Bass Lake County Park and Campground

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.

Campsites


There are 29 sites in the park with five as tent sites only. All sites feature the amenities of a picnic table, fire grate, and tent pad and/or camper slot. All sites provide lake shore access. 

Picnic Area


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. 

Trails


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. 

Beach


Bass Lake has one constructed and maintained beach, which is located at the southeastern end of the campground complex. Park personnel constructed this beach in 1988. 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 four drinking wells, trash cans throughout the park, and nine outdoor privies (3 of which are 1000 gallon vault type ADA approved outhouses).