Leech Lake Recreation Area

Leech Lake Recreation Area is located in the heart of the Chippewa National Forest in Federal Dam, Minnesota.  The area is best known for its fishing and boat access to Portage Bay on Leech Lake, a famous perch, walleye and musky fishery.  Leech Lake has 316 miles of shoreline and encompasses 14 natural lakes.  A mixed forest of elm, ash, maple, basswood, birch, aspen, and pine covers the area.

Boating, canoeing and fishing are very popular activities.  Anglers will find walleye, perch, bass, northern pike and musky, where cast has the potential to yield a trophy.  Miles of scenic hiking trails meander around Leech Lake, including the Soo Line, Heartland and North Country National Scenic Trails.

The campground offers 73 wooded sites with electic hookups, including five sites with full hookups.  Additionally, there are four primitive walk-to tent sites.  A group day-use picnic shelter with electric is available, as well as two mini picnic shelters.  Amenities include flush toilets, showers, drinking water, laundry facilities, a dump station and overnight boat mooring.  Campers enjoy the park's basketball, volleyball, badminton and shuffleboard courts, as well as the horseshoe pits.  Younger campers love the playground areas.  Also available at the water's edge are boat ramps and a marina.

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Latitude: 47.247193 Longitude: -94.221882 Elevation: 1301 ft
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Hours Open

Daily: 6 am - 10 pm

Seasons Open

May 1 - September 30

Visitor Fees

Camping - $24 per night for electric sites; $12 per night for non-electric sites; Boat Launch - $5 for non-camping visitors

Accessibility Notes

Our park is ADA compliant and is accessible by all visitors.

Pet Friendly Notes

Service animals welcome. Cats and dogs are allowed in the park on a 6-foot leash and the owner picks up after the pet.

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