Wakemup Bay Campground
Kabetogama State Forestwrite a review 2413 Wakely Road Cook, MN 55723 218-235-2520 Official Website
GPS: 47.9013, -92.5888
|Last Price Paid:||$14|
|Number of Sites:||22|
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webster would stay here again
“Primitive camping near Lake Vermilion”
Reviewed Jun 20, 2019
I stayed here one night in June 2019. This is a state forest campground with 22 primitive sites, no reservations. There's no electricity and no running water, though there are at least four outhouses scattered around the campground, with toilet paper and hand sanitizer. None of the campsites are actually on Wakemup (also spelled Wak-Em-Up) Bay of Lake Vermilion, though the day use/beach area is a short walk directly next to the campground.
When you enter the campground, there's a handful of sites that are "in the open" without any privacy or shade, clearly optimized for RVs. There's another section behind those which are also open, but a bit more shaded. As you keep driving, there are sites that have some shade or complete shade in a more heavily wooded area, and the campground road turns and goes uphill a bit, and there's another section of sites in a bit more open of an area. Finally, the end of the campground has a turn-around road with two hike-in campsites with parking spots. One of them specifically seemed pretty awesome, as it's secluded and up at the highest point over the bay, with total shade. You can barely make out the bay through the trees, though. Campsites have a picnic table, fire ring, and a metal stand with a hook to hang food from.
Sites are $14 per night, and the payment envelope has a spot to write a credit card number.
Cell service as of June 2019 wasn't great. AT&T was the best, at 74ms ping, 2.2mbps down, 340kbps up (that's quite slow). Hardly anything worked on T-Mobile, and Verizon wouldn't load my email, though I would sometimes receive notifications. Verizon worked just fine for phone calls.
There's a road behind the campground and you hear every vehicle go by, though there's not much traffic late at night. If road noise bothers you, go closer to the end of the campground near the turn-around at the top of the hill—however, you might hear more noise from the day use area; specifically, screaming kids.
The campground has a hiking trail, but I was able to find no information about it. I started to walk down it, but it appeared unmaintained and overgrown so I gave up.
What could make this campground better? More of a selection of sites with privacy, and a shower building perhaps.
This review is the opinion of a Campendium member and not of Campendium.com
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