Hipcamp host Blake R.
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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. Campsite is very basic which includes fire pit with grill, table, and composting outhouse. There might be a couple logs for you, but be ready to bring wood or harvest your own from dead and down trees.

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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. Campsite is very basic which includes fire pit with grill, table, and composting outhouse. There might be a couple logs for you, but be ready to bring wood or harvest your own from dead and down trees.

The site is about a 600ft trail 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. There is still about 80ft of raw swamp with some pallets. 95% of the time is it passable with hiking boats or street shoes. Dispersed winter camping is also available.

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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

Campsite area
Bring your own tents
1 site
Up to 5 guests per site
Walk to listing
No ADA access
Essentials
Campfires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Amenities
Kitchen available
Picnic table available
No potable water
No showers
No wifi
Pack it out
Have a question? Send Blake a message!
  • Check in: After 2PM
  • Check out: Before 12PM
  • Cancellation policy: Flexible
  • On arrival: Go straight to camp
  • Minimum nights: 1 night
  • Accepts bookings: 12 months out
  • Response time: Within 6 hours
  • Response rate: 100%

Activities

Offered on the Host's property or nearby.

Biking
Fishing
Hiking
Snow sports
Wildlife watching

Terrain

Natural features you'll find at Camp Palustria in Minnesota.

Forest
River, stream, or...
Wetlands

The vibe at Camp Palustria

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Hipcamper Cody
Cody K.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
August 21st, 2017

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...

Hipcamper Elena
Elena Y.
recommends this listing.
September 4th, 2018

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.

Hipcamper Kayla
Kayla C.
has mixed feelings towards this listing.
October 1st, 2018

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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Hipcamper Madelyn

Cool little spot!

Madelyn B.
recommends this listing.
June 28th, 2020

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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Hipcamper Amy
Amy N.
recommends this listing.
August 11th, 2020

Very remote and private. Loved it!!

Hipcamper Brian
Brian Y.
recommends this listing.
August 30th, 2020

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!

Hipcamper Alexander
Alexander M.
recommends this listing.
September 5th, 2020

Great campsite and great location. Exactly as described. Directions to camp were really useful.

Hipcamper boone

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Boone Y.
recommends this listing.
September 7th, 2020

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.

Hipcamper Chet P.
recommends this listing.
August 3rd, 2020
Property
Trembling Gardens
State
Minnesota
Country
United States
$15/night
1 Site
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