Cloquet to Indian Lake

2019 West Again, Minnesota, Road Trip, States

The choice of this campground within the Cloquet State Forest near Brimson, Minnesota for tonight’s stay was driven by the fact that it’s a first come, first served and tonight is Friday of the weekend before the Fourth of July, the beginning of high camping season for families. Reservable campgrounds will be filled to capacity everywhere. As we drove here from the KOA we started the process of placing an Amazon order then making arrangements to have our mail sent to our friends’ house where we’ll be next week. We did pause in that task to shoot a few photos of Duluth industrial scene including a mountain of iron pellets. As we got further from Duluth the cell service got sketchy then nonexistent but Apple Maps did get us here. It’s definitely a rustic site and the grass needs to be mown and there’s plenty of mosquitoes and flies but Site #7 offers us a good deal of privacy and a stargazer view of the lake through the trees. After setup we wanted to navigate to Split Rock Lighthouse but with no cell service and no state road map we had to fly by the seats of our pants – south out of the campground entrance, east on CR-55/Rollins Road, then south on CR-2 to Two Harbors. We took advantage of the opportunity to fuel up, get gas, and buy a paper map, and make the final phone call to arrange for mail delivery  then we headed north traveling through the Silver Creek Cliff Tunnel on our was to Split Rock.

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