For much of July, I was roaming around northern Minnesota in the Lakes Region. Every few days, a new camp was found in the woods by the water. All were drycamping sites, and most not really suitable for big rigs. I had no problem finding spots without reservations.
(Cass Lake MN)
Chippewa NF-South Pike Bay CG was on the south end of Cass Lake at the end of a long gravel road. Luckily I got a site by the lake. However, it mostly rained while there. I did manage to get in a hike on a bike trail through the woods.
The next stop was on the north side of Lake Winnibigoshish at Chippewa NF-Mosomo Point CG. The campground was small and quiet, and it only rained one day. I noticed that everyone seemed to be into fishing.
Superior NF-Pfeiffer Lake CG was several miles in on a decent gravel road. My spot was facing the lake, but it was obscured by dense trees. An easy trail went down to the lake where there was a swimming area.
After my hike to Kawishiwi Falls I went to Superior NF-South Kawishiwi River CG. Again, the campground was in dense forest and sites had no view of the river; although those by the water had a path down to it. I hiked the trail along the riverbank.
I returned to Ely in order to visit the Wolf Center, as they were promoting the new pups they just received from Canada. It was disappointing to not get photos of any wolves; except for the stuffed ones in the museum. Afterward, I headed south again and found a boondock spot all by myself next to Lake Gegoka.
On the way to my next camp, I stopped along the roadway to get photos of the Baptism River. Didn’t realize I had driven so far!
(Grand Marais MN)
My last camp was on the hills west of Lake Superior at Superior NF-Devil Track Lake CG. I had a pleasant spot overlooking the lake with sufficient sun for my solar panels. The other side of the lake had summer homes, so there was a lot of boating, swimming, and water skiing on the lake.
Despite rain every couple of days, voracious mosquitoes, and dense woods, I enjoyed my time camping across Minnesota. While the humidity was high, the temperatures were near perfect with 75-80 highs most days, and 55-60 lows overnight.
Camps: Chippewa & Superior NF
Scene: Lakes, rivers, forest