Effie's Paradise

Space for 1 Rig
Any size
3 nights maximum

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Same day is okay
2 weeks max
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  • Slideouts Allowed
  • Generators Allowed
  • Barbecues Allowed
  • Lawnchairs Allowed
  • Pets Welcome


  • 30 Amp Electric Hookup
  • Wifi
  • Tow Vehicle Parking
  • Off-Leash Area
  • $5/night requested for hookups


We are located 10 miles away from Lake Superior near the town of Finland, MN. We are on 30 acres of woods that back up to the Baptism River. We have about a miles worth of walking trails as well as some pastures for a few horses. We are located within a few hours drive of several State Parks ( some that are only minutes away!) that offer hiking, waterfalls, fishing and just plan gorgeous vistas!
We also are lucky to have hundreds of miles of both snowmobiling & ATV trails right from our driveway! Our site is at our barn. It’s a level gravel spot with a view of woods or our horse pasture.

House Rules

My spouse (Elaine) & I (Sandy) enjoy meeting others that have a love of nature & travel!
We are open to "chatting " if you are. Would love to fill you in on any & all things "North Shore!"
All we ask is that you respect our home by practicing "leave no trace" camping. If using electricity we ask for $5 per day if using AC or electric heat.

Access Road Conditions

Gravel driveway with trees. Once you turn into the drive, take your first right. You'll come to a barn with a gravel parking lot. Pick your spot! Please don’t block the barn door! Shorter rigs can do a turn around.
Longer rigs will require backing up a short distance in to the site.

Tow Vehicle Parking Details

Next to rig.


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We do a lot of last minute trips, but please feel free to contact us to see if we can accommodate you.


Finland, MN, United States of America

Suggested Local Attractions

Tettegouce State Park, Palisade Overlook, Black Beach, Trestle Inn, the BWCAW and many waterfalls!

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Member Since
August 13, 2018
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References for Effie's Paradise


September 2021

Very Fine

What a nice place to stop. Great people, wonderful place for a little walk, and a quiet place to spend the night. Plenty of room to park, and even 30A connection. Using T mobile, we received good internet connection. Great folk, good wine, and passable cookies (made by me!!) made for a very fine stop.


September 2021

A little piece of heaven

This was the perfect spot from which to experience the amazing north shore. Super grateful for the beautiful location and real hospitality!


September 2021


This was our first Boondockers Welcome and it was terrific. The hosts are kind and generous and their property is lovely.
Thank you for everything!


September 2021

Very welcoming

Pleasant hosts, great place to over night.


September 2021

Awesome place and host.

This was an awesome place to stay the spot was big enough for our 69 foot rig. The host were great to talk to. They are very involved in their community so they know what is going on in the area. Highly recommend staying there if in the area.


August 2021

Gracious hosts

We responded most favorably last September, 2020.

Peter MacRae


July 2021

Lovely stay

Had a lovely 2 night stay Sandy and Elaine. They were very gracious and hosted happy hour each evening. It was fun meeting them and their friends. They are right on an ATV trail that is also good for walking and biking. Also have hiking trails on their property. Would definitely come back


July 2021

Favorite stay!

We loved our stay at Effie’a Paradise— it became our paradise too! Our dogs loved running around and playing outside as well as joining us on walks around the property. The hosts were as generous as they come and the stay was so peaceful and serene. We cannot wait to visit again :)


July 2021

Best people.

Great hosts. Site beside a barn with lots of privacy. Mosquitoes were really intense. The hosts were GREAT!!!! Very hospitalitible & gracious! A lot of fun to visit with!


July 2021

This is truly a paradise

HappyTrails were wonderful hosts. They responded very quickly to our request! They provided great driving and parking directions prior to arrival. They are very pleasant to visit with and very knowledgeable about the area, providing us with many tips on places to see and things to do during our stay. We had a 30 foot 5th wheel and had no problems parking. We had our dog with and he loved the freedom their place offers while still being in our sight. We encountered a deer while walking on their nicely groomed trail that borders the river. This was our first stay with Boondockers Welcome and it was a great first experience for us with such wonderful hosts!


July 2021

Serene Farm Setting

Horses for "neigh"-bors. OK, that's cheesy; they didn't make any noise at all. The hosts, like the horses, were quite friendly and welcoming. We were surrounded by trees and pasture with a wonderful trail around the farm. What's not to like? We explored the local area and hiked around a lake in a nearby State Park. Beautiful.


June 2021

Great place to stay

Awesome place to stay!! This was my first time using Boondockers and I my expectations were exceeded!! Perfect area with our own space and they an invite to happy hour chatting up by the house :)


June 2021

Peace and Tranquil setting

Happy Trails indeed! wonderful hosts giving us excellent direction and assistance in settling in. Their space is nestled in the woods and provided a peaceful nights respite. We were so grateful for their care and stewardship of this beautiful land and of course for sharing it with us. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay and highly recommend if you are in the area.


June 2021

Peace and quiet in the woods

Peace and quiet in the woods
What a wonderful location! Just a few miles from a bigger town and yet in the middle of nowhere. And my spot was right next to the horses, which made me very very happy 😊
The hosts could not have been any more welcoming and helpful. Very helpful information and suggestions about the north shore.
Lots of areas to have the dogs run. I heard the wolves howl at night.
Thank you again for having us!


June 2021

North Shore MN Perfection

North Shore of MN is such a great area. Waterfalls, hiking, biking ATV/snowmobile trails. Effie's Paradise is ideally located to explore the area. Plenty of room to park with maybe a small challenge making a turn in the driveway. No issues at all for us in the truck camper.

Hosts are wonderful providing lots of local knowledge and recommendations. All of which we followed and were spot on.

For sure if we make our way back to this beautiful area we will visit Effie's Paradise again.

Thanks again to Happy Trails for accommodating us and the friendship shown.


June 2021

Perfectly Located

Hosts were very welcoming, great conversationalists, and provided helpful itinerary tips. Beautiful, quiet setting to boondock. Highly recommend and would stay here again if ever in the area.


May 2021

Great time!!

Such a nice time! They gave us great tips that make us want to come back to the area. Thank you for the tips, food and fun!!


March 2021

Great Minnesota spot

Had a great repeat stay. I appreciate the hospitality!


October 2020


This was our first Boondockers stay. We were very pleased. The hosts were very kind. I would love to stay here again sometime. It was close to the north shore which made for easy touring. Thank you.


October 2020

Very nice!

Nice place, nice people. With a trail next to the river.


October 2020

Peaceful and beautiful

We loved our stay here. It was peaceful and serene with great hosts. We loved the trails on our evening wal, enjoyed the starry night sky, and being close to some great hiking.


September 2020

Saved the Day

These guys helped us out coming and going! They were quick to respond and It was easy to access their property. We had plenty of space. Great to meet them and their other guests.


September 2020


It was a real treat to stay here. Wonderful hosts, beautiful property and so much to do and see in the area.


September 2020

Loved It !!

Great stay!! Great location for doing different activities on the North Shore. Hosts were delightful. It’s a perfect boondock!! Thank you!!! Hope to see you next year!!


September 2020

Welcoming adventurers

Our hosts were so welcoming. They let our dog run free and welcomed us to a socially distanced happy hour on their deck.


September 2020

Lovely stay

They were so welcoming and accommodating wish I could have stayed longer! They even offered for me to come the same night when they found out I was not in a good spot. Enjoyed walking the trails with our dogs and the conversation


September 2020

First time ever

First time ever RVing for us.

All we can say is best experience ever!

Having the opportunity to stay on the north shore and not in an RV park next to other's was incredible, but being able to meet these great people (Sandy and Elaine) well, MEMORABLE.

Loved every moment.

Donna and Steve


August 2020

Super sccomodating

It was a great stay, very nice folks!


August 2020

Friendly hosts, quiet peaceful place

This was my first BW experience and it was perfect. Nice, quiet place to park on beautiful land, and friendly hosts to visit with on my journey. Hope I get a chance to pass this way again!


August 2020

Gorgeous place

Truly in the woods with super hosts. Had a quiet night of sleep. There’s a mowed trail for walking and some good suggestions for touring the area. All thumbs up! Thank you folks!


August 2020

Great experience!

Elaine & Sandy are both great hosts. We spent two nights with them and learned a lot about the area and really enjoyed their company. If you're exploring the North Shore of Superior I highly recommend Effie's Paradise.


August 2020

Peaceful stop

The hosts of Effie’s Place were wonderful. So welcoming and kind! And Effie is adorable. It’s a great place to explore the North Shore area, and we wish we’d had more time. The spot was level and private and the electric hookup and Wi-Fi were a real bonus! Thank you, Effie and gang!


July 2020

Great place and wonderful people

We stayed for one night and highly recommend the place. Driving instructions easy to follow, parking area nice with view to fields, horses and woods. Had a really interesting chat with the hosts who know the area very well and also shared tips including where to see moose ( we did not see any this time though)


July 2020


Enjoyed evening conversations with our host. Lots of room for parking. We enjoyed walking on the property. It was nice to have internet and to be fairly close to the shoreline. Lots of hiking and biking opportunities.


July 2020


Amazing people
Amazing pets
Amazing place
Effie’s paradise is an amazing place to stay!


July 2020

Beautiful Place in the Woods

Great hosts! Had a nice visit before we left. It's easy to find, quiet, beautiful. Plenty of space to maneuver your rig. The trials around their property are easy to walk and beautiful. Thanks!


July 2020

Effie's Paradise is paradise!

Happy Trails were super hosts! They were very cordial and helpful.


July 2020

Great hosts - Great spot!

A gem of a spot - private, scenic, and an extra bonus of great walking trails! The hosts were fantastic - great knowledge of the North Shore and even had some new ideas for veteran North Shore visitors like us! This was our first Boondocking experience - so glad we landed here.


July 2020

Quiet and relaxed.

The area was very quiet and relaxing.


June 2020

Great place

This was a wonderful place to visit. Happy Trails are helpful, generous, and very knowledgeable about the area. Great place to boondock!


June 2020

Great place

Very nice property and wonderful hosts.


October 2019

Great Stay!

It was such a quiet and beautiful property! THANK YOU HappyTrails for accommodating our last minute plans!


September 2019

Forest Hideaway

We’re so happy we discovered this little gem in the north woods. Our hosts were very helpful and welcoming. We enjoyed visiting and had a peaceful night.


September 2019


We wish we could have stayed longer. Such gracious and engaging hosts--all three! A beautiful hidden gem in Minnesota's north woods, on a well-kept, active, almost dream-like small farmstead. And the trailer parking area was just far enough away from, and accessible via a tree-lined avenue to, the main house. We thoroughly enjoyed our short visit.


September 2019

Peaceful!! Exactly what we were hoping for!

Wonderful area, very welcoming and helpful hosts, great experience for our first time boondocking!
Hope to return!

La Strada

August 2019

Two great ladies and a beautiful spot

We stayed two nights and did the 61 from the Canadian border to Finland. And the rest of 61 today.
We got a lot of interesting tips from the ladies.
We enjoyed staying there and talk with them and met nice other people.
Thanks a lot.
Mia & Clemens


August 2019

Great Stay

Beautiful and quite. Host we very welcoming and where happy to have the kids and dog.


August 2019

What a great stay!

What fantastic hosts! This is a beautiful property up in the trees, within an easy drive of some North Shore favorites. Effie's people are friendly and a great resource for tips on local events and suggestions for routes leading to the road less traveled.

Thanks so much for directions for the route past Lax Lake into Two Harbors! Beautiful drive and great roads! We followed your suggestion for Spoke and Go and the coffee place - and now have a new favorite place to stop. :-)

Thanks so much for hosting us!


August 2019


There were very. Great. Hosts. Fun pepole


July 2019

Peaceful & relaxing

Had a wonderful stay with Our hosts @ Effie’s Paradise.
Thank you so much for welcoming us to your property,& home.
You have a slice of heaven there!
Thank you for all the suggestions of where to eat,& places to visit!
Great suggestion on the “Rustic Inn Cafe”!
Great food,& delicious pies!
If ever in the area again, would definitely love to stay here!
Thank you again!


July 2019

Great stay in Finland

Don’t know how it got on the website that we declined a stay at Happy Trails because we had a lovely stay there on July19-20 2019.
Quit, quiet and great scenery. The hosts love where they live and willing to share their joy of living there with you. Fun to hear stories of what it is really like to live “up North” in the winner.
They are also a wealth of information on what to see in that part of the world.
We’ll stay again when in that part of the world.


July 2019

Very friendly couple

We had the spot next to the barn and enjoyed watching the horses graze in the morning. Easy access. Hosts are very friendly and We enjoyed our evening conversations with them. They were able to give us a lot of good information on places to visit in the area. Hope to meet up with you guys when you’re in Florida.


November 2018

Great Spot Wonderful People!!!!

Such a lovely place to come and visit!!!

My wife and i came here (on the very very slim chance) to see the Northern Lights! When i asked about the lights, they gave me information about the northern lights and links to track the best time to see them.

Whilst we didn't see the Lights, the people were wonderful and very social. Took us for a tour around the area and we shared drinks and stories every night.

We look forward to our paths crossing again!


September 2018

Convenient, yet secluded, and lovely

Sandy and Elaine were wonderful hosts, leading a 4-loop mile-long walk around their property and giving us guidance for things to do and places to go up and down Highway 61. Enjoyed their company, their apples, and the horses that were our neighbors for the two nights we were there. Very conveniently located to nearby Ely and the North Shore.


August 2018

Great Stay at Effie's Paradise in Finland

This was another great stop-over for us using Boondockers Welcome. They were quick to respond to our request and when we arrived they helped us get settled. These ladies sure made us feel welcome. It is our first time in the Lake Superior area, and they helped familiarize us with the "North Shore" and some local hikes, good restaurants, and suggested many places along Hwy 61 to visit, etc. Also told us about a local dump station in Finland that saved us having to drive much further away. We were happy to be their first Boondocker guests. You can't go wrong staying at their lovely property.