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Located just off Highway 77, Grindstone Lake is centrally located between Duluth, MN, and Eau Claire, WI. Close to the towns of Hayward, WI, and New Post, you will want to rent a camper near Grindstone Lake when you’re interested in seeing some of the lesser-visited regions of northwestern Wisconsin.

The area of Grindstone Lake was first discovered by the Ojibwa Indians who describe the lake as ‘gaa-zhiigwanaabikokaag' which can be loosely translated as ‘a place abundant with grindstones.' Later on, Henry Schoolcraft rediscovered the lake and named it ‘Lac Du Gres’ or Sandstone Lake. Despite the lake’s rich cultural history, it is a place that is seldom visited by travelers today.

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Getting Outdoors

Grindstone Lake is said to have some of the clearest water in the region and, for this reason, it is an excellent spot to indulge in a spot of fishing. Fishing enthusiasts with an RV rental near Grindstone Lake can try their hand at catching one of the many bluegill, muskie or northern pike that thrive in these waters. Fishing is lucrative from the 10-mile long shoreline. However, fishing from the deeper waters can be much more rewarding. Anyone motorhome camping with their own boat can access the water with ease and will have a greater chance at catching one of the trophy-sized largemouth bass that frequent this freshwater lake.

There are plenty of activities to keep you busy when you camp in an RV near Grindstone Lake during the winter months. Grindstone Lake is known for its fantastic ice fishing for walleye, with ten-pound fish being recorded every single year! Reaching freezing temperatures each year, the hills that surround Grindstone Lake receive enough snowfall to support a fantastic network of cross-country skiing trails. Whilst the Hayward Hospital Ski Trail provides an easy loop for beginners, and the seasoned skier can head for the more challenging Lost Land Lake Ski Trail.

Keen walkers camping at Grindstone Lake will be glad to know that there are plenty of hiking opportunities in the area too. The Grindstone Creek State Wildlife Management Area is located just east of Grindstone Lake and provides a series of scenic strolls suitable for any fitness level. Take one of the leisurely trails along the creek to observe the birds fishing for dinner in the water, or delve deeper into the surrounding woods to catch a glimpse of the resident deer.

Camping at Grindstone Lake

RV camping at Grindstone Lake is easy thanks to the RV-friendly campsite situated on the easternmost shores of the lake. The Trails End Resort and Campground offers travelers the choice of sixty sites, some of which enjoy beautiful lakeside views. The majority of sites are equipped with full hookup facilities but make sure you arrive early to guarantee one of these sought after spots. Alternatively, all campers have access to the onsite washroom, laundry room, and dump station.

Campers will find a more extensive selection of campgrounds at the neighboring Lake Chippewa. Although there are a variety of campsites to choose from, consider setting up camp with your RV rental at the picturesque Lake Chippewa Campground. Located on a land-tied island, this campground is only accessible by a narrow tombolo. As well as a tranquil atmosphere, campers can enjoy full hookups, picnic tables, and fire pits.

Exploring the Area

When you’re looking for a few more cultural activities during your Grindstone Lake camping trip, take a quick fifteen-minute drive north to the town of Hayward. One of the town’s quirkiest attractions is the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall Of Fame. With over 30,000 square feet of exhibition space that stretches over five stories, the museum claims to be the world’s largest fishing museum. Spend an afternoon perusing through displays of over 800 reels and 6,000 lures. Then, swat up on classic fishing techniques before heading to back to the lake to put what you’ve learned into practice!

For a more family-friendly activity, head to Hayward’s Wilderness Walk Zoo. Stretching across 35-acres, this scenic zoo is on a mission to educate children and adults alike about the natural world. Take a wander around the immaculate grounds before returning to the deer house in time for the feeding hour. During the holidays the zoo organizes special events where children can pan for gold and get up-close and personal with the farmyard animals!

End your day in Hayward with a quick visit to the small but informative Museum of the American Birkebeiner. Through state-of-the-art displays and interactive exhibitions, visitors can learn about the man who founded North America’s largest cross-country ski race; The Birkebeiner. Visit the museum via a self-guided tour, however, to make the most out of your visit, call ahead to organize a tour with one of the knowledgeable volunteers working here.

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