Bass Lake County Park and Campground
ONLINE RESERVATIONS BEGIN MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2024
CAMPGROUND OPENS THURSDAY, MAY 9, 2024
Bass Lake County Park and Campground is a pristine park surrounding beautiful Bass Lake and encompasses 663 acres of red and white pine, spruce, aspen, and cedar forest. It is located off of Minnesota State Aid Highway 1, eleven miles east of Effie or eleven miles west of Togo, Minnesota . The property was purchased by Itasca County in 1984 from the Boise Cascade Corporation with the help of a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant. Campground fees are comparable with other public campgrounds. Camping visitations are limited to fourteen days per camp unit.
There are 43 sites in the park including 6 tent sites. All sites feature the amenities of a picnic table, fire grate, and tent pad and/or camper slot. Sites 15 - 21B are non-reservable and are on a first-come-first serve basis and must be paid for at one of the two payboxes. Payboxes are located at the campground entrance kiosk and in "B" loop. All other sites are reserved on-line through the link above.
- "A" Loop Electric Sites: $30.00/night
- "B" Loop Non- Electric Sites: $20.00/night
- Tenting Only sites: $15.00/night
The picnic area is a triangular shaped site measuring approximately 350’ by 170’. This area was damaged by the 1989 windstorm that left two large pines near the center of the site standing. We have renovated the site by providing a level grassy area with a couple picnic tables and grills. A hand pump is available for water.
Bass Lake Park is interlaced with many trails within its 663-acre boundary. Park System personnel minimally maintain the trails. At the present time, most of the trails are open to multiple uses that include hikers, bikers, equestrian use and Off Highway Vehicles of less than 1000 pounds. There is also a hiker only trail located around the south half of Bass Lake, which allows for complete circle hikes of the lake. (Note: ATV's are currently allowed at the Park but please keep in mind that ATV's are only allowed to enter and leave the campground area with no use of ATV's to travel inside the campground to access the beach, bathrooms, or other sites. No riding around in the campground other than ingress and egress.)
Bass Lake has one constructed and maintained beach, which is located at the southeastern end of the campground complex. Park personnel updated this beach in 2022. There are presently several user developed swim areas throughout the campground. This beach is a swim at your own risk facility as there are no beaches operated by the County that are protected by lifeguards.
Other facilities at Bass Lake Park include three drinking wells, two dumpsters, a recycle collection station, and six outdoor privies (3 of which are 1000 gallon vault type ADA approved outhouses).