Paint River Hills Campground

and Cabins


                 Things To Do & Links



Walk our half-mile loop trail

The campground offers one of the most unique hiking trails in the Midwest.  Large calcite rock outcroppings are exposed along the trail which winds its way through a rare pure stand of old white cedar.  Along the way the hiker will see large white and red pine as well as hemlock.  Several scenic overlooks on the Paint River provide ample opportunities for the beginner as well as the more serious photographer.  We welcome seeing your pictures and with your permission might include them on our web site.

The half-mile loop trail includes multilingual tree identification markers featuring the native Ojibwe language.  These markers have been put into an Ojibwa tree identification booklet.

Fish the Paint River

Several access sites along the hiking trail provide ideal spots for bait as well as fly fishing.  Fish species in the area include walleye, bass, pan fish  and trout.

Tube the Paint River

Starting at the North 6th Street/Fairbanks Road bridge on the North end of the campground and ending at the DNR access site off Superior Avenue, opposite the City River Walk Park, is a gentle 20 minute tube float that can be enjoyed by the entire family.  You must have your own tube and footgear is recommended.

Enjoy the Wildlife

                 Whitetail Deer                   

The campground is known for the abundance of ‘waawaashkeshiwag’ (whitetail deer) that seek the shelter of the large cedars and bluffs along the Paint River.  Campers are just about guaranteed to see them especially in the early summer when they are fawning and during fall when they eat from over 50 apple trees located throughout the campground.  There are also many songbirds, turkeys, and water fowl along the river.

Local Businesses Within Walking Distance

While visiting you might walk to town for ice cream, fresh bakery, or have lunch at a local deli, stop for a beverage at any of several local watering holes, visit antique shops, or order custom leather goods at a specialty shop that has been in business for over 100 years! There is also a modern library with WI-FI, the Harbor House Museum, and the historic Iron County Court House at the top of the hill.


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Entrance: Latitude:  46.09883    Longitude:  -88.33009

Telephone (906) 875-4977

Three blocks East of US-2 on M-69, then three blocks North at First National Bank
In downtown Crystal Falls

Paint River Hills Campground