. Tent camping with firepit on hillside campsite. Second firepit at the end of the driveway. Hiking/Biking Options: There are no marked trails on the property. For guests interested in hiking we recommend: 1) The 310 mile Superior Hiking Trail easily accessible at multiple locations throughout Grand Marais OR 2) The Woods Creek Superior Hiking trailhead approximately 1 mile from property; parking lot at trailhead. Biking not possible on site but nearby gravel roads are an option for advanced riders or bikers looking for a challenging ride. For other biking options, including family friendly routes, check out: www.visitcookcounty.com. Site is a private 10 acres forest plot. A perfect primitive home base for laid back families and seasoned adventurers. Tired of the outdoors? A 10 minute drive takes you to downtown Grand Marais with restaurants, shops and Artists Point. Come enjoy the picturesque Minnesota North Shore!
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Gunflint Trail Yurt on Private Lake

1 site · Lodging44 acres · Grand Marais, MN
Located in an area of exceptional beauty and solitude. The Gunflint Trail Yurt is in a remote oasis located on 44 acres with access to its own private environmental lake. The yurt may act as a great hub to explore all that the Gunflint Trail has to offer, along with being on the "lower trail" so-in close proximity to the charming town of Grand Marais and the North Shore. There is plenty of hiking, canoeing, berry picking, fishing and outdoor activities galore. The yurt has a picnic table and fire ring for outdoor cooking, Drinking and cooking water can be hauled nearby NFS campsite. 4WD or AWD vehichle with clearance recommended. Guests should bring their own sleeping bags, pillows, cookware and outdoor cooking stove, drinking and cooking water (container provided) and anything else they would bring to go camping. There is wildlife and therefore food should be stored in vehicle. Like camping, there is no electricity. If you like the sounds of birds, this is the place to be!
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Private Lutsen Forest Camp

1 site · RV, Tent5 acres · Lutsen, MN
Property is 5 acres on private shared road. Use of well and wood-burning sauna, and deck and furniture of our tiny home included. Outhouse on site. Centrally located on the North Shore and surrounded by Superior National Forest - - 20 minutes from both Grand Marais and Tofte. Near snowmobile trails, Superior Hiking Trail, Lutsen town, Fika Coffee shop, grocery store, two maple syrup properties, mountain bike and fat bike trails, hiking and xc ski trails. Minutes from Caribou and Ward Lakes. Check out the new world class Jackpot MTB single-track trails!
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Boundary Country Trekking

2 sites · LodgingGrand Marais, MN
For centuries the people of the Mongolian plateau have found yurts to be comfortable, convivial dwellings. These round, peaked-roofed, canvas-covered huts are warm and cozy. Over the past twenty years hundreds of skiers traveling the Banadad Ski Trail have found our yurts to be comfortable winter lodging. Now you can enjoy the comfort of a wilderness yurt all year round at the new Tall Pines Yurt. Do not forget to bring your sense of adventure. Inside the yurt Members of the Minnehaha Academy Ski Team The Tall Pines Yurt is located on the edge of the Boundary Waters near a stand of old growth white pines and on Hooker Lake, named by some comic loggers. Half of the lake is in the Boundary Waters. The Tall Pines, twenty-foot housekeeping yurt, is attractively furnished and is set-up to accommodate up to four people, sleeping on a futon and bunk beds. Additional cots or bunk beds can be brought in for larger groups. The yurt is heated by a wood stove / fireplace, has overhead gas lighting and a camp kitchen with pots, pans, dishes, utensils, cook stove, dining table and chairs. Ask us about making camp coffee. Outside is an attached deck. A firepit, charcoal grill and most importantly, a Finnish sauna are nearby. Outhouse is located near the yurt also. Hooker Lake is a natural environmental lake, requiring a significant setback for any structure. Over the years forest growth has occured around the shore, which has limited the visibility of the lake from the yurt. This lake is slowly turning into a bog and in the summer, it's surrounded by lots of bog flowers. It is a pretty lake, but not suitable for fishing or swimming. Yurters can drive over to the Bed & Breakfast and fish and swim in Little Ollie Lake or portage into a nearby lake. During the non-snow months you hike in three hundred feet from the summer parking area. The trail to the yurt connects to some of the finest mountain biking trails in the area. Hiking trails are just out the door and a canoe is provided for your use. During the winter the yurt is an exclusive silent sports accommodation, accessible by a 1-kilometer ski or snowshoe trek on a groomed trail from the Lace Ski Lake Trail or winter parking area. The eastern trailhead of the Banadad is 2 kilometers away by skis. For the adventuresome skier, Boundary Country Trekking offers Yurt to Yurt Skiing between the Tall Pines and Croft Yurts along the Boundary Waters longest tracked trail: the Banadad. In the winter, we bring in your luggage and food containers. In the summer, you can drive to a parking area near the yurt if you drive a high clearance vehicle. We supply and bring in your water.You bring in your drinking water containers. Year around, we recommend a picnic cooler to hold your food and ice. Ice is available at a local grocery, a three mile drive. During the winter, the Tall PInes yurt is not available on weekends or holidays, until one week before a weekend or holiday. The Tall PInes yurt is available for yurt to yurt resevations only for weekends and holidays. Pets welcome at the Tall Pines Yurt for a nominal fee. All our accommodations, including the Tall Pines Yurt, are smoke free. Because the yurts are located deep in the woods you might be visited by mice. We keep traps in the yurts and we run the mice trap line often.
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Patagonia Cabin: Lake Superior View

1 site · Lodging3 acres · East Cook, MN
A 2020 build, this dovetail log cabin overlooks Lake Superior from a hilltop, a perfect vantage point to see the Aurora. Whether you are catching the sunset on the deck, exploring the endless surrounding woods, or playing a card game by the fire, this space offers the ultimate cabin experience. ⋇Lake Superior Views ⋇2 min Walk to The Lake Superior Beach ⋇9 miles from Downtown Grand Marais ⋇Backyard Access to Superior Hiking Trail ⋇Backs Superior National Forest The space This primitive build has a natural way of connecting its guests to the simple pleasures of simpler times. Enjoy first-hand the awe-inspiring vistas, sunrises and long lingering sunsets, relaxation, and unpretentious hospitality of this cabin retreat. Patagonia Cabin was crafted by local polar explorer Lonnie Dupre and us, the owners. At just over 300 sq ft this the cabin is both quaint and spacious boasting an open floor plan and cathedral ceiling. Built for travelers seeking a retreat in a sustainable stay, we designed this cabin to offer all the necessities one would need in thoughtfulness of nature: solar power for lighting and charging electronics, gas fireplace and stove, A-frame outhouse and rain barrels for wash water. The inspiration for Patagonia Cabin came from our time spent living in Argentina, which is where our story together began. Our hope is that travelers can enjoy the same serenity from nature in this rustic refuge that our journey’s brought us. The interior has been thoughtfully curated with unique decor from Patagonia, Argentina and local Grand Marais artists. Inside + Dishes, pots, pans, cutlery, kettle & all basic necessities for cooking. + Linens & Towels + Gas Fireplace + 2 Burner Gas Stove +Drinking water in jugs +Ground Coffee, tea & hot cocoa + Premium Memory Foam Mattress Outside + 2 Pairs of Snowshoes + Fire Pit + Propane Grill (summer only) + Hammock +Lake Kits - Please enjoy our complimentary packable lake kits which include two packable fold out chairs, a cooler tote and weatherproof picnic blanket. *Some of the above supplies are seasonal. Please see our FAQ regarding these items. **Special occasion? Enjoy our concierge services such as laundry, mid-stay cleans, celebration packages, fresh flowers and more! Guests will have access to our store and services upon booking. Cook County Rental License: 2024-045-VR Guest access Guests have access to the entire cabin, grill, fire pit, deck, private parking, and large wooded yard backing the Superior National Forest. The recreational activities: beach combing, hiking, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, fatbiking, snowmobile... Other things to note FAQ: Is this cabin for everyone? — Not exactly… We want to be clear that this is an off-grid cabin that was meant to be used as a rustic retreat. We know that not everyone digs an outhouse. Is the bed upstairs? — Yes. The bed is located in the high loft which can only be accessed by a steep ladder. Guests use at their own risk. Is there Wifi or cell network service? — There is some cell signal. Verizon tends to have much better reception than At&t or T-Mobile. There is no wifi… some say for an even better connection :) What is a “dry” cabin? — This means you will be completely off-grid: solar-powered lighting & charging, plumbing free, outhouse, etc. What about water? — We provide drinking water in larger jugs May-October. Guests will need to bring any drinking or wash water November - April. We have rain barrels in summer months for collecting wash water. In winter snow can be melted for wash water. What is your bathroom situation? — We have an A-frame outhouse just next to the cabin. For showering, guests can consider visiting the Grand Marais Rec park for a $4 shower, Sauna at Sisu & Loli in town, or buy a $10 day-pass to the Grand Marais YMCA to take advantage of the gym, workout facility, showers, hot tub, sauna, and pool. Do you have a coffee maker? — We have a pour over and filters for your use. Do you have a grill or fire pit? — Yes, May through Oct. We have a propane BBQ. We supply the propane and utensils. There is a fire pit. Wood bundles can be bought in town. Guests are free to use fire pit year round but are responsible for snow removal to use it if they wish to do so. How remote is the cabin? — The cabin is easily accessed (approx. 300 ft) just off Hwy 61 on a maintained driveway. Your views are woods, nature & Lake Superior. While this cabin is completely private, there are neighbors several hundred feet through the woods. However, just as most cabins close to Lake Superior, you could have some road noise. Winter Conditions: We recommend AWD/4WD vehicle from Nov 1 to April 30. 2 wheel drive vehicles are free to use the parking at the bottom of the driveway (300ft from cabin). Due to plowing shortages we cannot guarantee that the road will be plowed on a daily basis. We have 2 parking spots available at the bottom of the driveway in the case that guests are uncomfortable with driving the steep hill or that the conditions are unfavorable to do so. It is approximately a 300ft walk up to the cabin from the bottom of the driveway. Pets: 
We do not make exceptions to our Airbnb no-pet policy other than service animals. Any pet hair will result in a minimum $250 fine regardless of any circumstances and any additional billing that the cleaners require for excess cleaning due to pet residue.
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The best camping near Cascade River State Park guide

Overview

About

On the eastern margin of Minnesota’s epic Boundary Waters, Cascade River State Park sits right below Canada on the banks of Lake Superior (just the largest freshwater lake in the world, no big deal). White water gushes down cliffs of black volcanic rock here—the park gets its name from the roaring Cascade River that runs through it. For being so utterly removed from civilization, the trails are extremely well marked, and it’s super easy to make connections to the broader Superior National Park trails. Fly-fishing and geo-caching are popular activities here, but we don’t think you’ll have to search very hard to find a good time at this beauty on the Cascade River.

Notable campgrounds

  • Yellow Medicine Campground offers a serene setting by the river, ideal for anglers and nature lovers.
  • The Horse Campground is perfect for equestrian adventurers looking to explore the park's bridle paths.
  • Backpackers can enjoy the secluded charm of the Watercraft Campground, accessible only by a trek or paddle.

Tips for snagging a campsite

  • Book early to secure your preferred campsite, as spots fill up quickly during peak seasons.
  • Consider visiting during weekdays for better availability and a quieter experience.
  • Keep an eye on cancellations for last-minute opportunities to reserve a campsite.
  • Explore nearby camping options if your desired campground is fully booked.

When to go

The best time to visit Cascade River State Park is during the summer and fall months, when the weather is ideal for camping and hiking. Winter offers a snowy wonderland for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, though some facilities may be limited. Spring can be unpredictable with melting snow and muddy trails.

Know before you go

  • Check the park's website for the latest updates on trail conditions and closures.
  • Remember that Highway 67 is permanently closed; follow alternative directions provided by the park.
  • Prepare for limited cell service; plan your route and communicate with your group in advance.
  • Respect wildlife and practice Leave No Trace principles to preserve the park's natural beauty.
  • Visit the park office upon arrival for the latest information and to check in if you're camping.

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