Nothing says summer like lakeside living.
About a month ago we remembered that Memorial Day weekend was coming up and scrambled to make reservations before all the campgrounds filled up. Sure enough, the first few state parks we checked were already booked, but then Tim stumbled across a small national forest campground on a lake in north-central Minnesota. Not only did they have open sites, but a few were right on the water. Perfect.
Cass Lake Loop is one of four national forest campgrounds on the shore of Cass Lake. Of the four it’s the only campground with wide open lake views. No hook-ups, a permanently closed dump station, and “primitive” showers mean this is no resort-style campground, but for our needs it couldn’t be better.
No surprise that all the sites were full over the holiday weekend, and while the thick border of trees between sites provided us with lots of privacy, we could have done without the neighbor’s nightly chainsaw session (downed and dead tress are fair game here – I guess a regular handsaw was not enough for him ). We survived the busy weekend though and have been enjoying a nearly empty campground all week.
The weather has been…well exactly like you would expect the weather to be at the end of May in a northern climate. Sunny and warm one day, rainy and cold the next, partly sunny the next day, more rain the next, and so on. Reminds us of the northeast — except with more mosquitos. Despite more clouds than sun, we’ve made sure to get out when we can and managed two paddles around the lake, a ride on the Migizi Bike trail, a few walks around the campground, and even a drive to Bemidji for some Memorial Day ice cream.
We planned to move on to another lake this weekend, but after failing to find a suitable campground (i.e. one with cell service) that had waterfront sites, we decided to stay here for another week. Our site is already booked, so we have to pack up and move a few sties down, but with the same awesome lake view it’s hard to complain.