Birch Bend is a primitive campground, which includes 320 mostly timber-covered acres on a nearly uninhabited lake in northern Minnesota. The lake is 30-35 feet deep, with sandy beaches and a variety of fish. The property includes about 30 campsites for use by both groups and families. An open-air shelter provides a place to gather. A swimming raft adds to the enjoyment of the beach in summer. The property has it’s own fresh water supply – you’ll use a hand pump to bring it to the surface. Also, propane refrigerators are available for food storage and pit toilets are a low-tech amenity.
Birch Bend is owned by the Pine Bend Association, and is available to scout troops and other youth groups interested in a unique outdoor experience. Come to Birch Bend for a weekend in spring and you might be lucky enough to see the Trillium (Trillium grandiflorum) or even a patch of Yellow Lady Slipper (Cypripedium calceolus). Come in summer and refresh yourself in the clear, clean spring fed lake. Visit in fall and enjoy the rich gold of the Birches against the deep green of the Pine trees. Up for a winter camping experience? You’d have the company of other Pine Bend members who love the pristine beauty of Birch Bend wrapped in snow.
We expect that you’ll meet your organization’s requirements for camping trips, including providing appropriate supervision of young people and providing your own Water Safety Instructor (WSI) supervision at the beach if you plan water activities. Please be considerate of the other Pine Bend members, since you’ll be sharing the property with them. There is no fee for camping at Birch Bend so we also ask that you lend a hand with a service project while you’re at Birch Bend. A list of suggested projects is posted at camp and equipment and supplies will be provided.
Bring your own camping equipment (tents, etc.), food and other provisions and your enthusiasm and love of the outdoors. We’ll provide the sparkling lake, breathtaking sunsets, peaceful twilights, a place to sing and share ghost stories around the campfire and an assortment of wildlife to delight you.
Come to Birch Bend. We’re pleased to share its wonders with you and with your young people. For more information, please contact us.
If you will be camping at Birch Bend soon please read our campground rules.