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Cass Lake Loop Campground is one of several camping areas within the Chippewa National Forest, Minnesota, in the United States. It offers visitors a chance to enjoy the beauty of the forest, Cass Lake, and an array of outdoor activities.


The campground is located on the shores of Cass Lake, providing easy access for water activities. Cass Lake is part of the Chippewa National Forest, which lies in the heart of north-central Minnesota.

Campsites and Facilities

There are several campsites within the Cass Lake Loop, which are typically open from spring through fall. Each campsite usually offers:

  • Basic Amenities: These include picnic tables, fire rings, and space for tents or RVs.
  • Utility Hookups: Some sites may provide electric hookups, while others are more rustic.
  • Restrooms: Visitors can expect restrooms with flush toilets and sinks. Some locations might also have shower facilities.
  • Water Access: Drinking water spigots are usually available throughout the campground.


Visitors can look forward to a wide range of activities at Cass Lake Loop Campground:

  • Boating and Fishing: Cass Lake is known for excellent fishing opportunities, with species such as walleye, northern pike, perch, and muskellunge. The campground provides boat launch facilities.
  • Hiking: There are several trails in the surrounding areas for both beginner and experienced hikers.
  • Swimming: Many come to enjoy the sandy beaches and designated swimming areas during the warmer months.
  • Wildlife Viewing: Chippewa National Forest is home to a large population of bald eagles, and many other species of wildlife can be seen here as well.

Reservations and Fees

  • Reservations: Campsites can be reserved in advance, which is recommended during peak camping seasons.
  • Fees: A nightly fee is charged for campsite usage. Prices vary based on the type of site and available amenities.

Seasonal and Weather Considerations

  • Weather: Weather can be unpredictable, so it's important to come prepared for varying conditions. Summers are warm, ideal for swimming and boating, while springs and falls can be cooler, appealing for hiking and wildlife viewing.
  • Seasons: The campground may be seasonal, with peak operations typically between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Check ahead for exact dates as they can change from year to year.

Regulations and Safety

  • Firewood: To prevent the spread of invasive species, there might be restrictions on bringing in firewood from outside areas. Local firewood is usually available for purchase.
  • Pets: Pets are often allowed but must be kept on leashes and under control at all times.
  • Wildlife: As with any natural area, it is crucial to maintain a safe distance from wildlife and to not feed animals.


  • Road Access: The campground is accessible by vehicle, but some roads may be unpaved.
  • ADA Access: Facilities with ADA-accessible features are available at some campgrounds within the national forest, be sure to check for specifics at Cass Lake Loop.

Contact Information

For the most current information, it is best to contact the Chippewa National Forest ranger district or visit the official USDA Forest Service website.

Note: Details can change, and it’s always important to check the latest information prior to planning a trip to Cass Lake Loop Campground.

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