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Review Count: 64
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 16

Split Rock Creek State Park, Jasper, Minnesota

Date of Stay: July, 2005 - $19.00
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This park is in extreme SW Minnesota a little SW of Pipestone. We loved camping here for 4 days. The campground is roughly divided into two parts: Those North of the restrooms (sites 7 through 20) are wooded and private while the others surround a football-shaped grassy field. For motorhomes, we think sites 3, 23, 25 are excellent with the others being very good. This is a small park so in a day or two you can hike all of its trails, swim at its nice beach, rent its canoes ($8/4 hrs) or paddle boats ($2/hr), and chat with your neighbors. Cell phone service was poor but sometimes possible. No Blackberry digital coverage in campground. No interpretive center operating (State funding cutback). The river is dammed just below the park so you've got a nice lake, boat launch, and docks within easy walking distance - and this is not a busy park! You're close to Pipestone so you might catch festivities in that area last 2 weeks of July and 1st week of August. Pipestone National Monument is awesome to see too. We camped at Split Rock Creek State Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 64
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 16

Sakatah Lake State Park, Waterville, Minnesota

Date of Stay: July, 2005 - $19.00
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We drove through the campground, but did not stay. The campsites are very tight with many of the driveways sloping front/back and side/side. It would be very hard to level a Class A. Most sites could not accommodate a full sized motorhome. The sites were carved out of a forest - many sites had so many trees opening slides could be problematic. However, for tent camping or popup camping, these issues would not present problems. Tent/popups might not mind the narrow roads with tall trees and boulders lining the road edge. We had a picnic down by the water - which was very nice (lots of mosquitos of course). Nice fishing dock for the kids (but the water was pretty opaque). Campground does have a dump station. We camped at Sakatah Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 64
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 16

Rice Lake State Park, Owatonna, Minnesota

Date of Stay: July, 2005 - $19.00
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Spots are almost always available here. However, very few sites are sufficiently level for a motorhome. On the B loop (electric loop) site 20 is the best for a MH followed by 19, 18 and 17. The others are either too small or too tilted to level without your wheels hanging in the air. There is no dump station at this park any more. Showers and restrooms are in the non-electric "A" loop, are old and dark but kept clean. Nice hiking trails but the woods are very buggy - big flies and hungry mosquitos abound. Poor cell phone coverage in the campground. Most sites don't have good "run around" room for kids - Site 20 has a great "back yard" though. We'd stay here again for an overnighter if we needed a place, but we would not think of this as a "destination" for a week. (Most needed improvement is to regrade sites to be more level side to side and front-to-back. ) We camped at Rice Lake State Park in a Motorhome.

Review Count: 64
States Visited: 13
Helpful Reviews: 16

Myre-Big Island State Park, Albert Lea, Minnesota

Date of Stay: June, 2005 - $15.00
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Two campgrounds: White Fox and Big Island at this state park. We stayed at White Fox - best sites for Class A are 55-63, other sites very fine for popups. Sites are open but shaded. Good run-around room for kids. Big Island campground have sites carved out of the woods. Some sites bit tight for big rigs but are fantastic for tents or popups. Facilities at White Fox are new and kept very clean. Big Island facilities are older but kept clean too. Excellent hiking and bird watching here. Can rent canoes too. We camped at Myre-Big Island State Park in a Motorhome.

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