South Kawishiwi River Campground
South Kawishiwi River Campground

South Kawishiwi River Campground

Due to weather conditions, South Kawishiwi River Campground will be delayed for opening until May 9, 2022. Reservation inquiries can be sent to our Campground Managers at Refunds are being issued. Thank you for your understanding. 

  • South Kawishiwi River Campground is located in Superior National Forest near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, about 10 miles from Ely, Minnesota. It offers fishing, boating and other recreational activities in a relaxing outdoor setting. The Kawishiwi River provides access to Birch Lake to the south and the Boundary Waters to the north. When traveling in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wildnerness, a permit is required. Canoe rentals are available from the campground concessionaire with at least one day's notice. Canoe rentals are available by contacting the host. Closer to shore, visitors can enjoy an afternoon of swimming at the campground's grassy beach, hiking the 1-mile Kawishiwi River Forest Trail, or trying their luck at fishing for northern pike, perch, and walleye. A boat ramp is located on-site. The scenic Kawishiwi River boasts clear, cold, and calm waters lined with boreal forest and wetland ecosystems. Wildlife abounds in Superior National Forest, from moose and bear, to bald eagles and loons. The campground lies in a mixed aspen, birch, and conifer forest. Superior National Forest, located in northeastern Minnesota's Arrowhead Region, is comprised of 3-million acres. The forest spans 150 miles along the United States-Canada border.


    • Bird Watching
    • Canoeing
    • Fishing
    • Hiking/Trekking
    • Swimming
    • Wildlife Watching


    Campground (33 total sites)

    The campground has sites with and without electric hookups, as well as one group day use area great for family picnics, birthday parties and other gatherings of up to 35 people. Sites are spacious, private, well-maintained, and shaded. Visitors will find vault toilets, drinking water, and trash bins within the facility. Firewood is available for purchase.

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    Day Use (1 total sites)

    "The Pavilion" is available for day use rentals and is the ideal location for your next event! Plan a wedding, family reunion, or meeting at this historic building. Max occupancy is 35 persons. This site is accessible for persons with a disability or otherwise limited physical mobility.

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