10. Stony Point Campground

Directions: Stony Point campground is located 13 miles from Walker, Minnesota off Highway 200. Take County Road 13 (also known as the Onigum Road) and follow the signs to the Forest Service campground.

Stony Point campground is set on a rocky point that juts out into Leech Lake and offers visitors a panoramic view of Minnesota's third largest lake.Stony is a popular summer campground, but the site offers year-round recreation opportunities, including spring birding, fishing, swimming and fall hiking.

Seasonal Notes: In 2019, Stony Point campground will be open May 10 through September 30 for camping, but the boat ramp remains open through the year. The gate is currently closed and no camping is allowed off-season.

Winter Recreation: Ice fishing on Leech Lake is a popular winter activity. Check with the MN DNR or local bait shops for current ice conditions and locations of ice roads.

Visitors can access the 1-mile loop trail located across from the boat landing, but the short campground loop road makes for a nice little snowshoe hike as well in the winter.

2019 Camping Season: Stony Point campground will be open from May 10, 2019 to September 30. All sites are reservable, but remember this campground fills up quickly. Beautiful site, especially in the fall with the maples all around.

Check www.recreation.gov for more information on campground sites and opening dates.

Seasons at Stony Point:

Winter: Ice and snow scenes across Leech Lake make for wonderful winter escape. Check with the MN DNR or local bait store re: ice safety from the Stony Point access before going out ice fishing. In the late winter, hike out to the point in the campground to see the ice ridge and the ice push just before break up.

Spring--The campground opens for the summer season late May, but visitors can hike the trail earlier with binoculars and field guides in hand. Stony Point is one of our favorite sites for bird watching and spring wildflower hikes.

You'll see the bright flashes of northern orioles, yellow warblers and scarlet tanagers in the hardwoods in the campground loop. Scan the lakeshore and you will find common terns, red-breasted mergansers and the common loon, Minnesota's state bird.

Along the maple trail, a variety of woodpeckers, nuthatches, chickadees, and more warblers. Come early in the morning on a spring day and just sit and listen to all the bird songs!

Stony Point is a traditional gathering site for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe. This maple forest is a prime site for maple sugaring camps. Visitors hiking along the self-guided trail may see remnants from more historic sugar camps as well as seeing people out tapping trees each spring as the maple sap begins to run.

Wildflowers: Stony Point has its own little micro-climate thanks to having water on three sides. This provides habitat for wildflowers not seen in other parts of the Forest, including Dutchman's Breeches, wild leeks, hepatica. Watch for fiddleheads popping up from the forest floor in early spring.

Summer: This is one of the most popular developed campgrounds in the Chippewa National Forest. Make your reservations early to get one of the best camping spots on Leech Lake. The campground is full almost daily in the summer, thanks to the incredible view of the lake, the open (less-buggy) sites and the northwoods feel of the sites. Stony Point campground has electricity at the campsites, and a new shower building. Visitors can launch their boats next to the campground and park boats in one of the two harbors connected to the campground. There are no docks in the harbors, just soft sand to pull up on.

Campers enjoy the sunsets while sitting next to their campfires.

´╗┐Autumn: Stony Point Campground is open this year until September 24, 2018--so plenty of time to get out and enjoy all the fall color. Trees here are a mix of red maple, sugar maple, box elder (in the maple family), and other hardwoods from oak to aspen. But it is the maples that stand out, and make Stony Point a must-see in the fall.

The drive in to Stony Point is absolutely spectactular during peak leaf color. Visitors will find a beautiful canopy of maples over the road. Bring you camera along. Park at the boat landing parking lot if you come in after the camping season. You can still walk into the loop to enjoy the scenery. Take the self-guiding trail, starting at the top of the camping loop near the back harbor. Watch for the trail signs. This short one-mile hike will take you back to the boat landing parking area and is well worth the time, especially in the fall.Traditional Gathering at Stony Point: