Help us build our 2017 wild bird list

Campers' Paradise is a bird-watcher's paradise, too! Our Island's forest, marshes and shoreline attract a bevy of wild birds. When you come to Campers' Paradise, keep your eyes peeled and let us know what birds you spot on -- or off -- the island.

To add a bird to the list, tell us in the office or send us an e-mail at

2017 wild bird list
Eagles (3 offspring!)
Hooded merganser (female + ducklings)
Turkey vulture
Hairy woodpecker
Pileated woodpecker
King bird
Yellow warbler
Red-winged blackbird
Baltimore oriole
Blue jay
Great horned owl (heard)
Barred owl
Mourning dove
Red-tailed hawk
Broad-winged hawk
Sandhill cranes (& young)
Canada geese
Great blue heron
Chipping sparrow
Yellow-bellied sapsucker

News from the Island


Logo for Goin' to the Lake TV featureWCCO came to our lake!
In 2016, Twin Cities TV station WCCO featured Lake Belle Taine and Campers' Paradise on its summer-long feature, "Goin' to the Lake." You can still catch the segment at


Help us keep Lake Belle Taine free of invasive species
If you plan to bring watercraft -- fishing boat, personal watercraft, sailboat, etc. – on your Campers’ Paradise vacation, please fill out this one-page form. See the details on our Policies page.

Take a hike!
Walkers, hikers, bikers and joggers love stretching their legs (or working off those s'mores) on the Island's roads and paths. But we're always getting asked, "How far..." So we created a fitness map for the Island.

Lake with blue sky and white cloudsEverything you want to know about Lake Belle Taine
Want to know more about Lake Belle Taine? Check out the Minnesota DNR's Lake Finder for info about our favorite lake from water clarity to lake maps to a fish survey to water levels.


Preserving our historic cabins
Corner of cabin showing new chinking.Our historic log camping cabins, built in the '20s by Finnish craftsmen, were in need of some exterior TLC to help preserve them. In 2011, the logs were "sandblasted" with corn cobs to remove any damaged wood. Those areas were then repaired. The spaces between the logs were "remortared" and a new coat of paint applied to the trim. Here's how they look all spruced up.
Cabin with newly refinished logs and painted trim.

E-mail us your photos
Whether it’s a group shot from your first visit in 1972 or Two boys tubing -- one is excited, the other is afraid. a picture of last year’s fish that didn’t get away, we’d love to share your photos on our Web site. Please e-mail us your favorite photos that capture the Campers’ Paradise experience, and we’ll post them in our gallery. For more info, click on Gallery.