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whitecedar
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10/15/2020 09:04AM
Hi: I am searching for a remote, quiet, non BWCAW campsite in the Superior National Forest. Hike in or paddle in preferred over car camping.
Thank you for your input!
White cedar
 
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LindenTree
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10/15/2020 09:36AM
One of my favorites is Hogback Lake Rec area.
Besides the Rustic Campground the area has other campsites on lakes that you can hike to "one or two can be paddled to".
The link will say closed, this is for the Rustic Campground, the back country sites are open.

Jenette Lake has some nice campsites that can be boated to, this area looks very much like the BWCA. The link will also say closed, this is for the campground, not the back country sites.

Hogback Lake backpacking sites.

Jenette Lake back country sites

Link to most, but not all campgrounds in the Superior NF
inspector13
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10/15/2020 10:18AM

There is also a single paddle in site on Ball Club Lake at the edge of the BWCAW.

lindylair
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10/15/2020 01:49PM
If you want to send me an email I can reply with some information and photos for a spot that I just returned from recently that fits your criteria very well.
Blatz
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10/15/2020 09:29PM
You can camp wherever you want on public land in the National Forest. Get the Superior National forest map. It shows existing rustic and developed campsites. I did a Bikepacking trip through the SNF and used that map
10/15/2020 09:46PM
Astrid Lake has a couple of nice campsites which are easy to get to by paddle or hiking.
10/15/2020 10:52PM
Birch lake south of Ely is nice as well. The Kawishiwi Ranger station in Ely has a handout of all the non- bwca sites. It's pretty comprehensive and lists sites with designations of boat accessible, walkups, and hike-in sites. There is probably a link online?
10/15/2020 10:55PM
inspector13: "There is also a single paddle in site on Ball Club Lake at the edge of the BWCAW."
Inspector13, congrats on the bear claw!
sedges
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10/17/2020 05:05PM
I think you will like Ham Lake. Two portages from the Cross River Access. Four decent campsites. Fill out day use permits for the days you stay there so you can go into the BWCA. An easy portage into Cross Bay Lake makes for a wonderful wilderness day trip.
martoonie
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10/17/2020 06:03PM
I've always wondered about Johnson Lake, on the south edge of Voyageurs National Park. A chain of three lakes with five backcountry campsites. Accessed by way of a 3/8 mile trail to the lake. Has anyone been to this area. I hiked the trail one time but never camped there. Has anyone ever fished these lakes?
whitecedar
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10/17/2020 10:55PM
THANK YOU for all the wonderful choices. I look forward to exploring new areas!!!
White Cedar
 
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