Bear Head Lake Campground

When you start checking out RV rentals in St. Louis County, you’ll need a place to park, stay, and play, and you may want to look at Bear Head Lake State Park for all three. The park offers excellent outdoor recreational opportunities and other amenities for the whole family.The campsites at Bear Head Lake Campground can accommodate vehicles up to 60 feet in length. Sites are semi-secluded and have picnic tables and fire rings with grills, and some campsites have electrical hookups. Vault toilets are available all year round. Seasonal amenities at this scenic campground include flush toilets, showers, and a dump station.

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Camping with an RV

Camping with an RV

Have you ever wanted to sleep at the foot of a mountain or wake up to the sound of the ocean’s waves gently crashing on the shore? When on a road trip, do you like to stop at every weird and wonderful roadside attraction? Do you ever just want to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and get out into the great outdoors? Then renting an RV is definitely for you.

Camping in an RV allows you to adventure on your terms. Whether you’re looking to bond over an open fire with family and friends or you just want to get away for a while, there’s no better way to do it than from behind the wheel of an RV.

How Outdoorsy Works


Find the perfect RV

Choose your location, dates, and send the owner a request to book.


Delivery or Pickup

Arrange a pick up time with the owner or have it delivered to your driveway or destination.

Let us help

Most owners have the option to deliver and set up the RV right to your destination.


Adventure awaits!

Enjoy the freedom of the open road nd the assurance of 24/7 roadside assistance.

After your trip, return the RV to the owner on the same condition you recieved it.

The Great Outdoors

There is plenty to do right at the Bear Head Lake State Park when you camp in an RV near Ely. The park is secluded in the North Woods and features the 674-acre Bear Head Lake as well as smaller lakes and 23 miles of lake shoreline. Black bear, white-tailed deer, red squirrels, moose, chipmunks, snowshoe hares, bald eagles, and red crossbills call the forest their home. A trail center on-site features interpretive exhibits and programs. Fishing gear, boats, motors, canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and snowshoes are all available for rent. Other recreational opportunities include hiking, picnicking, fishing, nature and wildlife viewing, and photography.The Lost Lake Peatland Scientific and Natural Area is a 2,660-acre area of unspoiled natural beauty that you can access easily when you are RV camping at Bear Head Lake Campground. Native plant species here include rare montane yellow-eyed grass, Torrey’s mannagrass, and coastal sedge. There is also a wide variety of native and migratory birds. Recreational opportunities in the area include dog walking, hiking, fishing, hunting and trapping, nature and wildlife viewing, photography, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.Superior National Forest is another great way to experience the great outdoors with your motorhome rental near the Bear Head Lake Campground. It covers over three million acres with 1,300 miles of coldwater streams, 950 miles of warm water streams, and 2,000 miles of trails. Gray wolves call this massive forest home. Special places in the forest include the Superior National Forest Scenic Byway, the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, and the Sturgeon River Trail. Naturalist programs for all ages are offered through the North Shore Resort Naturalist Program. The Discovery Auto Tour features self-guided interpretive scenic drives, and popular recreational opportunities in the forest include boating, swimming, hiking, climbing, fishing, hunting, nature viewing and photography, rock and mineral collecting, and geocaching and letterboxing.

Exploring the Area

There is lots to do and see right in Ely when you rent a camper near the Bear Head Lake Campground. Ely is situated on the Vermilion Iron Range, and it has been the site of several iron ore mines. It remains an industrial city, yet it also retains much of its spectacular scenery. Some of the must-see sights here include the North American Bear Center, the International Wolf Center, the Brandenburg Gallery, and the Dorothy Molter Museum and Cabin. The Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness contains one million acres of forest and 1,500 miles of waterways, and there are many other local, state, and federally maintained parks and green spaces. Special events that take place here every year include the Boundary Waters Blues Festival and Dog Jam, the Chocoholic Frolic, the Harvest Moon Festival, the Festival of Trees, and the WolfTrack Classic. Be sure to check out the Ely Chamber of Commerce and Explore Minnesota for up-to-date information on area attractions, events, happenings, and visitor guides.You can also explore the majestic Voyageurs National Park near International Falls with your Ely rental motorhome. This park is named after the fur traders and travelers of the North Woods, and you can learn about their history and culture here. The park has designated 13 Visitor Destinations, and there are also over 400 archaeological sites that have been preserved. A wide variety of boat tours and other ranger-led programs are offered, including canoe trips, an ethnobotanical garden tour, Creature Feature, the Life on the Lake Tour, an Ellsworth Rock Gardens Cruise, and the Grand Tour.If you’re in the mood to head out of the RV campgrounds for local fun and food, you’ll have your choice of steakhouses, pizza and wings, classic and contemporary American fare, brewpubs and grills, ethnic eateries, and familiar fast-casual chains. And when it’s time to fuel up your Ely motorhome rental, you can find both gasoline and diesel fuel easily at any of the area truck stops, convenience stores, and service stations.

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All towables


Trailers for all types of towing vehicles, including SUVs and pickups.

Folding Trailer

Trailers you can tow with passenger vehicles or SUVs. A great way to transform average cars into adventure cars.


Larger trailers that attach to towing vehicles with a gooseneck extension in the truck bed.

Toy Hauler

Living quarters in the front with dedicated space for hauling motorcycles or other “toys” in the back.

Utility Trailer

All other types of towable trailers.

All drivables

Class C

Popular with small families and first-time RV drivers who want a little more room than a van. Comparable to driving a truck.

Camper Van

The smallest and nimblest of fully enclosed RVs. Drives like a van. Loves posing for Instagram.

Class B

A formal-sounding name for camper van, but just as photogenic.

Class A

Drivers should be comfortable driving bus-sized vehicles and dealing with parking limitations. Great for delivery.

Truck Camper

If you can drive a truck, you can drive a truck camper. Makes roughing it significantly less rough.


All other types of drivable vehicles.


Questions about RVs?


What type of RV should I choose?


Start by determining how many people are planning to travel with you. Going on a solo-journey? Choose a camper van or a teardrop trailer. Bringing the whole family along for the ride? Consider a spacious Class A or five-wheel.

You’ll also want to consider amenities. For example, if you’re planning to cook on the road, you’ll want a kitchenette. If your campground doesn’t have public restrooms, you’ll want to search RVs with bathrooms. Check out full descriptions of our models to help you decide here.


Do the RVs have bathrooms?


Yes. Class A’s, Class B’s, and Class C’s and five-Wheels typically have bathrooms. Depending on where you plan on camping, you’ll want to double-check the availability of restrooms if selecting a rig without a bathroom. Nervous about renting an RV with a bathroom? Owners can help show you how to clean the tank or will offer to do it for you for a fee.


How does check-in work?


Once an Owner approves your RV reservation, you can coordinate a time to pick up your rig or have it delivered to your doorstep or campsite. At that point, the owner will do a key exchange with you and walk you through the RV and answer any questions you might have.