List of Best Places to Camp in the Midwest Includes 4 Minnesota Destinations


Split Rock Lighthouse as seen from Split Rock Lighthouse State Park, located on the north shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota. (Melissa Turtinen/FOX 9)

Magazine Dyrt rated four Minnesota campgrounds among the best in the Midwest.

“From one of America’s most photographed lighthouses to dramatic landscapes that are home to bears, moose, wolves and lynx, the Midwest has so much more to offer than rolling farmland,” according to Dyrt’s 2022 Best Places to Visit. Camp: Top 10 in the Midwest, which was released in June.

Dyrt’s best places to camp in the Midwest are:

  1. Split Rock Lighthouse State Park – Minnesota
  2. Bear Head Lake State Park – Minnesota
  3. Wyalusing State Park – Wisconsin
  4. Hocking Hills State Park Campground – Ohio
  5. Turkey Run State Park Campground – Indiana
  6. Autumn Lake – Minnesota
  7. Tettegouche State Park – Minnesota
  8. Mackinaw Mill Creek Campground – Michigan
  9. Devil’s Lake State Park – Wisconsin
  10. Outdoor Sun Lake Rudolph—Indiana

Split Rock Lighthouse State Park is famous for having one of the most photographed lighthouses in America, according to Dyrt magazine. Split Rock is joined by; Bear Head Lake State Park, located in a remote forest south of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness; Fall Lake which offers family amenities northeast of Ely in the Upper National Forest; and North Shore Tettegouche State Park Campground, home to more than 140 species of birds, including swift peregrine falcons.

Split Rock Campground is also ranked fifth on Dyrt’s 2022 list of the 10 best places to camp in the United States, released July 11.

On the national list, Sierra Vista in New Mexico came in at No. 1, followed by Many Glacier Campground in Montana at No. 2, “The Wall” at Buffalo Gap National Grasslands in South Dakota at No. 3, and Alabama Hills Recreation Area in California at No. 4.


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