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Find a great North Shore campsite this weekend

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Hoping to camp this weekend on the North Shore but don't have a reservation?

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Memorial Day weekend is the kick-off for camping in Minnesota. Every campsite that can be reserved in the North Shore state parks or national forests has been reserved. Don't worry.

Here are three campgrounds for this weekend. Try to leave Friday by noon, since you'll want to arrive at your campground before dinner.

First chance: Eckbeck Campground

Turn off Highway 61 at Illgen City just past Tettegouche State Park and drive up Highway 1. In less than 3 miles, you'll reach Eckbeck Campground, on the right. This campground is right on a pretty bend of the Baptism River, and is close to great hiking on the "Fantasia Overlook" of the Superior Hiking Trail. It's a short walk down Highway 1 to scenic Illgen Falls, pictured above.

Second chance: Finland Campground

No room at Eckbeck Campground? Keep driving on Highway 1 to Finland, then take a quick right on County Road 6 and enter the Finland Campground. This campground has more privacy than Eckbeck and has a very nice picnic area between two branches of the Baptism River. This is a great base camp to explore the remote hiking trails of Crosby Manitou State Park. Plus, your kids can walk to the Finland Coop for ice cream treats.

Last chance: Ninemile Lake Campground

No room at Finland Campground? Head northeast out of Finland on the Cramer Road, a.k.a. County Road 7. It's a beautiful 15-mile drive up the east branch of the Baptism River to Ninemile Lake, a gorgeous inland lake with an expansive Superior National Forest Campground. I promise you will find a site there. There are 10 sites right along the lakeshore and another 15 on the loop. You can hike the Ninemile Lake trail a half-mile up into maple forest and look for spring wildflowers. If you have a kayak, canoe, or motorboat, Ninemile Lake is great for exploring.

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