Pfeiffer Lake

Cook, Minnesota

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Overview

Pfeiffer Lake Campground, located adjacent to it's namesake lake, is a small, peaceful and scenic facility in the Superior National Forest of Minnesota. The lake's healthy population of fish make it a favorite spot for anglers, and the swim beach, playground and picnic area provide fun for the whole family.

Superior National Forest, located in northeastern Minnesota's arrowhead region, is comprised of 3 million acres. The forest spans 150 miles along the United States-Canada border. Visitors can find recreation opportunities year-round, including travel in the famous Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.

Recreation

Pfeiffer Lake has many activities that attract visitors, fishing being one of the most popular. Panfish, bass, perch and walleye can be caught from the fishing dock or offshore, accessible via the facility's boat ramp.

Canoeing and kayaking are also a favorite pastime. Boating is controlled due to the lake's loon population.

The picnic area is next to a grassy swimming beach and 3-mile interpretive hiking trail.

Facilities

The campground has a mix of reservable and first-come, first-served campsites, some of which can accommodate RVs up to 45 ft. long. The campground provides fire rings, tables, drinking water, vault toilets and a centrally located playground that offers children a great place to run off the day's energy.

A campground host is on site to answer any questions.

Natural Features

The campground sits in a forest of mixed hardwoods and pine. Some balsam fir trees have been thinned due to pests, and new pine and cedar have been planted in their place. Parts of the campground may be open and sunny as a result.

The lake is 57 acres and has an irregular shoreline great for exploring by canoe or kayak. The lake area is also a nesting place for loons and a habitat for other birds and wildlife.

Nearby Attractions

Numerous outdoor recreation opportunities lie within Superior National Forest's 77 lake accesses, 13 fishing piers, 10 swimming beaches and 22 picnic areas. The forest is also home to three scenic byways.

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