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Camping at Little Isabella River Campground

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Basic Overview

Little Isabella River Campground is a small, secluded campground located in the Superior National Forest in Minnesota. Known for its natural beauty and peaceful settings, it offers a great escape for those looking to enjoy the great outdoors. This campground is situated near the Little Isabella River, providing opportunities for fishing and paddling.

Location and Access

Address and Directions: Little Isabella River Campground Forest Route 172 Isabella, MN 55607

Access to the campground is typically via roads that may be unpaved, and these roads are accessible to most vehicles under normal conditions. However, it's always a good idea to check the latest road conditions, especially in the case of inclement weather.

Campsite Features


  • The campsites at Little Isabella River Campground are known for being rustic.
  • There are no electric hookups or modern facilities.
  • Typically, you'll find basic amenities such as pit toilets and a water pump for drinking water.
  • Each campsite usually includes a picnic table and a fire ring.

Site Selection:

  • The campground features a limited number of sites, so it is advised to arrive early or to book in advance if reservations are accepted.
  • Sites are generally spaced out, offering a good degree of privacy.


Recreation Opportunities:

  • Fishing: The Little Isabella River, and nearby lakes offer opportunities for fishing. Anglers can expect to catch species such as trout, bass, and northern pike.
  • Paddling: Canoeing and kayaking can be enjoyed on the river.
  • Hiking: There are trails in the surrounding area for those looking to explore the forest on foot.
  • Wildlife Watching: The area is home to a variety of wildlife; observing animals in their natural habitat is a common activity.

Booking and Fees

Reservations and Walk-Ins:

  • Depending on the time of year and forest service policies, the campground may operate on a first-come, first-served basis, or it may accept reservations.
  • Check the current policy before planning your trip.


  • Fees for camping vary by season and demand. Generally, there will be a per-night fee for each campsite.
  • Since fee structures can change, it's best to check the latest information on the forest service's website or contact the local ranger district office.


Rules to Follow:

  • Campfires are usually allowed in designated fire rings, but it's important to adhere to any fire bans or restrictions that may be in force.
  • Bears and other wildlife are present in the area, so proper food storage and handling are critical to avoid attracting animals to the campsite.
  • Leave No Trace principles should be followed to minimize the impact on the environment.
  • Quiet hours are typically enforced to ensure a peaceful experience for all campers.

Seasonal Considerations and Weather

Best Time to Visit:

  • The camping season at Little Isabella River Campground typically starts in late spring and extends through early fall.
  • Check for specific opening and closing dates, as these can be affected by weather conditions and snow levels.


  • Weather in the Superior National Forest can be variable. It's essential to be prepared for a range of conditions, including sudden temperature drops and rainfall.

Contact Information

For the most current information, it's advised you contact the Superior National Forest's ranger district that manages the Little Isabella River Campground:

  • LaCroix Ranger District Office Phone: 218-666-0020

Before your trip, always verify information and conditions, as they can change frequently. Remember that remote campsites like Little Isabella River Campground require additional preparedness and respect for local regulations and the environment.

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