Okontoe’s Campsites

tent with tarp at a lakeside campsite
Several of our campsites are lakeside or lakeview

Okontoe has 32 campsites, 11 of which are designated seasonal lease sites. They can accommodate tents and smaller RVs (we suggest a 24-foot maximum). Two sites are pull-through and able to host a large RV.

Several of our sites are lakeside or lake view, some are private, others more open and perfect for group camping. A few of them have electric available and there’s a dump station near the Shower House if you need it.

For those who’ve been around Okontoe a long time, our flushies aren’t in use anymore. But there are outhouses and porta-potties in various locations. The Shower House has two showers on each side—Guys and Gals—as well as sinks and a mirror.

We don’t have water hook-ups, but you may fill your reservoirs at the cold-water spigots located throughout the campground. There’s a dumping station on-site and garbage is collected regularly.

There’s no cell service this far up the Gunflint Trail and there’s no wi-fi at Camp. Be sure to do all your online communications before you leave Grand Marais. Enjoy your media fast 🙂

Bow Lake is a non-motorized lake. There’s no boat launch, but you’re welcome to bring your own canoes, kayaks or stand-up paddleboards and launch at the beach, the canoe launch or your lakeside campsite.

We are a Christian non-profit ministry that offers cabin and campsite rentals. We have a family-friendly atmosphere and a no-alcohol policy. Quiet hours are 10pm to 8am daily.

campsite with picnic table
There are many spacious and private campsites to choose from

Also available in the Campground:

  • Small swimming beach (no life guard on duty)
  • Canoes, paddles and life jackets are available for your use. You must keep them on the property—they are only for use on Bow, Quiver and Shoko Lakes. They cannot be transported to other lakes (Okontoe does not carry an Outfitter/Guide permit). If you want to canoe on other area lakes, there are plenty of outfitters in the area that will rent canoes to you. We’re happy to recommend one or two to you.
  • Kayaks, paddles and life jackets are available for the small hourly rate of $5. Same guidelines as above for canoes—you must keep them on the three lakes at our property.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome at no extra fee.

  • Please keep them leashed at all times…
  • Pick up after them before leaving for home…
  • Don’t leave them unattended in your campsite…
  • If your dog barks excessively or is bothering other campers, you may be asked to leave out of respect for our other guests.
  • Our property is surrounded by thousands of acres of wilderness that’s home to many predators. Be sure you keep track of your small dog(s)!
two kids swimming
Enjoying Bow Lake on a hot summer day

2022 Campground Rates

  • Daily campsite fee for one nuclear family or up to 6 people: $35/non-electric site or $40 electric site
  • Group campsites (non-nuclear family with more than 6 in your party): $5/night per person
  • We require a non-refundable deposit of 30% with your reservation.
  • Pets: free (you must clean up after them before leaving)
  • Firewood is available: $3/bundle of kiln-dried pine (by the Garden Bunkhouse) or $6/bundle of cut, split and seasoned birch. Please don’t bring firewood from outside Cook County (this is a Minnesota DNR regulation to keep unwanted parasites out of our area).
  • Canoes are included with your campsite, along with paddles and life jackets (our canoes must stay on our local lakes: Bow, Quiver and Shoko).
  • Non-camper showers: $5/person

See our Local Attractions & Activities page

Are you a current or retired minister or missionary?

If you are, we want to bless you! You’re welcome to fill out our scholarship application form for a reduced rate for one of our campsites or cabins. Please email: info@okontoe.org for more information.

man fishing off a dock
Fishing on Bow Lake

Want to be able to spend more time at Okontoe? Check out our Seasonal Lease Campsites

We are a Christian non-profit ministry with a campground and retreat cabins. We welcome all who respect our values. Our property is alcohol-free and family-friendly. Quiet hours are 10:00 pm – 8:00 am.