Camp Buckskin is located in the scenic north woods of northeast Minnesota, approximately 240 miles NE from Minneapolis- St. Paul. Surrounded by the 3 million acre Superior National Forest, the grounds include both old growth White Pines, as well as many acres of new growth Jack Pine trees planted by the Civilian Conservation Corp in the early 1930’s.
Our camp is sited on 165 acres on the western shore of Lower Lake McDougal, which is one of three in a chain of lakes. The Stony River also runs through the property which provides a variety of natural environments for our campers to explore and learn about. This relaxed, healthy atmosphere provides an ideal environment in which our campers can more easily open themselves up to the therapeutic opportunities for social, emotional, and academic growth.
Getting to Camp
For the majority of our campers, we are their first away from home experience. We want to help them adjust to the new setting as quickly and easily as possible. Our caring, supportive staff will help them with this transition, which will maximize both their learning from and enjoyment of the experience. But in order for all this to happen, we obviously need to get the young people to camp.
Most of our campers are from the Midwest and driven up to camp, as we believe it to be very beneficial for both parents and campers, particularly first time attendees. By seeing camp and meeting the staff our parents are more comfortable, which definitely has a positive affect on their child. If you would be driving to camp there are many excellent hotels, resorts, state parks, camp grounds, and other sites of interest along the North Shore of Lake Superior and in the Ely area.
Directions from Duluth, MN to Camp Buckskin:
Take MN Hwy 61 towards Two Harbors (24.6 miles). In Two Harbors, turn left at 4th St / County Rd 2. We advise you fill up with gas in Two Harbors because it is the last stop before getting to camp. Then proceed to take County Rd 2 till you come the intersection with Hwy 1(45.6 miles). Take a right onto Hwy 1 (2.3 miles) towards Isabella. Then turn right at Fredrickson Lane.
If you are using GPS or getting directions from googlemaps.com, the physical address for camp that you will need to enter is:
9830 Fredrickson Ln, Isabella, MN 55607
While most of our campers are Midwesterners, we’ve had campers from all over the country including Alaska and Hawaii. We’ve also had international campers far away as Japan and Australia. For our campers from further away, we meet them at their gate in the airport in Duluth, MN. Our staff will help them collect their bags, bring them the 85 miles up to camp, and get them settled in.
With regards to scheduling flights camp requests that campers arrive and depart between 11 am and 1 pm. If you have questions or concerns about your child’s travel plans please contact camp directly.