These beautiful campsites are located either lakeside or very near the lake. A centrally located shower house with modern bathroom conveniences is located nearby. There is also a centrally located food cache shed with refrigerators and freezers for use.
Camp Northern lights does not have an RV dump station. However, there is one located in Babbitt and Ely.
- Babbitt: Babbitt City Garage, 39 North Dr, Babbitt MN 55706 / 218-827-2129
- Ely: Ely Chamber of Commerce, 1600 E Sheridan St, Ely MN 55731 / 218-365-612
- $10 or less
Each site comes equipped with the following:
- Picnic table
- Fire ring (with grate)
- Bear box (food storage container) *dishes provided inside
- Electrical hookup (30 amp)
- Water spigot (clean, potable drinking water)
These sites are non-smoking and seasonal, available in the summer only.
Camping Equipment Reservations
To reserve camping or cooking equipment, the Equipment Reservation Form must be filled out and received 7 days prior to your session at camp. Please email completed forms to CNLcove@ymcanorth.org. You may also reserve equipment when you arrive at camp depending on availability.
View a camp map for location details.
Located in Back of Beyond Village
The original resort that operated these cabins was founded in 1939, and at that time, it was called Buena Vista—however, the owners’ daughters wanted to name the resort Back of Beyond because it was more mysterious and puzzling. Back of Beyond means “a distant place, extremely remote”—in other words, a great place to getaway!
The tent sites in Back of Beyond Village are named for fish native to the area.
Each of the 7 tent sites sleep 6.
Tent & RV Sites
These 5 sites can accommodate vehicles, including small campers or pop-up trailers up to 25 feet. Much of the ground is covered in pea gravel but tents are welcome at these sites too.
These 2 sites cannot accommodate vehicles or trailers. Vehicles can be driven very close on arrival and departure days.
Summer Family Camp rates
- 3-day stay $285
- Full week stay $575
Available in September & May
- Book Your Own Getaway rate: $40 per night