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RV camp at Sherwood Forest Campground and gain a world of adventure, fun, and enjoyment of beautiful scenery. The low-lying hills around Lake Ore-Be-Gone were once stripped bare of trees, but thanks to the efforts of local residents, trees have returned. Camp at Sherwood Forest Campground to get a sense of what it was like before man brought an ax to northern Minnesota.
Sherwood Forest Campground is a seasonal facility, open only between May through the end of October. There are 57 sites for guests to choose from. Thirty-two have full hookups, 11 water, and electric, and one has only electric. The remainder is primitive. The restrooms are wheelchair accessible with flush toilets and showers. Well-behaved, leashed pets are welcomed.
On the shores of Lake Ore-Be-Gone, which is a former mining pit that was flooded, Sherwood Forest Campground is also close to Mesabi Trail, a popular biking trail, and the only OHV park in Minnesota. The downtown area of Gilbert is about a half-mile walk from Sherwood Forest Campground. However, the closest town with a wider variety of shopping options, as well as a hospital with an emergency room, is Virginia, about 10 miles northwest. Create the perfect RV camping trip for family and friends when you book an RV in St. Louis County.
Plundered and ravaged for ore and other minerals, the state of Minnesota dammed a river downstream, and in the process, flooded the retired mine. Today, Lake Ore-Be-Gone is a picturesque lake. The shore is a mix of open meadows and woods. Although the lake is small, encompassing only 140 acres, it’s well over 500 feet deep. As a result, the lake is extremely popular for scuba diving, and it often is recommended for beginners and experienced divers alike. All scuba divers should be prepared for frigid water temperatures. There are several attractions within the lake’s murky depths, which include a Huey helicopter, school bus, an old U.S. army plane, vintage cars, abandoned boats, and of course, fish. Divers should bring multiple air tanks; the closest facility that can refill them is in Tower, MN, which is over 30 miles north.
The side of a small hill was gouged and now is a popular cliff-diving spot. The jump is, which is not for the faint-hearted, is clean 20-foot drop from the top of the cliffs to the water.
Fishing is enjoyed by many. In 2015, a trio of fishermen reeled in a 16-pound trophy-sized lake trout, and local fishermen have reported seeing larger trout elude their hooks. In addition to rainbow trout, which is stocked by the state, fishermen can catch brook trout, bluegill, crappie, and walleye. There is a boat launch, or if a fisherman prefers to keep his feet on solid land, bankside fishing is allowed.
Iron Range OHV Park is the only OHV park in Minnesota. There are nearly 40 miles of trails for ATVs, OHVs, and ORVs to explore. The trails range from easy to very difficult. Trail passes are available for non-resident adventurers.
Hikers and nature lovers are sure to hit the trails near Sherwood Forest Campground. Taconite State Trail stretches over 165 miles from Grand Rapids to Ely, MN. The multi-use trail winds through groves of birch and aspen trees intermingled with towering pines. Slightly hilly, the trail by lakes, rivers, meadows, and through deep, misty woods. Horseback riders and bicycle riders too enjoy the terrain. In wintertime, when snow blankets Minnesota, the fun doesn’t stop. Adventurers embark into the icy forests on cross-country skis and snowmobiles.
Jump into a rental motorhome and hit the Superior National Forest Byway. Explore the charming small towns that are full of history and friendly residents. The Byway snakes over 50 miles through dense forests from Aurora, to Silver Bay, MN, which borders Lake Superior. A few miles south of Silver Bay is the historic Split Rock Lighthouse, which is reputed to be one of the most photogenic lighthouses in Minnesota. Built-in the early 1900s, the lighthouse is situated atop a high, craggy clifftop that teeters over Lake Superior.
Many towns in Minnesota have museums that spotlight their role in the state’s formative past. The Minnesota Museum of Mining in Chisholm, MN, sheds light on the various mining projects in the state. Many artifacts and genuine equipment are on display, and visitors are encouraged to climb inside the mining trucks, steam shovel, and the 1907 steam locomotive.
Whether you’re after an idyllic Airstream camping experience, history, or diving adventures, you’ll find it all at Sherwood Forest Campground. Grab an RV rental today and make new memories in Minnesota.